Netflix wins an Oscar for sports doping documentary 'Icarus'

Kyle Pauley Lawrence Gonzales

Kyle Pauley Lawrence Gonzales

"We hope "Icarus" is a wake-up call, yes about Russian Federation but more than that about the importance of telling the truth", Fogel said.

Fogel, an amateur cyclist, made a decision to apply a similar concept to athletics by using performance-enhancing drugs while training for a race in France and seeing if he could pass an anti-doping test.

The movie premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and screened last summer in Chilmark as part of the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival.

"Here was this guy confessing he'd used performance-enhancing drugs his entire life", said Fogel. "He was amusing and compelling as he sees me evading testing and interviewing sports leaders and anti-doping officials". During the course of the investigation, Fogel met Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the then-director director of Russia's Anti-Doping Center.

Rodchenkov would go on to make allegations to the New York Times about a Russian doping operation at events including their home 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. "By that point, Bryan and Grigory had developed a very close friendship and we felt it was our obligation, when he was in real need, to help him get to safety". The company is dedicated to funding documentaries with a social justice bent. "I'm honored that this is their film".

Among the other films we've written about on TechCrunch, Blade Runner 2049 won for best cinematography and best visual effects, while The Shape of Water won for best director, best production design, best original score - and the big one, best picture. "I go from, 'This is a insane story about Russian Federation and this scandal in sports, ' to all of a sudden Russian Federation is dominating the news". This certainly marks a victory for the 1997 founded video-on-demand service, Netflix.

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