Vulture has a rundown of the likely candidates for Best Picture ahead of Oscar nominations in two weeks and the Academy Awards themselves in late February.
The entertainment news site's top picks are Spotlight - which tells the true story of how Boston Globe journalists uncovered widespread child molestation by local Roman Catholic priests - and The Big Short, a comedy-drama adapted from Michael Lewis’ book about financiers who profited from the financial crisis. Both movies have received nods from the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Vulture’s shortlist includes sci-fi epic The Martian, romantic drama Carol, kidnap thriller Room and The Revenant, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a frontiersman fighting for survival in a bleak wilderness.
Less likely nominees include Pixar’s Inside Out, which takes viewers on a journey inside a young girl’s mind, and Brooklyn, a period drama about a young Irish woman’s move to Brooklyn, New York. Other options include Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, Trumbo – a biography of a Hollywood screenwriter - and Beasts of No Nation, Netflix’s original movie about child soldiers in Africa. The last two scored SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.
Meanwhile, Vulture’s dark horses include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Steve Jobs, Creed, The Hateful Eight, The Danish Girl, Straight Outta Compton, Joy, Mad Max: Fury Road and Black Mass.
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