The Armstrong Lie has been nominated for Best Documentary in the 2014 EE British Academy Film Awards.

Alex Gibney’s film started out as a documentary charting Lance Armstrong’s comeback to professional cycling in 2009, but took a different course when Armstrong confessed to career-long doping in January 2013. 

Originally titled The Road Back, Gibney had to re-write and re-edit his work as the story changed – and gave the film a new title, The Armstrong Lie

Another of Gibney’s documentaries, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, is also nominated, along with The Act of Killing, Blackfish and Tim’s Vermeer.

The 2014 BAFTA ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 16, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and will be shown live on BBC One.

The Armstrong Lie will be released in cinemas on January 31.

Watch an exclusive clip of The Armstrong Lie below.

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  • Brian Turpin

    A further point from a non-cyclist friend of mine (Pete Jones):

    If he had been a more personable individual I might have
    felt differently. But the combined weight of his arrogance, bullying and the
    commercial imperative towards cheating made me feel very uneasy. Particularly
    when you add in the whole hope campaign for cancer patients. The scenes in the
    children’s ward I found particularly disturbing – not just in terms of my
    sympathy for the children themselves but what what Armstrong himself was doing
    unknown to everyone else in that context. I came out of the cinema feeling even
    more soiled than I usually do!

  • Brian Turpin

    This is a good documentary albeit for cycling fans travels through familiar territory. That Armstrong chose to mount a comeback in 2009 is his undoing, claims the film, unleashing a torrent of unstoppable testimonies and investigations culminating in the FBI – the man with a badge and a gun. This was the game changer claims George Hincapie, former lieutenant and confrere, as bearing false witness can end in a jail sentence. Taking dope to keep up with race buddies and the peloton seems relatively innocent until confronted with Federal marshalls – and as a result the whole edifice comes tumbling down. The film portrays the public need for a hero which transcends sport, and the complicity of many of the authorities and most of the media. Perhaps the key moment comes with Armstrong’s unflinching gaze as he admits his lies whilst re-writing an alternative narrative for the future. Inside. you strongly suspect, he believes he won those 7 tours fair and square as those who raced against him. And, despite his arrogance and bullying I feel a grudging admiration – so maybe at some level he deserves to keep his yellow jerseys!

  • Jon

    Nice beergut! Is that for real or have they put his head on a regular mamil?