Published: February 28, 2014
Forget about the Oscars. We’re all about the HISTIES here at BackStory! The HISTIE is our newly-minted award for the movie which does the best job of dealing with a historical subject. The guy’s made the case for their Histie-nominees on this week’s show, and now we want your VOTES!
Along with the guy’s shortlist of 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, and Her, we’ve expanded the field to all the movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar this year. Vote in the poll and leave us a comment explaining WHY THIS MOVIE DESERVES THE HISTIE – we’ll read out the best ones on next week’s show.
If you have a case for an Oscar-nominated movie in another category, or one that wasn’t nominated at all, then weigh in anyway! You can make your nomination, and why it deserves the HISTIE, in the comments field below.
As we explained on the show, here are the criteria we’re using to evaluate movies:
- The movie must look right, but also approach history with respect. The characters must be fully embedded in their time and place. It’s got to be more than just a costume drama.
- The movie must successfully compress historical complexity into a story that seems truthful – a story that could be true, according to everything we know about the time period.
- The film must engage a big question that still matters today, and help viewers rethink what they thought the answers to that question was.
(And if you’re feeling especially creative this week, why not weigh in with a suggested design for our new award? We’d welcome any and all aesthetic contributions at email@example.com).