21 'True Story' Oscar Movies That Ignored The Truth

Thanks to 2020's wasteland of a film schedule, the upcoming Academy Awards will mostly be awarding films that never saw wide popularity, films that were just quietly shot and then sent straight to judges via screeners. So, same as most years then. But when you line all the years of Oscar films together, they add up to a fair number of movies that did leave their mark on cultural consciousness, including a bunch based on true stories. If you thought these actually taught you anything about real events, however, think again. 

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Gladiator CRACKED CON Movie Maximus duels and kills Emperor Commodus in the arena. The real Commodus was killed in the bath by a wrestler named Narcissus. And unlike the brief term shown in the film, Commodus served as Roman emperor for a successful 13 years. Commodus was not rejected by his

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Dallas Buyers Club CRACKED COM In the movie, cowboy Ron Woodroof smuggles safe but non-FDA-approved AIDS medications, like Peptide T, DDC, and Compound Q. In real life, the drugs Woodroof got his hands on simply didn't work. We know now Peptide T is useless at fighting HIV, while DDC can

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Hotel Rwanda CRACKED0O Hotel Rwanda tells of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina's frantic efforts to harbor and save refugees during the Rwandan genocide. However, survivors say he exaggerated his heroism, and was in fact charging his guests for safe haven in the hotel. One of the employees of the hotel, Pasa

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Hoosiers CRACKEDCO Hoosiers is based on Milan High School and their 1954 championship run. In reality, the team surprised no one with their performance in the state tournament. They were a small school, sure, but they'd been on the big stage before- -the previous year. In Marvin Wood's first season

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Amadeus In Amadeus, Mozart is a goof who is fiercely envied (and probably killed) by Salieri. But most historians agree that their relationship was one of friendly rivalry, marked by mutual respect and admiration. Mozart likely drank himself to death -and yet he was far from the potty-mouthed, giggling

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Catch Me If You Can CRACKED.co COM The FBI agent Tom Hanks plays didn't exist. Some FBI agents did occasionally chase Abagnale, but he didn't have a Holmes/Moriarty relationship with any of them, and he certainly didn't call any of them at Christmas. As Abagnale himself points out with flawless

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The Blind Side CRACKEDOO Michael Oher's road to success didn't really begin with getting adopted by a generous white family. At age 11, he turned away from gangs and drugs. At 13, he had a paper route. By the time he met the Tuohys, he attended the same private Christian

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A Beautiful Mind CRACKEDO COM In A Beautiful Mind, John Nash uses his Nobel acceptance speech to thank his wife. Nash was not invited to give a Nobel speech because of his instability. According to an observer, Nash said that he hoped winning the Nobel would improve his credit rating,

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The Danish Girl CRACKED co Eddie Redmayne was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Einar Wegener (known later as Lili Elbe). But the movie misrepresents Lili's wife Gerda's sexuality. Elbe's transition is portrayed in the film as a game of cross-dressing that drives Gerda into the arms of a

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Sully CRACKED CONT Sully quickly ran out of things to do after that whole landing a plane in a river thing wrapped up, So they threw in a phony conflict with the National Transportation Safety Board investigating the crash. The NTSB is required to investigate ANY crash, and wasn't on

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Bridge Of Spies CRACKED.C COM In Best Picture nominee Bridge Of Spies, spy plane pilot Gary Powers is captured and tortured by the Soviets. The real Powers was treated well. He spent most of his time in jail wondering whether his wife was having an affair. And knitting. Seriously. He

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12 Years A Slave 12 Years A Slave ends by saying that details about Solomon Northup's death are unknown. That's technically true. But it's not just that we lack historical record of him- -he straight-up disappeared. Given that the last time he disappeared, he was kidnapped into slavery and

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Steve Jobs CRACKED CO In Steve Jobs, the titular character is portrayed as the savior of Apple. But Jobs almost sank the company. As part of his return to Apple, Jobs was awarded $1.5 million in shares of stock. As soon as it was legally possible to do so, he sold

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Titanic CRACKED.c COM Rose survives Titanic despite the crew's bungling efforts. In the film, William Murdoch sends off half-filled lifeboats, panics, and even murders passengers. In reality, he filled boats to capacity and sacrificed himself So others could survive. The portrayal was SO insulting, studio executives flew to his hometown

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ThE Theory Of Everything CRACKEDc COM In The Theory Of Everything, Stephen and Jane Hawking drift apart but remain friends. In truth, Hawking's divorce was bitter, and his second wife was abusive. His relationship with Jane and the children was distant and strained, and things with new wife Elaine were

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The Revenant CRACKED.C COM The Revenant is the story of Hugh Glass' quest for revenge against the men who killed his son and left him for dead. In reality, Glass never had a son. And while he was indeed left for dead, the pair who buried him did SO because

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Frost/ Nixon CRACKED.cO COM If Frost/Nixon is to be believed, British journalist David Frost, through a series of televised interviews, got former president Nixon tO admit his guilt regarding various illegal activities. In reality, the apology was carefully scripted by Nixon and his people well ahead of time. The movie

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