Oscars: 'O.J.: Made in America' Director Dedicates Best Doc Feature Award to "Victims of Police Violence"
The 7.5-hour feature, directed by Ezra Edelman, was the longest doc ever to be nominated in the category.
O.J.: Made in America was awarded best documentary feature at the 2017 Oscars on Sunday evening.
The 7.5-hour feature, directed by Ezra Edelman and produced by Caroline Waterlow, was up against Fire at Sea; I Am Not Your Negro; Life, Animated; and 13th for the honor.
"This is incredible. I want to thank Caroline Waterlow for going on this journey with me," Edelman said upon accepting his award. "I want to thank the Academy for honoring this untraditional film."
The director went on to dedicate the award to O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman. "This is for them and their families," he said, going on to add, "It is also for others — the victims of police violence, police brutality, racially motivated violence and criminal injustice. This is their story, as well as Ron and Nicole's. I'm honored to accept this award on all of their behalves."
O.J.: Made in America chronicles the rise and fall of Simpson, who was accused (and later acquitted) of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman, and explores the intersection of race and celebrity during the proceedings of the "trial of the century."
Backstage, Edelman told reporters, "I was in high school when Rodney King happened. It was a really seminal event for me. It was awakening. It was a loss of innocence. Everything about this story is what it is, it's a tale about our country."
On the relevance of the Simpson trial present day, he noted, “History is the present. I can't speak for the FX series [The People v. O.J. Simpson], but I know when we were offered the chance to make this movie, it was clear that when it was covered 20 years ago that we were missing something. I think there was a lack of resolution, with the trial."
The doc won honors at the Independent Spirit Awards, DGA Awards, PGA Awards, Gotham Awards and Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, among other ceremonies.
The 89th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.