Top Anticipated Best Picture Nominees

It is about that time again. Summer is behind us, and going with it are the blockbusters that usually aren’t award-worthy.  

Movie-goers get their fix of “the good stuff” in the upcoming months, Oscar season, when studios have confidence in films to snag awards.

Here are the movies coming up with the best chance of the Best Picture prize. 


“The Martian:” directed by Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig.

“The Martian” is going to be the long shot for the Best Picture gold. 

One huge component working against it even being nominated is that it is a science fiction film. 

A sci-fi film has never won this award. Not the 1951 version of “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” not “Blade Runner,” or even the seminal “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It is almost as if the Academy has an aversion to sci-fi.

What this movie does have is aformer Oscar winner in a director, and an seasoned actor without a performance award.

These two things will not be huge in getting the film a statue, but it might help them get nominated.  

“The Hateful Eight:” directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson.


This is another film that’s not a given. Tarantino has had films not nominated for an Oscar, namely the Kill Bill series and “Jackie Brown,” two still quality films. 

But since “Inglorious Basterds,” the director has found himself on a streak of nominees.

If nominated, there is a big chance “The Hateful Eight” will be put in the Best Original Screenplay and the Best Picture category, sections the director knows quite well. 

He has won the Original Screenplay award with “Pulp Fiction,” Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained.”

“Sicario:” directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin

Villeneuve directed the criminally underrated “Prisoners,” a film nominated for an Oscar in only cinematography in 2013.

Some may see this as a reason for the film not to be nominated, but I see it differently. 

The Academy likes to give out “make-up awards” because they missed the best opportunity to hand them out. Just ask Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese.

“Sicario” is already getting a fantastic critical response, which means it will either be an easy nomination or a hard look over.

“The Walk:” directed by Robert Zemeckis, Starring Joesph Gordon-Levitt.

This is Oscar bait at its finest.

This does not mean the movie will bad. It will more than likely be an entertaining, well performed bio-pic.

But “The Walk” is made up of two big aspects The Academy loves. First, they love biographical films. Don’t believe me? In the past five years, three biopics have won Best Picture.

And second, the movie is safe in the hands of its director.

Zemeckis, the man behind “Forrest Gump” and the Back to the Future series, is not going to make a hard-hitting, society questing dramas like a “Love & Mercy” or “Straight Out Of Compton.”

The Oscars love interesting, safe films. This movie would have to absolutely suck for it not to get nominated.

“Bridge of Spies:” directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks. 

Oddly enough, this film is not a lock in for a Best Picture nomination or award. 

Both Spielberg and Hanks have been staples of the Oscars for some time, and their partnership is one of the best in Hollywood history. 

But none of their previous films have led to a Best Picture award. The closest they came is with “Saving Private Ryan,” which unjustly lost to “Shakespeare in Love.”

But do not count this movie out. It falls under both the pity award and the biographical category. This movie would have to be at “The Terminal” level of bad for it to not get nominated.     

“Steve Jobs:” Directed by Danny Boyle, starring Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen.

While this film could have fallen under the biopic category, it has a lot more going for it.

There is virtually no way this film does not win an Oscar. It is written and directed by  Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle, two former winners and men known extensively for their talent.

Fassbender, who plays Jobs, is also one of the best actors around, and co-stars Seth Rogen, is breaking out of his pot-humor comfort zone.

If I had to predict one film to sweep up a bunch of awards right now, it would be “Steve Jobs.”  

This film is frontrunner for Best Picture right now. This could all change once it releases, but it seems to be on the verge of being a biopic classic like “The Social Network.”

Honorable Mentions: “Room,”Trumbo,” “Carol,” “Creed,” “In the Heart of the Sea.”