Docs

“Icarus” and “Heaven is a Traffic Jam” take home Oscars

A feature doc exploring the truth about doping in sports and a 40-minute doc on Los Angeles-based artist Mindy Alper took home hardware at Sunday evening’s 90th Academy Awards. Bryan Fogel ...
March 4, 2018

A feature doc exploring the truth about doping in sports and a 40-minute doc on Los Angeles-based artist Mindy Alper took home hardware at Sunday evening’s 90th Academy Awards.

Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan’s Icarus took the best documentary feature prize at the ceremony, which was held March 4 in Los Angeles.

The doc follows Fogel as he explores doping as a way to win an amateur cycling race.

He eventually meets up with the head of Russia’s anti-doping program, Grigory Rodchenkov, leading him to uncover a large-scale Olympics doping scheme.

Fogel was joined by Cogan and producers James Swartz and David Fialko on stage.

Fogel dedicated the award to Rodchenkov, “our fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger.”

“We hope Icarus is a wake-up call, yes for Russia, but more than that about the importance of telling the truth, now more than ever,” he added.

Cogan thanked film financier Impact Partners for “making films like Icarus possible.”

Icarus bowed at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016 and was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the festival. Netflix acquired distribution rights for Icarus shortly after.

Other nominees for the best documentary feature included Steve James’ Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Agnes Varda’s Faces Places, Feras Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo and Yance Ford’s Strong Island.

Recent past winners in the category have included Ezra Edelman’s O.J. Made in America, Asif Kapadia’s Amy,Laura Poitras’ Citizenfour and Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet From Stardom.

Later in the ceremony, the Academy Award for best documentary short went to Frank Stiefel’s Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, about 56-year-old artist Mindy Alper’s battle with depression and anxiety.

The film was up against Lauray Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright’s Edith+Eddie, Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon’s Heroin(e), Thomas Lennon’s Knife Skills and Kate Davis and David Heilbroner’s Traffic Stop.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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