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Sacramento rock climber’s tale, ‘Free Solo,’ wins best feature documentary Oscar

Here’s the ‘Free Solo’ trailer, a National Geographic portrait of Alex Honnold

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, comes "Free Solo", a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve h
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From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, comes "Free Solo", a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve h

National Geographic’s “Free Solo,” which follows Sacramento native Alex Honnold on his daring climb up El Capitan, won an Oscar for best feature documentary Sunday night in Los Angeles.

“Free Solo,” directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, captured Honnold’s journey as he successfully climbed El Capitan — a 7,573-foot mountain in Yosemite National Park — without ropes or harnesses.

Honnold was the first person to achieve the death-defying feat.

“Thank you Alex Honnold for giving us courage and teaching us how to believe in the impossible and inspiring us,” Vasarhelyi said after receiving the Oscar. “This film is for everyone who believes in the impossible.”

The New York Times predicted “RBG,” the documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, would win.

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Vincent Moleski covers business and breaking news for The Bee and is a graduate student in literature at Sacramento State. He was born and raised in Sacramento and previously wrote for the university’s student newspaper, the State Hornet.
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