'Icarus' Director Brian Fogel Dedicates Academy Award To Russian Doping Whistleblower

HOLLYWOOD CA- MARCH 04  Producer David Fialkow director Dan Cogan producer James R. Swartz and director Bryan Fogel accept Best Documentary Feature for 'Icarus&apos onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hol

"Icarus", the provocative, Boston-backed documentary that uncovered proof of widespread doping at the Olympic level by the Russian government, won the Oscar for best documentary feature at tonight's ceremony. The film centred around the worldwide doping scandal which exposed how Russian athletes used performance-enhancing drugs in order to compete in the Olympic Games.

Fogel dedicated the award to Rodchenkov, whom he described as "our fearless whistle-blower who now lives in grave danger".

Icarus, a film produced by Impact Partners whose executive director is Dan Cogan, won an Oscar for best documentary. Icarus was nominated alongside Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Faces Places, Last Men in Aleppo, and Strong Island, the last of which is also a Netflix production.

Rodchenkov fled from Russia to the United States in the film and then assisted the World Anti-Doping Agency with its investigation into Russian doping.

USA director Bryan Fogel's film was made with the assistance of Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Moscow anti-doping laboratory director who now lives in the United States. When Fogel befriended Russian doctor Grigory Rodchenkov, at that time in charge of testing the entire Russian Olympic team, the documentary took a wild turn.

The revelations put Russian Federation in the spotlight, forcing the International Olympic Committee to undertake its own investigation, and ban Russian Federation from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"I'm going, 'What's wrong with this picture, ' that the most-tested athlete on planet Earth managed to get through 500 scientific tests" and not get caught, Fogel says.

Icarus shows "the extent to which they'll go to win", he says.

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