88th Annual Oscar Movie Nominations

This year’s 88th Academy Awards will be hosted by Chris Rock on Sunday, Feb. 28.

For the past year, a lot of news has revolved around the Oscars, including the controversy over the lack of minority nominees.  Despite that, there are so many great movies, actors and actresses that have been nominated. Here are all the movies that are going against one another for the most coveted award of the night: Best Picture:

“The Big Short”: A handful of men use their intellect of the finance world to predict the credit and housing bubble collapse that occurred in the mid-2000s. Using their knowledge, they make it their duty to screw over the big banks of the world.

“Bridge of Spies”: An American lawyer is chosen to defend a Soviet spy who’s been arrested during the Cold War. He’s then forced to go even deeper when the CIA wants his help in negotiating an exchange of the spy for a captured American pilot.

“Brooklyn”: After arriving in Brooklyn in the 1950s, an Irish immigrant falls in love with a local man. However, when her past begins to catch up with her, she is forced to make a choice between two countries as well as her life in each.

“Mad Max”: Fury Road: In the reboot of the classic action film series, a woman goes against a tyrant in post-apocalyptic Australia and searches for her homeland. Along the way, she is aided by a handful of people, including a drifter named Max.

“The Martian”: Astronaut Mark Watney is thought to be dead and left on Mars by his crew, and his abandonment turns into a fight for survival against the planet and his own technology.

“The Revenant”: A frontiersman is mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his hunting team, and he makes his way through snow, ice, and deadly Native American tribes in order to get revenge on those who wronged him.

“Room”: Five-year-old Jack and his mother have been held captive.  After they finally escape from their prison, Jack is forced to assimilate into a world not contained by four walls, a world more than a room.

“Spotlight”: The Boston Globe attempts to tear down the cover-up of a massive scandal involving the molestation of children in the local Catholic Archdiocese.  What the group of investigators does threatens to totally upend the Catholic Church, and it is based on a true story.

Besides Best Picture, other categories include: Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor/Actress in a Supporting Role, Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Directing and many others. Be sure to watch the Academy Awards this Sunday at 7 p.m.

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