Oscars 2015: Edward Snowden film Citizenfour wins Best Documentary Feature

The film topped Finding Vivian Maier, Last Days in Vietnam, The Salt of the Earth and Virunga

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Citizenfour won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Academy Awards for its look at whistleblower Edward Snowden, who exposed US intelligence organisation National Security Agency’s illegal surveillance activities.

The film’s director, Laura Poitras, was in the Hong Kong hotel room with Snowden when he handed over the secret documents he had obtained working as a contractor for the NSA to a pair of journalists, who then blew open the story and brought intense criticism of the US government from all over the world.

 

Citizenfour beat out Finding Vivian Maier, Last Days in Vietnam, The Salt of the Earth and Virunga to claim the golden statue.

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Snowden emailed Poitras in January 2013 calling himself Citizen Four. Poitras met Snowden in Honk Kong and recorded their meetings, which served as the basis of the film.

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