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Why “Citizenfour” Deserved Its Oscar


Why “Citizenfour” Deserved Its Oscar

Amy Davidson

“Thank you to Edward Snowden for his courage,” Laura Poitras, the director of “Citizenfour,” said as she accepted the Oscar for best documentary. Neil Patrick Harris, the award show’s host, noted that Snowden couldn’t be there “for some treason.” Treason isn’t one of the crimes Snowden has been charged with—the government wants to prosecute him under the Espionage Act—but both the praise and the joke point to why this Snowden Oscar mattered. What he did was useful, and dangerous.


Will Citizenfour show anywhere now that it is acclaimed?

There are 22 movie screens in Dubuque, Iowa, and it never showed here. I’ll have to rent the DVD, which I guess is ok. That’s how I finally viewed Cesar Chavez a few months ago.