Russian Olympics doping doc 'Icarus' wins Best Documentary at Oscars

'Icarus' Filmmakers Dedicate Best Feature Documentary Oscar to Whistleblower Now Living In 'Grave Danger'

The film about the doping system in Russian Federation has won an Oscar at Sunday's 90th Academy Awards (Oscars) in Los Angeles.

It beat out both Agnes Varda's feel-good "Faces Places", which took the Film Independent Spirt Award Saturday, and the harrowing White Helmets documentary "Last Men in Aleppo". Backstage, the filmmakers called for the resignation of International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach who they described as "a crook".

"We hope Icarus is a wake-up call".

The film documents Fogel's plan to dope and compete in an amateur cycling event. (He has seen the film.) Fogel, meanwhile, is writing a TV series in the vein of Netflix's The Crown and FX's The Americans about the alleged 40-year history of Russia's state-run doping program, which Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied. He said he remains in fear of his life and under the protection of the U.S. Department of Justice. What unfolded was unexpected and shook the world of sport. "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". "With this insane Russian scientist advising me, which he shouldn't have been doing".

The story began to evolve much more rapidly than originally anticipated. In the intense film, Dr Rodchenkov reveals that the Russian Sports Ministry put together a method of manipulating anti-doping testing at the Winter Games in Sochi by sample-swapping and taking cocktails of banned drugs.

"We were sitting on a nuclear bomb", explained Fogel who went out and got needed funding to expand the scope of his film. "All of a sudden I'm sitting on a nuclear bomb of information".

"Because if you can corroborate, prove and substantiate a fraud on this level, that spans for decades and then essentially give the country that committed that fraud a slap on the wrist, allow 160 of their athletes to compete at the Games - two of which were found doping".

Icarus' Oscar win also marks a victory for Netflix.



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