Clockwise from top left: William Kidd during his trial; 1951 Amos 'n' Andy publicity still; 1972 protest at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C.; Japanese-Americans bound for Manzanar in 1942
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By TIME Staff
February 24, 2017

Though only a couple of the movies up for the Best Picture prize at this Sunday’s Academy Awards are based on a true story from history, real events have long been fodder for Oscar-friendly films.

With that in mind, TIME asked a variety of historians to weigh in on one question: what’s a real episode from history that you think would make an Oscar-worthy feature film?

Here are 13 answers they submitted by phone and email, spanning the centuries and the globe, to get you in the spirit for Oscars weekend:

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