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Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture  

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List Rules To be eligible, films must be 40 minutes or longer and have had a commercial run in a Los Angeles County theater for at least a week between January 1-December 31, 2015

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Awards season is upon us! It's that magical time of year when Hollywood's finest start planning their red carpet looks and practicing surprised reactions. The 88th Academy Awards will take place on February 28, 2015 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The official nominations will not be announced until January 14th, however, we’re ready to make some best picture predictions. Here are our best guesses on which movies will be the nominees for best picture at the 2016 Academy Awards.
 
The competition in the best picture category, however, is incredibly competitive this year. The Revenant, Steve Jobs,  Spotlight,  and The Danish Girl are among those critics expect to score nominations for the Academy Awards Best Picture 2016. But the list of potential Oscar Best Motion Picture Nominees 2016 a lot broader: films from Hollywood’s biggest directors, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, are primed for Oscar runs. On the other hand, small indie films like Room and Carol have earned their fair share of Oscar buzz. Even comedies like Adam McKay’s satire, The Big Short, and animated features like Pixar’s Inside Out shouldn't be left out of consideration. Let’s not forget the surprise critical hit, Creed, either. 
 
Be sure to vote up the movies you think will be the Oscar Best Picture nominees. Don't see a movie on this list you think should receive some attention from Oscar? Add it below, as long as it is eligible for the 2016 Oscar nominations. 

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Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Nominated Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
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jsnungaray added Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are ...more
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson
Nominated The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. A frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s ...more
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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
Nominated The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Andy Weir. An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him gone, and must ...more
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Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling
Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), ...more
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Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) find shelter in a ...more
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By the Sea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Anglina Jolie, Brad Pitt
By the Sea is a 2015 American romantic drama film written and directed by Angelina Jolie. In the 1970s, in France, an American couple, former dancer Vanessa (Angelina Jolie) and her husband ...more
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Creed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson
Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Ryan Coogler. The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson ...more
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Spotlight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams
Nominated Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Tom McCarthy. The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the ...more
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Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin
Sicario is a 2015 American crime-thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. An idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against ...more
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Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
Straight Outta Compton is a 2015 American biographical film directed by F. Gary Gray. The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and ...more
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Heneral Luna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Heneral Luna added John Arcilla, Mon Confiado, Arron Villaflor


Heneral Luna (lit. General Luna) is a 2015 Filipino historical biopic film depicting General Antonio Luna's leadership of the Philippine Revolutionary Army during the Philippine-American War. It ...more
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Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen
Nominated Room is a 2015 independent drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue. After being held captive for seven years, a woman (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob ...more
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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan
Nominated Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. Lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is entrusted with negotiating the release of U.S. Air Force pilot ...more
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The Big Short is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling
The Big Short is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Adam McKay, based on the 2010 book by Michael Lewis about the 2007-2008 financial crisis. A group of investors bet ...more
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Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Carol is an upcoming British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Phyllis Nagy based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars ...more
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Saoirse Ronan, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent
Nominated Brooklyn is a 2015 romantic drama film directed by John Crowley, based on the novel by Colm Tóibín. An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a ...more
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The Peanuts Movie is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts. The ...more
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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen
Steve Jobs is a 2015 biographical drama film directed by Danny Boyle, based on the biography by Walter Isaacson. Structured into three acts, with each act taking place before a product launch, ...more
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Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw
The Danish Girl is a 2015 romantic drama film directed by Tom Hooper, and loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda's (Alicia ...more
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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese
Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by a malicious Commandant (Idris Elba), a child soldier (Abraham Attah) is trained to fight in a West ...more
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Anomalisa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan
Anomalisa is a 2015 American stop-motion animated comedy-drama film directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. A lonely customer service expert (David Thewlis) perceives everyone (Tom Noonan) ...more
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Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons
Black Mass is a 2015 American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Cooper, based on the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by ...more
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Son of Saul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Vote: Your Oscar Nom Picks for Best Picture
Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn
Son of Saul (Hungarian: Saul fia) is a 2015 Hungarian drama film directed by László Nemes and co-written by Nemes and Clara Royer. It is set in the Auschwitz concentration camp ...more
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Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian
Tangerine is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Sean Baker. A transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella, who has just finished a 28-day prison sentence, tears through Tinseltown on ...more