How True Are 'American Hustle' and 'Wolf of Wall Street?' The Real Stories Behind This Year's Oscar Nominees

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This year's Academy Award nominees tackle a wide array of subject matter, with everything from police stings and the AIDS epidemic to criminal stockbrokers and pirates driving each of the films. But there is one thing that many of this year's Oscars films have in common: They are true stories.

Or they were true at some point, before being given the Hollywood treatment. Of this year's nine Best Picture nominees, six are based on true stories. But which movies came closest to being ripped straight from the headlines?

Here's a guide to all of this year's "true" Oscar stories and the real events that inspired them.

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