Oscar 2021: Biopics and Fact-Based Movies

Hollywood biopics and fact-based movies have always been  favorites among Oscar voters, and this year is no exception.

The directors, whether they’ve spun stories of individuals or events, they are also refracting the past to reveal present truth.

From Pablo Larraín to Reinaldo Marcus Green, Aaron Sorkin to Ridley Scott to Lin-Manuel Miranda, this year’s directors examine history’s pull in making pictures such as
“Spencer,” “King Richard,” “Being the Ricardos,” “Tick, Tick … Boom!” and “House of Gucci.”

Sometimes filmmakers hew to the facts but, as Booker Prizewinning novelist Mantel stated: “facts are not truth.”

So filmmakers compress and shift the sequencer of events in order to deliver a more compelling narrative–closer approximation of the truth,