Who Will Win Best Picture at the Oscars?


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These eight movies will compete neck and neck to see which will come out on top at the Academy Awards.

  It’s that time of the year again when Hollywood recognizes its own with an array of different awards shows. Among these are the Oscars- where it is said that some feel a bunch of older Caucasian men decide who and what should be praised. After seeing the list of nominations for this year’s Academy Awards, many revolted against the show due to  the nominations being all white actors for the second year in a row. In a frantic attempt to save themselves from the wrath of #OscarsSoWhite, the academy created a new rule that will attempt to double the number of female and minority members by 2020. Despite this controversy, here’s how I ranked the nominees for best picture:


8. Brooklyn

Brooklyn tells the story of an immigrant girl from Ireland and her time navigating through the bustling streets of Brooklyn while finding a bit of romance in the midst of hectic New York City life. Although the plot is unlike any other, it doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat as its competitors in this category do. Regardless of being rated 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, the feel-good movie does not contain enough moxie to win the whole thing.

7. Bridge of Spies

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In Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks acts as a lawyer who is assigned the task of negotiating with the Soviet Union to release a U.S. spy pilot that they are holding captive.

The Academy has continually recognized Steven Spielberg’s work, but only one movie he’s directed – Schindler’s List, has attained the top prize. Mark Rylance has a better chance at winning the award for supporting actor due to there being a relatively small amount of talk about the movie itself. This may cause the majority of voters to overlook Bridge of Spies and instead consider other choices in this group to vote for.


6. The Martian

Because the Oscars aren’t focused on comedic movies, winning best motion picture in the musical or comedy category at the Golden Globes is a setback that may cost The Martian – whether the identification of comedic is appropriate or not.

5. Room

Room is a heart-wrenching movie set in a shed where a woman and her son live in captivity as an outcome of sexual violence. The movie is centered around the fragile nature of the mother and the innocence of her son. Being too traumatic and distressing might cause the movie to be too powerful when it comes to awards.

4. Mad Max: Fury Road  

Earning ten nominations at this year’s Oscars, Mad Max: Fury Road has picked up many compliments from critics. The lack of a nomination in screenplay hurts the movie’s chances, as the last movie to win without screenplay recognition was Titanic in 1997.

3. The Big Short

Gaining laughs while still teaching viewers of the 2008 financial crisis, The Big Short has a “big” chance at getting the Oscar for best picture. The movie has an all-star cast, underdog narrative, and a plot that focuses on a crucial issue in today’s society.  This has the kind of prestige that the Oscars are looking for.

2. Spotlight

 Straying from the cliché plot that many movies have today, Spotlight uses investigative journalism to get to the bottom of the 2000 Catholic Church scandal.  Director Tom McCarthy’s cast in the movie works to uncover evidence and figures out they are also somewhat to blame. Even though The Big Short is becoming more popular, Spotlight could go all the way.

1. The Revenant

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Winning Best Picture for Birdman, director Alejandro G. Iñárritu creates another successful movie that may land him yet another award for Best Picture with The Revenant.

 Leonardo DiCaprio strikes again in this action-packed movie. Acting as a fur trapper, DiCaprio seeks revenge on a bear that attacked him and left him to die next to his murdered son. The Revenant has terrific makeup and costume design that makes everything look so realistic. Already number one in many polls, The Revenant stands a high chance to win best picture.

Watch The Oscars live on Sunday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on ABC.