Every four years Oscar voting just happens to coincide with the Winter Olympics, and this year that could give an extra boost to Best Documentary Feature nominee “Icarus.” Directed by Bryan Fogel, “Icarus” sets out to document his personal exploration of steroid use in sports when he unintentionally stumbles upon a doping scandal involving Russian athletes during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. With Oscar voting taking place Feb. 20 through Feb. 27, and the Olympics concluding Feb. 25, “Icarus” could nab some extra votes for its timely subject matter.
Might the potential Olympics-sized boost be enough to push “Icarus” over the edge? The good news is that Best Documentary Feature is one of the few 2018 Oscar categories that has no obvious frontrunner. Many of the winners at precursor ceremonies like the PGA Awards (“Jane” won here), DGA Awards (“City of Ghosts”) and ACE Eddies (“Jane”) were snubbed at the Oscars, making this race a real-head scratcher.
“Icarus” does have a couple of trophies on its mantel, as it took home the Critics Choice Documentary Award as well as the Orwell Award at the Sundance Film Festival. With the absence of “Jane” and “City of Ghosts,” the five Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature are “Icarus,” Agnes Varda and JR‘s “Faces Places,” Firas Fayyad‘s “Last Men in Aleppo,” Yance Ford‘s “Strong Island” and Steve James‘s “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.” See Oscar odds and rankings for all of these contenders and more.
Whether or not there’s any Oscar overlap from Olympics fans within the academy could depend on one other important factor: “Icarus” is available to stream on Netflix. That means Oscar voters with Netflix subscriptions are just a click away from watching “Icarus,” which only helps as this category is determined by a popular vote. “Last Men in Aleppo” and “Strong Island” are also on Netflix, while “Faces Places” and “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” are not currently.
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