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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, be able to hold your own at cocktail parties. Next up: 'The Social Network,' based on the true story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.

Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Best Director (David Fincher), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Soundtrack and Best Sound Mixing.

What It's About: 'The Social Network' is based on the book 'The Accidental Billionaires,' and chronicles the cutthroat and intense story of the founding of the social networking site Facebook. Harvard University students Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) and Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) invent a revolutionary website that affects the lives of billions -- including their own, as the success of their site winds up destroying their friendship.

Why You Should See It: 'The Social Network' may not define this generation, as some have said, but it does a pretty good job of capturing it. It's a forward-thinking, smart and engaging movie about a new technology that -- whether you use Facebook or not -- changed the way people communicate around the world. The movie is supremely well-acted by both Eisenberg, who earned a Best Actor nomination, and Garfield, who was criminally snubbed in Best Supporting Actor. To cap it all off, Aaron Sorkin's script is snappy and smart beyond parallel.

It's Kind of Like: 'Citizen Kane' meets 'Shattered Glass'

How You Can See It: Now on DVD

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