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What really happened at Fox News?

“Bombshell” exploded into the awards race last week, leading the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations with four nods, including best ensemble, actress (Charlize Theron) and supporting actress (Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman). 

The drama (in theaters now in New York and Los Angeles, expanding nationwide Friday) goes behind the scenes at Fox News in 2016. It chronicles the efforts of a group of women – including on-the-outs host Gretchen Carlson (Kidman) and star anchor Megyn Kelly – to expose a culture of misogyny, leading to the ouster of Machiavellian CEO Roger Ailes (John Lithgow), who was accused of sexual harassment by more than 20 women

Fox News spokesperson Caley Cronin declined to comment on the film to USA TODAY beyond confirming that “Bombshell” producers “never reached out to Fox News during any part of the production.”

The film was directed by Jay Roach (“Trumbo”) and written by Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”), who breaks down what’s fact, fiction and somewhere in between. 

Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) has to deal with her own complicated feelings for Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) in the Fox News drama "Bombshell."

Is Margot Robbie’s character a real person? 

Robbie plays an ambitious, wide-eyed staffer named Kayla Pospisil. A lifelong Fox News fanatic and young evangelical (“I see myself as an influencer in the Jesus space,” she says), Kayla soon catches the eye of Ailes, who promises to promote her to on-air talent in exchange for sexual favors. 

Although Kayla is a fictional character, her experiences of harassment are drawn from interviews Randolph and Roach conducted with ex-Fox News staffers (some of whom violated their non-disclosure agreements to speak with filmmakers).