Oscars 2016: Movie List

Oscars 2016: Movie List

I love watching movies – at the cinema/at home – I’m just a fan of the movies. Yet every year when I watch the Oscars, I realise two things. 1) I don’t know half the movies that are winning all the awards. 2) I don’t want to watch most of them (basically my taste level is garbage).

But this year, I was going through the nominee list and was surprised to see quite a few that I definitely want to check out and so naturally I got very excited (fan of the movies, see declaration above) and made a list of the ones I want to watch immediately. This way I manage to do two phenomenal things: one, share this fantastic list with those of you who are as uncultured as me. Two, have something to refer to when N and I are sitting stumped, wondering which movie to watch (when it’s time for movie night, we can’t remember anything).

I’ll split it into three categories:

a) Dying to watch
b) Non-urgent watch list
c) Was a nominee but I’m not interested

Also, there are a couple of movies that I’ve already seen but I’ll still mention them so you can be in the know in case you haven’t seen them yet.

These are nominees only from best movie/director/actor/actress. All movie storylines are courtesy Google and IMDB.

Basically N has to get hold of these NOW. (movie acquisition is his responsibility).



Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her 5-year-old son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (won)

Genre: Drama. Based on a novel.
IMDB: 8.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
See trailer here.
While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (won), Best Actor (won), Best Supporting Actor
Genre: Adventure. Based on a book, about real life incidents.
IMDB: 8.2, Rotten Tomatoes: 82%

Starring: Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy

See trailer here.


In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter Robinson, reporters Michael Rezendes, Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents.

Nominated for: Best Picture (won), Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress
Genre: Crime-Drama. Based on real life incidents.

IMDB: 8.2, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
See trailer here.
In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett, hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor
Genre: Comedy-Drama. Based on a book, about real life incidents.
IMDB: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

Starring: Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell

See trailer here.

We’ll watch these eventually over the next few months.


With support from his loving wife Gerda, artist Einar Wegener prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations.

Nominated for: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress
Genre: Romance. Based on a book.

IMDB: 7.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 69%

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander
See trailer here.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor
Genre: Drama-thriller. Based on real life incidents.
IMDB: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan

See trailer here.




A story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right.
Nominated for: Best Actress
Genre: Comedy-Drama. Based on real life incidents.
IMDB: 6.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro
See trailer here.


Therese Belivet spots the beautiful, elegant Carol perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.

Nominated for: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress
Genre: Romantic drama. Based on a novel.

IMDB: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara
See trailer here.


Just generally, don’t seem my type and by the time I’m done with the ‘must-watch’ list, many other awesome movies would have come. No offence, directors (because those guys are obviously reading my blog).


An Irish immigrant in 1950s New York falls for a tough Italian plumber, but faces temptation from another man when she returns to her homeland for a visit.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress
Genre: Period drama. Based on a novel.
IMDB: 7.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Starring: Saoirse Ronan
See trailer here.


In 1947, successful screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and other Hollywood figures get blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Nominated for: Best Actor
Genre: Drama. Based on a book.
IMDB: 7.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane
See trailer here.

With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve “Woz” Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter, Lisa.
Nominated for: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress
Genre: Drama. Based on real life incidents.
IMDB: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet
See trailer here.


As their 45th wedding anniversary approaches, a woman learns that her husband was once engaged to someone else.

Nominated for: Best Actress
Genre: Romantic. Based on a book.
IMDB: 7.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Starring: Charlotte RamplingTom Courtenay
See trailer here.



ALREADY SEEN (You must watch these)




A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.
Verdict: Lots of action but with fantastic visuals. Also, love Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy so I loved it.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director
Genre: Action.
IMDB: 8.2, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Starring: Charlize TheronTom Hardy
See trailer here.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Verdict: A really great watch, definitely a must see.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor
Genre: Science fiction. Based on a book.
IMDB: 8.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain
See trailer here.

That’s about it. Which ones are you excited about watching?


  1. omg this list is the bomb. I was just discussing with my husband how we need to watch all those movies!! just in time!

  2. bookmarking this!

  3. THE REVENANT is still on our list; though we started watching it but I slept through it in the starting 5 mins because 1. It was a CAM print with A/V 4 2. I was really really tired throughout the day. So me and husband promised to watch it as soon as the DVD print is out but we haven't watched it yet but this Saturday it is going to happen YASSSS !! 😀

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      I'm a crazy Leo fan so I was so disappointed when I was away for the shadi stuff and missed it in the cinema 🙁 AND N watched it with a friend while I was away and thought it was too gory 😛 So now I'll watch it alone soon.

  4. and btw this is the exactly same thing I do after each Oscar awards, list down the movies I haven't watched and then short-list it to whatever movies I REALLY want to watch. So, Highfive on this one !! 😀


    Okay rant over, Room was incredible! So was The Revenant. Spotlight was very intelligently done, loved watching that. I loved Trumbo as well, very interesting insight in the world of so called glamour and glitz. The Martian I thought would be kind of a drag, but really enjoyed it.

    I don't why I just gave you my two cents but here, take it.

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      HAHA. No no I've seen Mad Max, it's listed in the 'already seen' movies 😛 I loved it! And I like hearing verdicts on movies so happily accepting all. I think I'll start with Room 😀

  6. Haha, sorrryyy! In my excitement, I missed the already seen….in bold and caps..okay. You'll love Room.

  7. Mad Max was awesome! It deserved all the awards! Spotlight was amazing just saw it on Monday after it s Best Picture win hehehe. I read the book of Room and was so disturbed and then underwhelmed by it that I decided not to watch the movie. Gonna be watching The Danish Girl and Carol this weekend.

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      You'll be pretty much done with all. I'm still trying to convince N to start with Room. He wants Bridge of Spies. Major conflict happening.

  8. I recommend Steve Jobs. Though being a film student and having watched all Oscar-nominated films every year and actually loving that sort of films may have made me recommend you that. But give it a chance, really. Micheal Fassbender is like the new god of acting and you don't want to miss him. Also because he is VERY VERY HOT. And also because every business-person/entrepreneur should watch it and you're one.

    – Hareem

  9. Joy has to take one for sure.
    But after Di Caprio got his Oscar it's no more exciting.

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