Oscar Nominees for Best Picture

With the Oscars just around the corner, actors and actresses alike are preparing to look their best and dress to the nines for this star-studded event. The red carpet will host hundreds of interviewers, eagerly waiting to ask the Oscar attendees the most important question of the night: What are you wearing? It never fails that this question is asked every year, but what does this have to with the success of the movie or the actor or actress’s own take on the importance of the film? The answer is nothing.

I know! The answer is so shocking! But it is true. The brand of someone’s dress is of no importance compared to the work that these Hollywood stars have done within the last year. The directors and cast involved in the making of each film work tirelessly to create a work of art worthy of being awarded an Oscar. These films deserve that recognition because not only was an extordinary amount of time and effort put into producing and making each film, each movie was created for a purpose and that purpose is much greater than the outfit that a celebrity is wearing.

So in honor of those who have worked extremely hard and have spent long hours in pursuit of creating a film that would stand out among the crowd, here is a look at this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Cue the lights.


Synopsis: Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, with his skill and accuracy, saves countless lives and becomes one of the most legendary and trained U.S. military snipers of all time. However, as Kyle goes through four tours of duty, the stress and the weight of the war have an immense affect on him and his family.

Director: Clint Eastwood

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner

Fun fact: Chris Kyle once said that if there is a filmmaker that would make a film about him, it would only be Clint Eastwood and no one else.


Synopsis: Riggan Thompson is an actor whose most famous role is the iconic superhero Birdman. As Thompson prepares for the opening of his Broadway production, an attempt to restore himself to his former days as a serious actor, he tries to find a way to juggle his career, his broken family, and ultimately himself.

Director:Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

Fun fact:There are only sixteen visible cuts in the entire film. Also, the film is edited to look like one continuous shot.


Synopsis: Over the course of 12 years, this film journeys through the childhood of a boy named Mason as he faces the ugly truth of the divorce of his parents and tries to find his way through childhood and having to grow up.

Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

Fun fact: The movie was filmed over a span of 12 years.


Synopsis: This film portrays the escapades of Monsieur Gustave, a hotel concierge, and the lobby boy, Zero Mustafa, as they live and work at the Grand Budapest Hotel during the time between World War I and World War II.

Director: Wes Anderson

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

Fun fact: Johnny Depp was Wes Anderson’s initial choice for the role of M. Gustave.


Synopsis: During World War II, Alan Turing and a group of extraordinary English mathematicians work to solve the German Enigma encryption code, an effort that would ultimately save millions of lives. However, Turing must keep his homosexuality secret due to his fear that it would put the entire war effort at risk because of persecution from his own country.

Director: Morten Tyldum

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Alex Lawther

Fun fact: Alex Lawther, who plays the young Turing, and Benedict Cumberbatch wore dentures in the film that were exact copies of Alan Turing’s own 60-year old set of false teeth.


Synopsis: This film portrays the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his historic campaign for justice and equality for African Americans during 1965 when the freedom marches were taking place from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Director: Ava DuVernay

Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

Fun fact: The director, Ava DuVernay had to write new variations of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches because another studio had purchased the rights of the real speeches.


Synopsis: This film displays the life of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Hawking as they come to terms with the onset of his motor neuron disease and the challenges that arise.

Director: James Marsh 

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior

Fun fact: Stephen Hawking said that there were certain times throughout the movie when he thought he was watching himself.


Synopsis: At 19 years of age, Andrew enrolls as a student at a music conservatory in the hopes of becoming a legendary jazz drummer with the aid of an instructor who believes he can bring out Andrew’s full potential through his relentless and unusual teaching style.

Director: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

Fun fact: The film was shot in 19 days.

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