Alex Honnold’s attempt to free solo Yosemite’s El Capitan, Free Solo, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A well deserved win for a feat that takes nerves of steal and willpower that is second to none.
The accomplishment is huge – and worthy of the acclaim. It followers American climber Alex
As well as the stunt itself the cinematography in a challenging high-angle environment and the narrative are human and dynamic throughout. It tells a tale of friendship, boldness and faith.
The film, directed and co-produced by the husband-and-wife team of Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, accepted the award in Los Angeles. In their acceptance speech, Vasarhelyi thanked National Geographic and signed off by saying “for everyone who believes in the impossible.”
Here is the acceptance speech in full: