Despite living alongside soldiers in the embattled hills of Afghanistan, the two documentary filmmakers behind "Restrepo" were not entirely prepared for their mission into Hollywood: "Their curious journey to the Academy Awards began in 2007, on the other side of the globe. That's when they set out to accompany a US platoon all the way to Afghanistan, originally on assignment for Vanity Fair. They ended up staying and turning the trip, which stretched over many months, into a documentary film showing the Afghanistan war through the soldiers' eyes —gripping as never before."