10 hotly tipped films for 2016 Academy Awards

On Jan. 14, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be announcing its nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, due to be held February 28 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

See Full Article

Between five and 10 full-length feature films are usually nominated for the most prestigious prize, "Best Picture."

Here's a look at some of the movies that could be in the running to follow 2015 winner "Birdman."

The Revenant

Expectations are high for this Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu movie, which has a good chance of being announced as a nominee on January 14. Still, it's unlikely that this western will actually win, as its director already bagged the Oscar for "Best Picture" in 2015 with "Birdman". The film's lead star Leonardo DiCaprio is, on the other hand, hotly tipped to win the first Oscar of his career.

Spotlight

This Tom McCarthy movie is one of the top favorites for this year's gong, following widespread critical acclaim in the US. But that's no guarantee of an Oscar, as "Boyhood" proved last year when that equally acclaimed movie lost out to "Birdman."

Carol

Another favorite for this year's award is this historical romance movie from Todd Haynes, which was already selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Following the relationship between characters played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in 1950s conformist America, this love story could win over the jury.

Room

"Room" is a small independent film that's making big waves, particularly for the performance of actress Brie Larson, who could well be lifting a trophy on February 28. The dark plotline may hamper this movie's chances, however, as it could lose out to a more upbeat movie.

The Big Short

Directed by Adam McKay, this feature film tells just the kind of story Hollywood likes, with a drama based on true events in Wall Street in 2005 before the subprime mortgage crisis. This flick also features an all-star cast, with performances from Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt.

Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller's follow-up to his original dystopian movie has been a hit with both critics and moviegoers. Some Hollywood reporters are predicting great things for this film at the 2015 Oscars, with a high number of nominations across various categories.

The Martian

Could Ridley Scott be set to repeat his 2001 victory, when "Gladiator" triumphed over "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich"? This space-based adventure starring Matt Damon is widely expected to get nominated for "Best Picture," but it could prove a bit too light-hearted to win.

Joy

The Academy seems to have a soft spot for David O. Russell, whose last three films received 11 nominations in total. Still, that's no sure sign of success -- as the director knows. Despite receiving ten nominations in 2014 for "American Hustle," the movie failed to win in any category.

Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg often proves popular at the Oscars, especially with historical movies. Spielberg has already won "Best Picture" for "Schindler's List," and has seen four other nominations for "Jaws", "E.T.", "Saving Private Ryan" and "Munich."

Inside Out

Could the latest Pixar movie become the first animated film to win the Oscar for "Best Picture"? In any case, it could still be the fourth animated flick to get nominated, following "Beauty and the Beast," "Up" and "Toy Story 3."



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Donald Trump tweets 'SNL' 'unwatchable' after Alec Baldwin plays him again in sketch making fun of his retweets

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    There's an emerging theory that Donald Trump distracts us all with his tweets. But on Saturday Night Live this weekend, it was Trump getting distracted by his own tweets. In the cold open, Alec Baldwin returns as the retweeter-in-chief, shrugging off important policy briefings to pass along the social media musings of 16-year-olds and other random Twitter users. Source
  • Hairspray Live!, Mariah's World and MasterChef Canada top this week's TV must-sees

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    1. Hairspray Live! Live Another one of those big, bright, bold productions that have become a mini-trend. Stars include Ariana Grande, Maddie Baillio, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Harvey Fierstein, Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes and Rosie O'Donnell (don't tell Donald Trump). Source
  • Trevor Noah defends controversial Tomi Lahren interview

    Entertainment CBC News
    Trevor Noah said he invited right-wing pundit Tomi Lahren on his show because he believes Americans with different worldviews need to break out of their ideological bubbles and have conversations with each other. The South African comedian who took the reins of Comedy Central's news parody powerhouse The Daily Show when Jon Stewart retired last year has garnered both praise and scorn for his recent interview with Lahren, a hard-line commentator on The Blaze who has come under fire for comparing…
  • Baby Groot the star of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' trailer

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    While Chris Pratt will undeniably be the star of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it's Baby Groot that takes centre stage in the new teaser trailer for the film. Released Saturday, the trailer starts with a visual of a giant space octopus-like creature with a fangy serpentine mouth screaming as we hear Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) say in voiceover, "the fate of the universe lies on your shoulders. Source
  • 'Ghostbusters' librarian Alice Drummond dead at 88

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Actress Alice Drummond, famous for her role as the librarian in Ghostbusters, has died at the age of 88. The character actress, who also starred in several U.S. soap operas and was a regular on Broadway during the 1960s and 1970s, died on Wednesday, her friend confirmed to The New York Times. Source
  • Jennifer Lawrence admits her butt almost killed a man once

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Jennifer Lawrence confessed to almost killing a sound guy with her bottom on the set of The Hunger Games. The 26-year-old shared the unusual story while on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, alongside her Passengers co-star Chris Pratt and British chef Jamie Oliver. Source
  • Is Harry Potter set to play on Broadway?

    Entertainment CTV News
    The Lyric theatre (formerly known as the Foxwoods Theatre) has been identified as the best venue on Broadway for the play that is set in the world of Harry Potter but nearly two decades after the final Harry Potter novel ends. Source
  • Teyana Taylor advises mentor Kanye on recovery: 'Take your time'

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Teyana Taylor has some practical advice for her mentor Kanye West. The singer-dancer, who has performed with the Grammy-winning artist, wants him to take his time recovering. "Take however much time you need, you know. Source
  • Beyonce speaks directly to one woman's experiences with love

    Entertainment CBC News
    more stories from this episodeBeyonce speaks directly to one woman's experiences with love'It was like a bomb labelled 'affair' dropped on my marriage'Why one man stayed with his wife after she cheated on him. Source
  • Disney teases 28 minutes of 'Star Wars' spinoff 'Rogue One'

    Entertainment CTV News
    MARIN, Calif. -- The secretive "Star Wars" spinoff movie "Rogue One" just got a little more tangible. Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled 28 minutes of footage for reporters on Friday at Skywalker Ranch, teasing the origin story of the band of rebels who aim to steal the plans for the Death Star -- the event that sets into motion the plot of the original 1977 "Star Wars. Source