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(Above: A scene from Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, left, and Citizenfour, right.)
At last night's 87th Annual Academy Awards, HBO's Edward Snowden documentary, Citizenfour, took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature while Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 won for Best Documentary Short Subject.
Citizenfour follows director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald's encounter with Snowden, a former NSA contractor who became a household name when he leaked classified documents that provided evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA.
Watch the HBO Documentary Films premiere of Citizenfour tonight at 9 p.m.
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 looks at the psychological wounds of war and the challenges veterans face when returning to civilian life. Based in Canandaigua, New York, and open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Veterans Crisis Line receives more than 22,000 calls each month from veterans of all conflicts who are struggling or contemplating suicide.
The documentary goes inside the hotline and the work of its trained responders who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.
Warner Bros.' American Sniper also won an Academy Award last night for Achievement in Sound Editing. The film, from director Clint Eastwood based on the real-life story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, continues to make cinema history—it crossed $300M at the domestic box office this month and is the top-grossing war movie of all time.