Your Official Guide to the 2016 Awards Season

It’s that time a year again everybody! It’s awards season! The road to the Oscars begins now!

For those who haven’t read the blog much, I LOVE Oscar season, and not just because of the magnificent high fashion. It’s sorta my own little march madness. But nonetheless, the weather is getting colder, and it’s time to curl up on the couch or head to the theatre and start watching some movies. Here are 15 that are the names that you’ll be hearing the most over the next two months or so. So without further ado:,

Top 15 movies to see for awards season:

Editors Note: At the time I was writing this, I, nor anybody else in this galaxy or others, had seen Star Wars: A New Hope. Although at the time I figured it would probably just be up for some technical categories, I didn’t think it would make the list of top 15 movies of the year….I was wrong. Star Wars has a chance to crash the party, riding unbelievable reviews (a 95% rotten tomatoes score), and an outstanding base of old fans and new who have had only great things to say about the film (9.0 rating on IMDB). It’s going to be the talking point of the holiday season, and now, maybe even the talking point of awards season. Will it win? That remains to be seen, but what I do know is that this is a must-see-in-theaters movie.

1-5- The big guns-

These movies aren’t just fighting for nominations, they’re the ones that are going to be most likely to take home the hardware.

Spotlight– Released in theaters November 25th


I’ve already seen Spotlight, the story of the Boston Globe investigative reporting team with that name, who blew the cover off the massive child molestation in Boston, and then all over the world, involving the catholic church. That was a helluva movie. They’ve already been nominated for three Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Michael Keaton, Rachel McCadams, and Mark Ruffalo are the most likely to get acting nods in the supporting category.

The Big Short– In Theaters Dec. 22

Adam Mckay’s dramedy about the 2008 financial crisis has been getting glowing reviews and
it doesn’t sound like the powerhouse cast dissapointed. Christian Bale and Steve Carrel were nominated for Golden Globes in a tight supporting actor race.

Carol– Released in Theatres November 20th

Carol is a critical darling, and dominated the Golden Globes, being nominated in five categories including Best Motion Picture – Drama, two nominations for Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchet for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Original Score.

The Martian– Released in theaters on October 20th, released on DVD January 12th, 2016

Ridley Scott and Matt Damon teamed up to make this Sci-fi epic about a botched manned mission to mars, leaving Damon’s character stranded on the planet while he tries to find a way to signal to to earth. Damon and Scott were both given Golden Globe nods for acting and directing, and The Martian was nominated for best picture Comedy.

The Revenant – Released in theaters January 8th, 2016


This might finally be Leo’s year. DiCaprio put on a full court press to finally land is long awaited Oscar with this role as frontiersman Hugh Glass who set out to seek revenge on those who left him for dead. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, fresh off his best writing, directing, and best picture Oscar, is looking to dominate the awards ceremony back-to-back years. The Revenant was nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Picture- Drama, Best Actor- Leonardo DiCaprio,and Best Director- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

6-10- The party crashers-

These are the movies that, depending on what happens over the next few months, could all make a run and spoil Oscar night for the favorites. These are fringe movies for the big awards, but are also likely to be all over the ballot.

Mad Max: Fury Road– Released in theaters on May 15th, currently on DVD

The revival of the 1979 apocalyptic thriller starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron has been riding a wave of awards momentum recently. When this movie was released back in may it was only looked at as an afterthought in any big-time awards races. However, over the last few weeks, it has betting earning a lot of critics nominations, wins, and top-10 films of the year lists. Sometimes, a movie released so far in advance, like Mad Max was in May, because the general public will have much easier access to it, catapulting it into the race.

Joy– Released in theaters on December 25th

So David O Russel, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper did another movie together, which I think is a yearly occurrence now. Another yearly occurrence is seeing O Russel, Cooper, Lawrence and De Niro in the acting catagories. If there’s any movie that could completely change the acting race, it’s this one. Jennifer Lawrence was snubbed from the SAG awards, but earned a nod for the Golden Globes. “Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.”

Steve Jobs– Released in theaters on October 23rd

The hype for this movie was hot, but once it came out…..well, nothing. It was a box office dud, but the big time names and big push from Universal has led to four Golden Globes and two SAG awards.

Inside Out– Released in theaters on June 19th, currently on DVD


This movie was AWESOME. Best animated movie I’ve seen in a few years. Just a really well done, funny, smart, heartfelt, and just overall fun movie to watch. Inside out has the chance to crash the party if voters decide they want to make history and give the top prize to an animated film for the first time ever. Only two animated movies have ever been nominated before (Beauty and the Beast, Up), but Inside Out is looking more and more like it will be number three.

Room– Released on November 25th

I’m not entirely sure what this movie is, but it was just nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes, and best actress for Brie Larson. It was nominated for two SAG awards and is another critical darling that could end up being the movie nobody sees that sneaks in.

11-15 -the long shots-

These are movies that might sneak into the big races, but most likely not going to make a ton of noise, but are riding either awards momentum or great word of mouth to hopefully make an unexpected trip to Oscar night.

Creed– Released in theaters on November 25th

I saw Creed a few weeks ago and it was sick. The whole movie just felt super original and was entertaining the whole way through. I would love to see this movie get a nod for best picture, but this movies best shot at taking home a trophy is Sylvester Stallone for his highly regarded return in his role as Rocky Balboa.

The Hateful Eight– Released in theaters December 25th/ January 8th 2016

The academy loves Quentin Tarantino, he’s already won two statues for best original writing, an The Hateful Eight is one of the most hyped up movies of the holiday season. Tarantino has never won as best director or for best picture, but we’ll see how The Hateful Eight turns out. All signs point to another Tarantino hit

Beasts of No Nation– Currently available on Netflix


The straight to Netflix drama directed by True Detective season one director Cari Joji Fukunaga is an unbelievable take on a war torn country in Africa and the displaced children who become a part of these children armies fighting wars with some kids under 10 years old. It got mixed reviews, with a 79 on metascore, but Idris Elba’s performance as a Commander of a battalion of child soldiers might be good enough to earn him an award for best supporting actor.

Trumbo– Released in theaters on November 25th

The story of blacklisted Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo has been getting way more love by the critics, awards, and top-20 lists than it did when it was released. With only a 76 metascore, Trumbo was nominated for three Golden Globes, and Brian Cranston is looking like a major contender in the best actor race.

Bridge of Spies– Released in theaters on October 16th

This is an awards darling. You see Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg in the credits and you know that there’s a chance that it gets a few nods in the race. It didn’t get a lot of critical or public buzz, but should pick up a little more steam in the upcoming weeks and months.



Happy viewing!


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