Oscars 2015: 'Citizenfour' Wins Best Documentary Feature, Edward Snowden Congratulates Filmmakers

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Laura Poitras

Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo presented the award.

Citizenfour took home the Academy Award for best documentary feature on Sunday night.

Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo presented the award to director Laura Poitras. In her acceptance speech, Poitras thanked American whistleblower Edward Snowden "for his courage." The documentary centers on Snowden, who leaked classified government documents from the NSA to the mainstream media. 

Citizenfour beat out Finding Vivian Maier, Last Days in Vietnam, The Salt of the Earth, and Virunga to take home the Oscar. At last year's awards show, Twenty Feet From Stardom took home the honor.  

After the winner was announced, Snowden released a statement through the American Civil Liberties Union, saying, "When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant. I’m grateful that I allowed her to persuade me. The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor and recognition it has received. My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.”

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 87th annual Academy Awards, which is being broadcast live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. 

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