ESPN Films took home the gold statue at the Academy Awards with “O.J.: Made in America” nabbing the company’s first-ever Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The 7.5 hour film, directed by Ezra Edelman and produced by Caroline Waterlow, is now the longest film to ever win an Academy Award.
Edelman and Waterlow accepted the award during last night’s ceremony with Edelman thanking the Academy for recognizing this ‘untraditional film’ and accepting the award on behalf of victims Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown, and others impacted by violence and brutality.
Executive Producer and Senior Vice President of ESPN Films and Original Content Connor Schell said: “When we created ESPN Films 10 years ago, we never dreamed we would be accepted by the film community in this way. We are exceptionally proud of all the work that went into creating ‘O.J.: Made in America’ which is both innovative in its storytelling format and in its thoughtful approach to the story of race and celebrity in modern America.”
“O.J.: Made in America” will air in five parts on ESPN2 for five straight nights starting tonight at 11 p.m. ET, through March 3. Additionally, the film will air with limited interruption from 1 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 4. The documentary is also available now on WatchESPN, iTunes, Hulu, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.
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— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 27, 2017
Major congrats to Ezra and Caroline for the Oscar for their OJ doc. And for the speech. 4 of the 5 documentaries tonight had black directors
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 27, 2017
— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) February 27, 2017
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) February 27, 2017
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) February 27, 2017