A sports film won the Oscar for best documentary for the second straight year. Last year, the five-part 30 for 30 miniseries, O.J.: Made in America earned the award, the year’s winning film was Icarus.
Written, directed and produced by Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan, among other contributors, Icarus exposed the Russian doping scandal. The documentary, which was available on Netflix, began by Forgel attempting to expose how easy it is do beat a drug test. During the production, Fogel connected with Russian Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov and uncovered one of the biggest doping scandals in sports history.
After winning the Oscar Fogel said, “We dedicate this award to Dr Grigory Rodchenkov our fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger. We hope Icarus is a wake-up call, yes about Russia but more than that about the importance of telling the truth”
Rodchenkov managed doping and test tampering for Russian athletes at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Rodchenkov, who currently lives in the United States under the protection of the U.S. Department of Justice, broke the story to The New York Times in May 2016.