Best Picture 2015

Updating Sept. 8, 2015

Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper's BLACK MASS


Drafting… stay tuned!

youth-picA photo of Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as they appear in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth


Drafting… stay tuned!


My official predictions include only films set for distribution in the United States. The process of guessing who will and will not make the cut always seems to be collaborative, so feel free to leave a comment (or a tweet) that addresses any relevant concerns.

Predicted Nominees

  1. Carol (more)

  2. The Revenant (more)

  3. Youth (more)

  4. The Danish Girl (more)

  5. The Hateful Eight (more)

If There Are More Than Five…

  1. Inside Out (more)
  2. Steve Jobs (more)
  3. Our Brand is Crisis (more)
  4. Joy (more)
  5. Bridge of Spies (more)

Next in Line?

  1. Suffragette (more)
  2. Beasts of No Nation (more)
  3. Brooklyn (more)
  4. 45 Years (more)
  5. I Saw the Light (more)

Other Possibilities

  1. Straight Outta Compton (more)
  2. Spotlight (more)
  3. Black Mass (more)
  4. Truth (more)
  5. Freeheld (more)
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road (more)
  7. Sicario (more)
  8. About Ray (more)
  9. The Walk (more)
  10. In the Heart of the Sea (more)

Long Shots

  1. Everest (more)
  2. Creed (more)
  3. Stonewall (more)
  4. The Good Dinosaur (more)
  5. Chi-Raq (more)
  6. Son of Saul (more)
  7. By the Sea (more)
  8. Room (more)
  9. The Martian (more)
  10. Burnt (more)
  11. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (more)
  12. Concussion (more)
  13. Snowden (more)
  14. The Program (more)


  • Aloha (more)
  • A Bigger Splash – Hits next year
  • Crimson Peak (more)
  • Demolition – Hitting theaters on Apri. 6, 2016
  • Dope (more)
  • Ex Machina (more)
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (more)
  • Irrational Man (more)
  • Jenny’s Wedding (more)
  • Macbeth (more)
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (more)
  • Max (more)
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (more)
  • Ricki and the Flash (more)
  • The Secret in Their Eyes (more)
  • The Secret Scripture (more)
  • Sing Street (more)
  • Spy (more)
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment (more)
  • Testament of Youth (more)
  • Trainwreck (more)
  • Triple 9 (more) – Bumped to March 2016
  • Trumbo (more)

In Limbo

I regard these films as ineligible at the moment, because a) the films might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules or their not being ready, or b) the films lack stateside distribution altogether. But as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

  1. Hail, Caesar! (more)
  2. Lion (more)
  3. Bleed for This (more)
  4. Hands of Stone (more)
  5. Ithaca (more)
  6. The Other Side of the Wind (more)
  7. Miles Ahead (more)
  8. The Family Fang (more)
  9. Queen of the Desert (more)


  • A Monster Calls – Hits next year


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