Director Dror Moreh was nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary The Gatekeepers. Mika Moreh/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo. Affleck also directed the film, which is based on events surrounding the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. Keith Bernstein/Warner Brothers hide caption

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Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the film Silver Linings Playbook. Jojo Whilden/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Steven Callahan survived for 76 days adrift in an inflatable life raft. This 2002 photo shows Callahan with an improved life raft he designed after his ordeal. While enduring shark attacks, rain and helpless drifting, Callahan dreamed of a better survival vessel. Once he returned to land, he spent almost two decades designing this one, featuring a rigid exterior, a removable canopy and a sail. Pat Wellenbach/Associated Press hide caption

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Quvenzhane Wallis plays Hushpuppy in the film Beasts of the Southern Wild. Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase in the 1978 movie Foul Play. Anonymous/AP hide caption

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Jackie Weaver, pictured here with costar Robert De Niro, plays the rock-solid matriarch of a troubled clan in Silver Linings Playbook. The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Ben Affleck played CIA agent Tony Mendez in Argo. The real Mendez says the movie is mostly spot on, even if the rescue at the end wasn't quite what the film depicts. Claire Folger hide caption

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Tony Kushner based his screenplay for Lincoln in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of the president, Team of Rivals — but he read many other histories and biographies, in addition to Lincoln's own writings. DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis star in the film — the story of a 12-year-old girl and boy who merge their imaginative worlds on an island off the coast of New England. Focus Features hide caption

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