The Academy Awards, aka the #Oscars, are movies’ biggest night. This is where the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honors the best films of the previous year. These awards are in 24 categories, ranging from makeup and costume design, to sound mixing and original scores, to visual effects and film editing. See the full list of 2016 nominees here.
As you may be aware, there is a ton of controversy surrounding this year’s awards, especially in the Best Actor and Actress categories. Just how do films and actors get considered for the awards anyway? You can find out more about nomination criteria and the more than 6,000 voting members here in this Mental Floss article, but the formula stays the same – Directors nominate directors and actors nominate actors and so on, although, Best Picture of the Year is up to the entire Academy.
Despite what may be swirling around this year’s awards, most eyes are on the last award of the night – the Best Picture of the Year. The 8 films in the running are (in alphabetical order) The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight.
What are you most excited to see at this year’s Oscars?
If you’re anything like me, you haven’t had a chance yet to watch all of the films yet. Lucky for us Digg is a couple of steps ahead and put out this 4-minute compilation video with a brief summary of all of the films nominated. CAUTION: Spoilers ahead!
As Digg put it in their 2015 compilation video post, “now you can have an opinion on the nominees 982 minutes faster than watching the actual films.”
Got four minutes?