One constant tradition will be respected for as long as man can predict: watching the Oscars every year and trying to bet who’ll win each category.

To help you gather the necessary information, here are the nominees in the Best Picture category:

The Big Short

A funny biographical drama, The Big Short’s cast counts on Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt. And the story is loosely inspired on a book of the same name, by writer Michael Lewis, who is also an economist.

The story is about Michael Burry, an economist who predicts the 2008 crisis and decides to invest heavily on the housing market’s disgrace.

Meanwhile, other investors find out about this and hurry to catch a little profit with this idea.

The picture is also nominated for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Bale) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Bridge of Spies

Breathtaking spy tale by Steven Spielberg enlists Tom Hanks to rescue a young pilot after his plane crashed somewhere in the Soviet Union, during the 1960s 'not-that-cool phase' of the Cold War. As leverage, he’s got the KGB spy Rudolf Abel.

The cast also includes Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch and Mark Rylance, who is also a nominee for the Best Supporting Actor award.

Brooklyn

Critically acclaimed Nick Hornby and John Crowley’s drama is a 1952 tale about a young Irish woman who moves to Brooklyn, falls in love and, eventually, in possible disgrace.

The cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

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Ronan, who plays the main character Eilis, is also a nominee for the Best Actress award.

Mad Max: Fury Road

This deadly and action-packed hit by George Miller features Max helping Furiosa and 'the five wives' to flee the horrendous Immortan Joe’s captivity. The cast includes Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron (with a shaved head!), Nicholas Hoult and others. Counting them all, the movie was nominated for no less than ten categories!

The Martian

Matt Damon stars in the acclaimed film adaptation of Andy Weir’s masterpiece. His character, Mark Watney, is presumed dead and left behind by his fellow astronauts in a mission to Mars. With scarce supplies, little hope of being rescued and a lot of tenacity and survival spirit, he takes action trying to live, instead of just giving up.

The cast also include Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Naomi Scott. The movie is also on the run for the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor (Damon) awards.

The Revenant

Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, this is the story of how he was attacked by a wild bear, left for dead by his companions and eventually survived to take his revenge on those who left him.

To do so, he ventures into completely wild territory in the South Dakota and Montana region.

This is one of this year’s greatest contestants, being nominated in a dozen categories:

  • Best Actor (DiCaprio)
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
  • Best Film Editing (Stephen Mirrione)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Best Picture
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy)
  • Best Visual Effects

This is the highest number of nominations this year.

Room

Greeting the world for the first time, young Jack Newsome and his mother Joy were freed from captivity after five years in hell. Based on the book by Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the movie, this picture has also brought nominations for Best Director (Lenny Abrahamson), Best Actress (Brie Larson) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Spotlight

Having enlisted Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and others, this picture features the investigation led by The Boston Globe newspaper journalists about sexual abuse of children by Boston’s priests. It’s also on the run for the Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Director (Tom McCarthy), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams) and Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo) awards.



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