2016 Oscar Watchlist

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1. Brooklyn (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Director: John Crowley | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 119,085 | Gross: $38.32M

2. The Danish Girl (2015)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 149,291 | Gross: $12.71M

3. Carol (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

95 Metascore

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 102,833 | Gross: $12.71M

4. Joy (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama

56 Metascore

Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 119,528 | Gross: $56.45M

5. 45 Years (2015)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receives shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells

Votes: 28,318 | Gross: $4.25M

6. Boy and the World (2013)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father.

Director: Alê Abreu | Stars: Vinicius Garcia, Marco Aurélio Campos, Lu Horta, Felipe Zilse

Votes: 5,655 | Gross: $0.13M

7. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

81 Metascore

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Directors: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak | Stars: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber

Votes: 33,501 | Gross: $19.38M

8. When Marnie Was There (2014)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Drama, Family

72 Metascore

A 12-year-old girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with long, flowing blonde hair. As the friendship ... See full summary »

Directors: James Simone, Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 25,338 | Gross: $0.77M

9. A War (2015)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, War

81 Metascore

The story of a Danish commander, who is accused of civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.

Director: Tobias Lindholm | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck

Votes: 8,808 | Gross: $0.12M

10. Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

83 Metascore

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan

Votes: 31,532 | Gross: $0.85M

11. Theeb (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

Director: Naji Abu Nowar | Stars: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Jack Fox

Votes: 9,131 | Gross: $0.28M

12. Cinderella (I) (2015)

PG | 105 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

67 Metascore

When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 146,216 | Gross: $201.15M

13. The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey.

Director: Felix Herngren | Stars: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer

Votes: 35,885 | Gross: $1.08M

14. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

R | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

46 Metascore

Literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson | Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford

Votes: 282,260 | Gross: $166.17M

15. The Hunting Ground (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Andrea Pino, Annie Clark, Claire Potter, Melinda Manning

Votes: 5,649 | Gross: $0.41M

16. Racing Extinction (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, News

81 Metascore

A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Elon Musk, Joel Sartore, Louie Psihoyos, Charles Hambleton

Votes: 7,015

17. Spectre (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

60 Metascore

A cryptic message from 007's past sends him pitted against a mysterious terrorist organization called Spectre, and learns of its involvement in previous events of his most dangerous missions.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 356,812 | Gross: $200.07M

18. Youth (I) (2015)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

A retired orchestra conductor is on vacation with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda

Votes: 65,495 | Gross: $2.70M

19. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 10,375 | Gross: $0.11M

20. Historia de un oso (2014)

G | 11 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

An old, lonesome bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama.

Director: Gabriel Osorio Vargas

Votes: 2,860

21. Prologue (2015)

6 min | Animation, Short

Taking place 2,400 years in the past, Prologue depicts a brutal battle between two teams of Spartan and Athenian warriors.

Director: Richard Williams

Votes: 986

22. Sanjay's Super Team (2015)

PG | 7 min | Animation, Short, Action

Bored with his father's meditation, a young Indian boy daydreams of Hindu gods as superheroes.

Director: Sanjay Patel | Stars: Brent Schraff, Sunny Singh Attar, Arun Rao, Jaquelynn Herrera

Votes: 3,774

23. We Can't Live Without Cosmos (2014)

16 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream.

Director: Konstantin Bronzit

Votes: 1,682

24. Stutterer (2015)

PG | 12 min | Short, Drama

A man whose lush inner thoughts are rendered mute by a crippling stutter feels isolated from the world despite a flourishing online relationship.

Director: Benjamin Cleary | Stars: Matthew Needham, Chloe Pirrie, Eric Richard, Serena Armitage

Votes: 2,298

25. Everything Will Be Okay (2015)

30 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

A divorced father picks up his eight-year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a while Lea can't help feeling that something isn't right. So begins a fateful journey.

Director: Patrick Vollrath | Stars: Simon Schwarz, Julia Pointner, Marion Rottenhofer, Daniel Keberle

Votes: 972

26. Day One (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 25 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

On her first day in Afghanistan, an interpreter for the US Army is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker.

Director: Henry Hughes | Stars: Layla Alizada, Navid Negahban, Alexia Pearl, Bill Zasadil

Votes: 745

27. Shok (2015)

21 min | Short, Drama, History

The friendship of two boys is tested to its limits as they battle for survival during the Kosovo war.

Director: Jamie Donoughue | Stars: Lum Veseli, Andi Bajgora, Melihate Qena, Luan Kryeziu

Votes: 2,471

28. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015)

TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short

A woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for falling in love becomes a rare survivor of the country's harsh judicial system.

Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy | Stars: Asad Jamal, Saba

Votes: 1,234

29. Body Team 12 (2015)

TV-PG | 13 min | Documentary, Short, News

Body Team 12 is tasked with collecting the dead at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the ... See full summary »

Director: David Darg

Votes: 342

30. Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah (2015)

TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Claude Lanzmann discusses the long and difficult process of researching, shooting, editing and presenting his groundbreaking and influential documentary Shoah (1985).

Director: Adam Benzine | Stars: Claude Lanzmann, Marcel Ophüls, Stuart Liebmann, Richard Brody

Votes: 295

31. Chau, Beyond the Lines (2015)

34 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Chau, a 16-year-old boy living in a Vietnamese peace camp for kids disabled by Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional clothing designer.

Director: Courtney Marsh

Votes: 257

32. Last Day of Freedom (2015)

32 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision to call the police. Living Condition: Bill's Story is an animated account of his decision to... See full summary »

Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman | Star: Bill Babbitt

Votes: 326



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