We're breaking down all the Oscar contenders for you, so that you can decide whether you want to see them -- or at the very least, hold your own at cocktail parties. Next up: 'Waltz With Bashir,' Ari Folman's innovative animated doc.

Nominated For: Best Foreign Film

What It's About: Having strange memory blockage surrounding his experience in the 1982 Lebanon War, an Israeli Army vet-turned-documentarian (Ari Folman) tracks down several men he served with to fill in the blanks, and then animates the results. The accounts build up to the tragic events of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, where thousands of Palestinians were killed.

Why You Should See It: Considering the Israeli import is a foreign animated documentary, it conceivably could've been nominated in three categories (and with glowing reviews across the board, many critics would probably champion that cause). Somber and admittedly slow-paced, the film is a thought-provoking examination of war and the human psyche's response to it. 'Bashir' is the clear frontrunner in the one category it is up for Oscar night.

It's Kind of Like: 'Persepolis' meets 'Jacob's Ladder' minus the humor and horned creatures

How You Can See It: In theaters now


We're breaking down all the Oscar contenders for you, so that you can decide whether you want to see them -- or at the very least, hold your own at cocktail parties. Next up: 'Waltz with Bashir,' Ari Folman's innovative animated doc.

Nominated For: Best Foreign Film

What It's About: Having strange memory blockage surrounding his experience in the 1982 Lebanon War, an Israeli Army vet-turned-documentarian (Ari Folman) tracks down several men he served with to fill in the blanks, and then animates the results. The accounts build up to the tragic events of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, where thousands of Palestinians were killed.

Why You Should See It: Considering the Israeli import is a foreign animated documentary, it conceivably could've been nominated in three categories (and with glowing reviews across the board, many critics would probably champion that cause). Somber and admittedly slow-paced, the film is a thought-provoking examination of war and the human psyche's response to it. 'Bashir' is the clear frontrunner in the one category it is up for Oscar night.

It's Kind of Like: 'Persepolis' meets 'Jacob's Ladder' minus the humor and horned creatures

How You Can See It: In theaters now