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Based on a true story: Fact-checking 3 Best Picture nominees
How Captain Phillips, The Wolf of Wall Street, and American Hustle stack up against reality

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Jillian Rayfield is a freelance writer in New York. In the past, she has written for Salon, MSNBC, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine's Daily Intel, and Talking Points Memo.

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