Awards season is upon us and arguably the biggest event of the season is right around the corner, The Academy Awards (aka The Oscars). The Oscars is an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic voted on by members of the Academy.
With 50 some odd movies nominated this year across 24 categories, it would be highly unlikely you could finish all these films before the awards happen. However, there are a few movies that have been awarded several nominations and have generated a lot of buzz since their premiere that you should try to see before February 28. These five movies will be among the most talked about, and everyone likes to be in the know!
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
The film takes place in postapocalyptic Australia where a woman rebels against a tyrannical leader in search for her homeland with the help of a drifter named Max.
Nominated For: Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects
Who will look familiar: Tom Hardy (The Dark Night Rises, Inception, The Revenant)
2. The Revenant
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. This could be the movie to get Leo his long awaited Oscar.
Nominated For: Best Picture, Actor in A Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects
Who will look familiar: Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, Shutter Island, Blood Diamond, Titanic), Tom Hardy
The true story of how the Boston Globe unconvered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to it’s core.
Nominated For: Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Film Editing, Writing (Original Screenplay)
Who will look familiar: Mark Ruffalo (Iron Man 3, The Avengers, The Kids Are Alright), Michael Keaton (Need For Speed, The Other Guys, Batman Returns), Rachel McAdams (The Vow, Sherlock Holmes, The Notebook, Mean Girls)
4. The Big Short
Four men in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000’s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
Nominated For: Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role, Directing, Film Editing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Who will look Familiar: Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises, Little Women), Steve Carell (Anchorman 2, Crazy Stupid Love, Evan Almighty), Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Crazy Stupid Love)
After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape form the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his whole life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.
Nominated For: Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, Directing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Who Will Look Familiar: Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Trainwreck, The Spectacular now), Sean Bridgers (Rectify, The Best of Me, Heart of Dixie)