In the Best Picture race, this year's Oscars favor fact over fiction
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Six of the nominees, including The Wolf of Wall Street, are keeping it real
It’s the phrase you hear every year at the Academy Awards: “And the Oscar goes to …” But at this year’s March 2 ceremony, there’s another refrain that’ll be getting plenty of attention: “Based on a true story.”
Six of the nine nominees for Best Picture are about real people and real events: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street. Hollywood has always loved fiction that’s not entirely fictional, from 1928’s The Patriot to now classics like 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia to last year’s winner Argo–but this year’s race takes the truism to a new level.