ByCarl Morris, writer at

With the memories of the last Academy Awards still fresh in the memory it is now time to look forward to the movies scheduled for release this year that could potentially push for some Oscars. Remember they're almost a year away and we haven't even seen the trailers for these movies yet so these are just initial predictions. Here we go:

Bridge of Spies

This biographical spy thriller movie starring Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan and Billy Magnussen will depict the events of the 1960 U-2 incident. This film is also directed by Steven Speilberg and written by the Coen Brothers, so expect directing and writing Oscar nominations for this film, possibly followed by a Best Actor nomination for Hanks. John Williams also working on the films score.

Always look for different angle
Always look for different angle

Steve Jobs

The clue is in the title with this one. According to Universal's press release, the film is "set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter." Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 127 hours and 28 days later) and starring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels and Kate Winslet. This film is the one I'm looking forward to the most on this list because it sees Fassbender take on a big role and finally take center stage, Aaron Sorkin is working on the script and Danny Boyle directing and hopefully make us forget about the god awful Ashton Kutcher Jobs film. Expect Writing and Directing Oscar nominations and possibly wins, I would be disappointed if Fassbender didn't receive a nomination for Acting. Finally we get to Seth Rogen step away from his Judd Apatow type crap that he's been making for the last couple of years. This film looks very, very exciting.

Fassbender listening to Seth Rogen
Fassbender listening to Seth Rogen

The Revenant

This adapted screenplay written and directed by last years Best Director Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson. Expect the DiCaprio nomination again and probably directing and writing and production

Could this be the year
Could this be the year


Written and Directed by David O. Russell this film sees him team up with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for the third time. The film is about a struggling single mom of three children, Joy Mangano, who invented the 'Miracle Mop' and is the President of Ingenious Designs, LLC. It stars Jennifer Lawrence as Mangano, Bradley Cooper as an executive at the Home Shopping Network, Robert De Niro as Mangano's father, and Édgar Ramírez as Joy's divorced husband. This film will hopefully make us remember DeNiro is a good actor. As for Russell, Cooper and Lawrence I expect this film to achieve greatness.

The Dynamic trio on set
The Dynamic trio on set

The Hateful Eight

I expect this film to receive an Original Screenplay nomination but that's it. This film isn't really making me too excited. The film stars Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Zoe Bell and Channing Tatum. Also written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Theatrical Promotion poster
Theatrical Promotion poster

Sea of Trees

Directed by Gus Van Sant, starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts, this film follows a man who travels to Japan to commit suicide while he meets a local man also there to commit suicide. I have high expectations for this film because apart fro Promised Land, I believe that Van Sant is an excellent director alongside Mr. Safest Bet Matthew McConaughey. Also the plot and story sounds very strong and interesting.

A good image
A good image

The Danish Girl

Fresh from his Oscar victory Eddie Redmayne is teaming up with AA winning director Tom Hooper (Kings Speech and Les Miserables) to tell the remarkable true story of Lili Elbe.


Written and Directed by Thomas McCarthy It is about Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative unit in the United States,[4] and their coverage of the Massachusetts Catholic sex abuse scandal, for which the Globe won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.The Globe's coverage is among the most celebrated U.S. journalism projects of the twenty-first century. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup. Watch the space.

The Good Dinosaur

Disney Pixars November release could be nominated in the best animated feature category. Starring Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Possibly not for the main category's but certainly the Production Design, Score, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Mixing. Possibly Adapted Screenplay and possibly Director for JJ Abrahams.


The film stars Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Brendan Gleeson and Helena Bonham Carter. The film is British production due out in September. This is very very much an outisder, but Meryl Streep will surley receive her yearly nomination.

Mulligan and Carter
Mulligan and Carter

Other Possibilities

  • Snowden (Oliver Stone)
  • Everest (Baltasar Kormákur)
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vitenberg)
  • Knight of Cups (Terrence Mallick)
  • By the Sea (Angelina Jolie)
  • Spectre (Sam Mendes)
  • Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 (Joke)
  • Brooklyn (John Crowley)
  • Silence (Martin Scorsese) (If it comes out in time)
  • A Hologram for the King (Tom Tykwer)
  • Minions (Pierre Coffin)
  • Me and Earl and The Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)

Sorry if I left anyone out, these predictions are ridiculously early and possibly wrong. Lets look forward to a year of good film shall we?


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