Lindsay Mills, the girlfriend of Edward Snowden, stood next to Glenn Greenwald as the “Citizenfour” team, comprised of Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky, accepted the Oscar for best documentary feature. Edward Snowden, of course, stayed safely away from the awards. The former NSA contractor and subject of the film, who leaked to Greenwald and Poitras a trove of documents detailing how the U.S. government spies on its citizens, would face federal espionage charges if he returns or is extradited to the United States. Amy Davidson, writing in The New Yorker, said Mills’ appearance on stage gave the moment its “cinematic romance.”
The award was a coup of sorts for The Intercept, the First Look Media property Greenwald and Poitras, along with Jeremy Scahill, founded in the wake of Snowden’s document leak. The celebration was clouded slightly by the resignation of investigative reporter Ken Silverstein, who recounted his displeasure with owner Pierre Omidyar in a series of Facebook posts published on Romenesko over the weekend.