February 25, 2019
Last night, Sunday, February 24, at the 91st Annual Academy Awards, Free Solo won the Oscar for Best Documentary for co-producers and directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. The film features professional climber Alex Honnold and his 2017 free solo ascent and the first-ever successful completion of the Freerider climbing route without ropes or safety gear on the El Capitan granite face in Yosemite National Park.
Free Solo premiered on September 28, 2018, to rave reviews and earlier this month became the second-highest grossing documentary of 2018, generating over $18 million. On February 10, the film won the Best Documentary award at the BAFTAs.
Alex Honnold is a client of the firm, and we congratulate him and the entire Free Solo team on the film’s incredible wins and awards season success!