The Truth About Oscar’s Reality-Based Films
In the first 72 years of the Academy Awards (1927-99), 14 fact-based movies won the best-picture prize, or 19%.
In the 21st century, fact-based films have won 33% of the time.Last year, three of 2018’s four acting winners were playing real-life characters.
And six of the eight best-picture contenders were fact-based, including winner “The Green Book.”For whatever reasons, based-on-reality films are increasing.
At the same time, there has also been a boost in a sub-category: the autobiographical film.
Last year’s “Roma” fit into that category and the auto-truth group has multiplied this year.In 2019 there have been so many reality-based tales that it’s possible (but unlikely) that every Oscar nominee will be from a fact-based film.
In alphabetical order, the list includes “The Aeronauts,” “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “Bombshell,” “Dark Waters,” “Dolemite Is My Name,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Harriet,” “A Hidden Life,” “The Irishman,” “Judy,” “Just Mercy,” “The Laundromat,
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