“Russian doping documentary “Icarus” has won the best documentary Academy Award for director Bryan Fogel and producer Dan Cogan — marking the first feature film documentary Oscar for Netflix.
“Icarus” topped “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” “Faces Places,” “Last Men in Aleppo,” and “Strong Island.”
The film chronicles Fogel happening upon a major international doping scandal through Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory. He was one of the whistleblowers who came forward about Russian athletes using performance-enhancing drugs to compete in the Olympic Games. Fogel’s documentary helped lead to the ban of Russia from competing in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.”