Now that the 2016 Best Picture nominees have been announced, it’s time to see which of the movies has the edge as your personal favorite. When the big night arrives, there will be eight films fighting for the title of the best movie of 2015 as chosen by AMPAS. But which one is truly the best? Fortunately, they all have their own positives to make them stand out from the pack.
As is the usual case, there are multiple honorees that are based on a true story. There’s The Big Short which serves as another reminder of the irresponsibility of the financial collapse. If being reminded of an awful time in the country’s economy isn’t your deal, feel free to root for Bridge of Spies or Spotlight or The Revenant, only one of which involves a bear mauling the star. (Hint: it’s not the one about the Catholic church in Boston.) Then, of course, there are the audience favorites – The Martian and Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s hard to argue with Matt Damon’s perfect sarcastic humor or the fierce performances by Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.
If none of those movies strike your fancy, not only are you probably a bit picky but you only have a few more shots to get excited about the Oscars. Brooklyn and Room are both meditative and well-directed films with great lead performances by young actresses. So whichever sounds best to you, pull up a chair and see whether it comes out on top when the winners are announced February 28th at the Dolby Theatre.