Every year production companies churn out potential Academy Award nominees and this year seems to be a phenomenal year in film. The Academy can have anywhere from five to ten nominees for best picture, so I have round up the the top five Oscar predictions that I think have a chance of bringing home the top prize. From a story of transition to that of a Pulitzer Prize-wining investigation, this years potential nominees bring an array of topics and great performances.
- Spotlight, starring Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Stanley Tucci, is the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that rocked Boston and caused a crisis within the Catholic Church. When the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team of investigators delved into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, a year-long search uncovered decades of cover-up of the highest level. Directed by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight is a investigative thriller, uncovering the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.
2. The Danish Girl:
- Set in 1920’s Copenhagen and starring Eddie Redmayne, Amber Heard, and Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl focuses on Danish artist Gerda Wegener and her husband Einar Wegener. Gerda paints her own husband as a woman and after gaining popularity, Einar started to change his appearance to female and named himself Lili Elbe. With this new found feminism and Gerda’s support, Einer attempted the first-ever male to female sex reassignment surgery. This decision turned into a massive change for their marriage and Gerda realized that her husband was no long er the man she married, meanwhile childhood friend of Einer Hans Axgril is the final piece of a complex love triangle with the couple.
3. Steve Jobs:
- A movie based on the period before the historic launch of the iMac ,Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, and Seth Rogan. The movie is set during three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution and helps to paint the portrait of the man at its epicenter.
- Starring Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, and Sarah Paulson and set in a 1950’s Manhattan department store. Therese Belivet, an aspring photographer, spots the beautiful, elegant Carol perusing the doll displays. Carol is an older married woman and the relationship between her and Therese is told through this film.
- With David O. Russell at the helm, Joy is set to be a great film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, and Bradley Cooper. A wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right.
Check out the gallery for full sized posters for each of the five Oscar predictions we talked about and let us know what films you think have a real chance of taking home to the top Oscar.