Films to watch in this year’s Oscars
Though the upcoming Oscars have been marred by controversy, there is still a lot of excitement around the nominated films and critics across the country are starting to place their bets on their favourite stars.
If you’re yet to watch all the films up for nomination this year, you’ve still got a few weeks to get up to speed. To get you started, here’s our pick of the best films the 2016 Oscars have to offer.
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams, Spotlight is based on the true story of the Boston’s Globe’s eponymous investigative journalism team.
Based events that took place in 2003, the film follows the team as they delve into the seedy world of child sex abuse and try to bring the perpetrators to justice.
One of the most visually impressive films of the year, The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio and tells the story of fur trapper Hugh Glass in 1823 Montana.
Filmed mostly in Canada, the film follows DiCaprio’s Glass as he tries to make it to safety after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by his fellow trappers. Not for the faint-hearted, this epic film will keep you on the edge of your seat till the credits roll.
The Big Short
Though the 2008 financial crisis may not seem like the most light hearted subject for a film, this outstanding comedy drama manages to make what could have been a dry subject, incredibly interesting.
Like many of the other films at this year’s Oscars, The Big Short is based on a true story, in this case the build up to the financial crisis and the small group of people who saw it coming. A fascinating glimpse into our recent history, The Big Short is a must see for anyone who wants to understand the current economic climate.
Bridge of Spies
Starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies is a good old-fashioned Cold War spy drama.
Based on the 1960 U-2 incident that saw the USSR swap captured pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolf Abel, a captured KGB spy, the film is a gripping piece of cinema that will appeal to old and young alike.
With so many outstanding films up for nomination this year, the 2016 Oscars are going to be some of the most fiercely contested ever. Start catching up on the nominations now to make your own mind up about who the winners and losers should be.