'Navalny' wins the Oscar, and director Daniel Roher blasts Putin and the war in Ukraine

March 13, 2023

"Navalny" won the award for documentary feature film at the 95th Academy Awards in the Dolby Theatre on March 12 in Hollywood. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)Daniel Roher just knocked Putin off his high horse, dedicating his Oscar to political prisoners around the world. Wherever it rears its head," Roher said at this year's 95th Academy Awards, which Jimmy Kimmel hosted live from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. The Times caught up with Roher before the ceremony and he shared that he never could have anticipated the timeliness of "Navalny." "As a filmmaker it's the distinguished honor of my life [to be nominated], but I'm not just here as a regular filmmaker, I'm here as the sort of brand ambassador of Alexei Navalny," Roher continued.