Netflix left the 90th Academy Awards with a statuette for Icarus, his documentary film on doping. The platform is instead left empty handed with Mudbound, a movie yet nominated several times.
After winning a Golden Globe Award in January, Netflix was hoping to leave with a reward for his film Mudbound at the ninetieth edition of the prestigious Oscars, which took place on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for the subscription video-on-demand platform, this hope flew away in the evening.
The streaming platform did not leave the event with empty hands, however, because one of his documentaries, Icare, caught the attention of the jury. This two-hour documentary film focuses on doping in sport and gives the floor to Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of the anti-doping laboratory in Sochi at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The whistleblower tells how he was involved in a huge doping scandal.
The documentary, directed by Bryan Fogel, was presented at the Sundance Film Festival, held in Utah. Netflix then obtained the distribution rights of Icare.
It's the second time that Netflix has won an Academy Award, but this is the first time he has ever won a statuette in the Best Documentary category.
In 2017, Netflix had the pleasure of seeing Les Casques Blancs, a short documentary film directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara, receiving an award on the daily newspaper of a group of volunteers, members of the Syrian Civil Defense Force, who risked their lives to help civilians caught up in the war in Syria.
As for Mudbound, he was nominated in four categories at these Oscars: best supporting actress for Mary J. Blige, best adapted screenplay, best original song and best photograph – note that, for the first time, it's a woman who had obtained this nomination, in the person of Rachel Morrison.
The platform was also nominated for another of his documentaries, Strong Island, a feature film about the murder of filmmaker Yance Ford's brother.
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