Published: February 28, 2014

In honor of the Academy Awards, BackStory heads to the movies! With Oscar-nominated movies like 12 Years A Slave bringing the antebellum United States to the fore, and others like American Hustle or Dallas Buyer’s Club presenting aspects of the more recent past, the Guys explore how well history is represented in this year’s big contenders.

Along with their guests, Ed, Peter, and Brian explore how Hollywood takes on history, and the stories they choose to tell. They consider the political context of the original Solomon Northup slave narrative, and examine how certain kinds of narratives – like those dealing with captivity – show up again and again in American storytelling. And with several of this year’s movies looking to recent decades, they ask how factual accuracy weighs up against dramatic imperatives, and whether movies can tell larger truths about history.

[And don't forget to vote in our HISTIES poll! More details here).