This Year's Oscar Noms For Best Documentary Could Not Be More Different

You may think documentaries are merely educational (read: boring), but that just means you aren't watching the right ones. Documentaries can be just as exciting as fictional films - and sometimes even more so, since you know the events are real. This year's Oscar contenders for best documentary tell some pretty wild stories, including that of a filmmaker posing as a jihadist-sympathizing photojournalist to infiltrate the daily life of a radical Islamist family, a professional climber who performed the first free solo climb of a 3,000-foot-high rock formation, and an inside look at history's most beloved Supreme Court justice. Read on to see what makes this year's best documentaries so remarkable.

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