Netflix wins its first Oscar for the movie Icarus

Netflix wins its first Oscar for the movie Icarus

Netflix has just won its first Oscar for Icarus, a documentary film dedicated to the problem of doping at the Sochi Winter Olympics. In addition to the "Best Documentary" award, Netflix has also received several Oscar nominations for Mudbound, a historical drama directed by Dee Rees, and for Strong Island, another punch documentary. On March 4, 2018, at the ninetieth edition of the Academy Awards, Mudbound was nominated in 4 distinct categories: Best Actress for Mary J. Blige, Best Original Song, Best Cinematography Achievement and Best Screenplay. The video-on-demand service relied heavily on Mudbound for its first significant Oscar.
Netflix Wins 1st Oscar for Icarus Documentary
If Dee Rees' film finally came home empty-handed, Netflix can console itself with Icarus, a 2H documentary film centered on the former director of the Sochi Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov. Directed by Bryan Fogel, Icarus had already been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, where Netflix was awarded worldwide distribution rights for $ 5 million. Available since the summer of 2017 in the Netflix catalog, Icarus tells how Russia managed to cheat at the London Olympics in 2012 and those of winter at Sochi in 2014.
"I dedicate this Oscar to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, our intrepid whistleblower who sees a daily danger," said Bryan Fogel at the ceremony. "We want 'Icarus' to sound like a wake up call. On Russia, but also on the importance of telling the truth, now and more than ever, "he concluded. Grigory Rodchenkov is currently living under federal protection, separated from his family in Russia. Netflix, which has a record number of subscribers, has also been nominated for Strong Island, another documentary about the racist killing of the director's brother. Yance Ford. For the record, this is not the first time that Netflix won an Oscar. In 2017, the VOD service received the Best Short Documentary Award for Les Casques Blancs. This year, Netflix enters the big leagues, with a first Oscar-winning feature film. With 700 films and original series in 2018, Netflix has not finished talking about him.

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