On Thursday, January 15 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. The Academy nominated eight films out of a possible ten for the coveted Best Picture category. Box office smash-hit Mad Max: Fury Road joined prestige pictures Spotlight and The Revenant, while Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies turned a few heads when it nabbed a nod. Independent films Room and Brooklyn may be long shots for the Best Picture Oscar, but they’re stunning films nonetheless. The Big Short, meanwhile, was the only true comedy to land in the Best Picture category–although The Martian and its handful of Golden Globes might disagree.
Still need to catch up with some of the Best Picture nominees? You can start by checking out the trailers for this year’s 8 contenders below:
THE BIG SHORT
Four denizens of the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
BRIDGE OF SPIES
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
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.
After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.