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    The 90th annual American Academy Awards ceremony took place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday evening. Among other awards, US moviemaker Bryan Fogel's Icarus won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

    During the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, host Jimmy Kimmel took a dig at Russian President Vladimir Putin after a film about an alleged doping scandal in Russia was named Best Documentary Feature.

    "Well, now at least we know Putin didn't rig this competition, right?" Kimmel said in an apparent nod to allegations about Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

    90th Academy Awards - Oscars Show – Hollywood - Best Costume Design winner Mark Bridges rides a jet ski onto the stage as Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel gives actress Helen Mirren on the back a kiss after Bridges won it for the shortest Oscar acceptance speech of 2018
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    90th Academy Awards - Oscars Show – Hollywood - Best Costume Design winner Mark Bridges rides a jet ski onto the stage as Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel gives actress Helen Mirren on the back a kiss after Bridges won it for the shortest Oscar acceptance speech of 2018

    Twitter users were quick to respond to the news, with some remaining at loggerheads about Kimmel's joke.

    US moviemaker Bryan Fogel's Icarus is all about the alleged state-run system of doping support in Russia, ostensibly revealed by former director of Russian national anti-doping laboratory-turned-WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.

    READ MORE: 'Icarus' Doping Movie Wins Best Documentary at Oscars

    Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of trying to influence the results of the presidential elections in the US in November 2016, a claim the Kremlin has repeatedly denounced as groundless.

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