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Documentary Oscars and Nominees at the 90th Academy Awards

05.03.2018

The 90th academy awards once again brought recognition to a selection of the most compelling and influential documentary films that have recently been produced. The award for best festure documentary went to Bryan Fogel's "Icarus" while Frank Stiefel's "Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405" took home the award for best short documentary.

Still from 'Heaven is a Traffic Jam
on the 405' by Frank Stiefel

Following the nominations of documentary films for this year's Oscar awards, the final winners have been honoured and announced yesterday in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, USA.

'Icarus', winner of the best documentary feature award, takes a closer look at the world of doping and the biggest related scandal in the history of sports, triggered by investigations following the Winterolympics 2014 in Sotschi.

'Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405', which received the award Best Documentary (short subject), tells the story of an artist suffering from severe depressions who finds relief and a way of expressing herself through the creative process in connection with sculpting and drawing.

The complete list of winners and nominees is available here.



BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

Icarus | Directed by Bryan Fogel


Synopsis: Intending to prove that sports doping testing can be rigged, amateur bicyclist Bryan Fogel contacts Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the anti-doping laboratory that tests Russian Olympians. As Fogel tries to beat the tests, he becomes closer with Rodchenkov and uncovers the biggest scandal in modern sports history, thereby exposing both of them to physical and legal danger.



BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT):

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 | Directed by Frank Stiefel


Synopsis: Artist Mindy Alper has spent almost all of her 56 years combating severe depression and anxiety, using medication, electroconvulsive therapy and psychiatry to help her. Art has always been her most effective outlet, with drawing and sculpture offering her the tools to give voice to her fears and mental battles.



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