Citizenfour, the film chronicling the decision made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to expose wrongdoing to the world by leaking details of the agency's top-secret global surveillance operation to journalists, was awarded the Best Documentary Film award at Sunday night's Academy Award.The award was accepted by the film's director Laura Poitras alongside its producers, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky. Joining them on stage was journalist Glenn Greenwald and Snowden's girlfriend Lindsay Mills, both of whom are featured in the film.
"Thank you to Edward Snowden for his courage and for the many other whistleblowers," Poitras said as she accepted the award. "The disclosures that Edward Snowden revealed don't only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself," she added. "When the most important decisions being made affecting all of us are made in secret, we lose our ability to check the powers that control."