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Oscar Breakdown - Best Picture Nominees Are

By Thomas Swan t.swan@classicalite.com on Jan 15, 2016 06:48 PM EST

The Oscar nominations are out. It is that special awards show where Hollywood pats itself on the back and says good job. Then, gets criticized for an overly long and borrowing show broadcast and having nominated no black people. Still, it's a tradition and if you let it, and what it should stand for, it can reinvigorate your passion for cinema. Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter. Here are the Best Picture Nominees -

Best Picture Nominees

The Big Short
Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

Based on the book about the collapse of the housemarket and the following financial crises of 2007-2008 by Michael Lewis, who also penned Moneyball. The film stars Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosllng and Brad Pitt. Directed by Adam McKay.

href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/bridge-spies">Bridge of Spies

Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger

Based on the 1960 US Spy plane incident where pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over Soviet Russia. Tom Hanks plays a lawyer who negoiates his release. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies was co-written by the Coen brothers.

Brooklyn
Producers: Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey

Based on Colm Toibin's novel of the same title, Brooklyn tells the story of a young Irish woman's immigration and life in Brooklyn NY. She meets a man there and falls in love. Her past, though, is not far behind. Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. It was directed by John Crowley.

href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/mad-max-fury-road">Mad Max: Fury Road

Producers: Doug Mitchell and George Miller

The fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise, Mel Gibson was absent in this one. The film took a long time to development, having been in development since 1997. It follows Max as he is captured by the War Boys and is used as a blood donor by their leader. This big action picture starred Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron and was directed by George Miller.

The Martian
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam

Thought to be dead, astronaut Mark Watney is left on Mars to fend for himself. Starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott, the filmis based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Andy Weir.

The Revenant
Producers: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon.

The Revenant was based on Michael Punke's novel of the same name and the real life of a fur trapper and frontierman Hugh Glass. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and was directed by Alejandro Innaritu.

Room
Producer: Ed Guiney

Room stars Brie Larson, a woman who was held captive for five years with her son.They gain their freedom and it allows the mother to show her son the outside world for the first time. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donogahue.

Spotlight
Producers: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye PagonFaust

    Directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight follows a Boston Globe investigation team's probe into sex abuse cases in the Boston area by clergy members.

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