Snowden documentary Citizenfour nominated for Academy Award

Snowden documentary Citizenfour nominated for Academy Award
# 16 January 2015 04:01 (UTC +04:00)

Citizenfour, directed by Laura Poitras, along with four other documentaries earned an Oscar nomination for the Documentary Feature prize on Thursday.

The other nominated films are Last Days in Vietnam, The Salt of the Earth, Finding Vivian Maier and Virunga. The Oscar ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theater in downtown Hollywood on February 22.

Citizenfour tells the story of how Snowden has exposed secret US documents that drew international criticism over Washington’s spying activities.

The American whistle-blower began leaking classified intelligence documents in June 2013.

He revealed that the spy agency has been collecting the phone records of millions of Americans and foreign nationals as well as political leaders around the world.

Following the revelations, Snowden fled the United States to avoid espionage charges.

In August 2013, Russia granted him asylum for one year and last year it granted him permission to stay in the country until August 2017.

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