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When you think about your most anticipated films of 2016, it is more than likely that your picks will probably consist of major studio and franchise films- but which Oscar bait films should you be looking forward to this year? Let's take a look.


Release Date: December 21

Plot: A spacecraft is transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet and has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne.

Directed by: Morten Tyldum


Release Date: September 9

Plot: On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart, Jerry Ferrara.

Directed By: Clint Eastwood


Release Date: November 25

Plot: Chronicling the rise of McDonalds' fast food empire, The Founder tells the true story of how Illinois salesman Ray Kroc met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald, operating a hamburger restaurant in southern California in the 1950s. Kroc subtly maneuvers himself into a position to take control of their company, which grows into one of the world's best-known brands after he buys the chain for $2.7 million in 1961.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini, Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson, B.J. Novak, John Caroll Lynch.

Directed by: John Lee Hancock


Release Date: July 15

Plot: A jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) fall in love but face difficulties as they become more successful.

Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Finn Witrock, J.K. Simmons, John Legend.

Directed by: Damien Chazelle


Release Date: November 23

Plot: 1942. After falling in love with a French agent during a dangerous North African mission, an Allied counter-intelligence agent is quietly notified that the woman he has married and had a baby with is likely a Nazi spy.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris.

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis


Release Date: October 7

Plot: The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in London, and every day the train passes by her old house; the house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple a few houses down: Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.

Starring: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow.

Directed by: Tate Taylor


Release Date: December 16

Plot: A tragic event sends a New York ad man on a downward spiral.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris.

Directed by: David Frankel

*Credit to Letterboxd and IMDB for information and plot descriptions*


Which of these films are you anticipating most?


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