OSCARWATCH - 2016

These ten films are the "Best of the Year," and most likely to win the most awards, IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY.

They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. Due to viewing restrictions, foreign language films will not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists.

DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend or like all films on this list, but these are my favorite picks to win awards.
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1.
Moonlight (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. (111 mins.)
Director: Barry Jenkins
“ Previous Rank: #2

Added to list 11/2/2016 ” - akkratte
 
2.
La La Land (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. (128 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
“ Previous Rank: #1

Added to list: 12/12/2016 ” - akkratte
 
3.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies. (137 mins.)
“ Previous Rank: #3

Added to list: 11/29/2016 ” - akkratte
 
4.
Arrival (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. (116 mins.)
“ Previous Rank: #4

Added to list 10/18 ” - akkratte
 
5.
Hell or High Water (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas. (102 mins.)
Director: David Mackenzie
“ Previous Rank: #5

Added to list 9/17 ” - akkratte
 
6.
Silence (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism. (161 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ NEW LISTING

Added to list: 12/28/2016 ” - akkratte
 
7.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Previous Rank: #6

Added to list: 11/12/2016 ” - akkratte
 
8.
Fences (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. (139 mins.)
“ Previous Rank: #8

Added to list: 12/21/2016 ” - akkratte
 
9.
Hidden Figures (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. (127 mins.)
Director: Theodore Melfi
“ NEW LISTING

Added to list: 12/28/2016 ” - akkratte
 
10.
Jackie (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy. (100 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
“ Previous Rank: #7

Added to list: 12/7/2016 ” - akkratte