Are Oscars Nominees’ Health Plots Accurate or Malpractice?
Open wide, Oscar, it’s time for a check-up. Posture and sheen look good, as usual. Sword appears sharp, base solid. But with the Academy Awards slated for Sunday, we decided to bring in a medical doctor to examine the accuracy of the health themes in all those films you’ve been praising, too.
Enter Dr. Howard Markel, a real-life pediatrician, substance abuse expert and medical historian. From his hometown theater in Ann Arbor, Mich., Markel’s been traveling the world with you — through this year’s Oscar-nominated films — to diagnose the portrayals of brain injury in Hawaii, autism in New York, dementia on Downing Street … even post-traumatic stress in cartoon Paris.
Find his medical chart for this year’s top films below. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.)