With the Golden Globes and BAFTAs all awarded, the race is officially on for the Oscars!
From a vibrant musical to dark dramas, there's a diverse range of films nominated for this year's Best Picture, and we're eager to know which contender will be going home with the nights most prestigious award.
In case you don't have time to watch them all before February 26th, here's a run down of the 9 nominees (trailers included) to help you decide which one deserves the miniature golden man...
A R R I V A L
Led with a captivating performance from Amy Adams, Arrival follows Dr Louise Banks, a linguistics professor, brought in by the military to help investigate when twelve mysterious giant spacecrafts appear across the world. To prevent global war, Banks and her team race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraneous visitors in this striking sci-fi drama.
F E N C E S
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star as an astounding double act in this sharp drama, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson. Directed and produced by Washington, the film portrays the life of Troy Maxson, a father and garbage collector raising his family in 1950s Pittsburgh and dealing with the loss of his lifelong dream to become a professional baseball player.
H A C K S A W R I D G E
Directed by Mel Gibson (and said to be his best since Braveheart), Hacksaw Ridge is a powerful and unforgettable true story about war hero Desmond T. Doss, an American army medic who never fired a bullet but managed to save the lives of 75 men in Okinawa during WWII.
H E L L O R H I G H W A T E R
With a sharp script this modern Western tells the tale of two brothers – Toby, a divorced father, and Tanner, an ex-con, who come together to commit a series of robberies on the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. Jeff Bridges is nominated for Best Supporting actor as foul-mouthed Texas Ranger Marcus, hot on their heels and looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement.
H I D D E N F I G U R E S
Currently at the top of box office ranks, despite being nominated for only three Oscars overall, Hidden Figures takes a heart-warming look at the lives of three incredible women, crossing gender and race boundaries to work at NASA during the early years of the US space program. With a stellar cast, this inspirational untold story is a must-watch.
L A L A L A N D
Up for an outstanding 14 nominations, La La Land is the most honoured musical film in Academy Award history! Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (who are, of course, both up for nominations), Damien Chazelle's Whiplash follow-up is a love story surrounding two aspiring dreamers in modern day Los Angeles. From the beautiful score to the colourful cinematography and powerful performances, this is a clear Oscar favourite.
L I O N
Based on the book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, Lion is a touching true story about a lost boy relentlessly searching for his family in India after they were separated by mischance when he was five years old. Starring Dev Patel (recent winner of the BAFTA for best supporting actor) Rooney Mara and a beautifully raw performance from Nicole Kidman, this worthy award winner has six nominations.
M A N C H E S T E R B Y T H E S E A
An emotionally charged drama about family and forgiveness, Manchester By The Sea has already won Casey Affleck a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Lee Chandler, a brooding, irritable loner forced to return to his hometown to deal with the death of his brother and look after his 16-year-old nephew (the often hilarious, Lucas Hedges). Despite the black humour, this acclaimed tragedy is a painful watch.
M O O N L I G H T
Nominated for 8 awards, this timeless, compassionate drama is predicted to be a big contender at this year’s ceremony. Moonlight gracefully chronicles the life of a young black man, from his childhood growing up in a rough neighbourhood in Miami through to his teenage years and adulthood, living a life in the shadows.