Awards season is upon us again, with the list of nominees for both the Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards recently being released. But looking ahead, the two lists can give us a pretty good idea of who’s going to clean house at the 2016 Oscars. Here are six movies that are likely to pick up an Academy Award next year, or at least get nominated.


This film about lesbians in 1950s New York leads the Golden Globe nominations with five, including Best Drama, Best Actress in a Drama (two nominees, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett), Best Director, and Best Score. Leading the Golden Globes in nominations is always a good sign that your film is not going to be snubbed once Oscars season arrives. The film also has two SAG Awards nominations.


Already pegged as an Oscar frontrunner, the movie about the Boston Globe’s investigation into inappropriate sexual conduct by the Catholic Church was highly regarded by critics. Spotlight has three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Drama, but, perhaps surprisingly, only two SAG nominations, one of which is Best Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.


Mad Max: Fury Road

When it was announced that the Mad Max franchise was being revitalized, nobody could have imagined how successful it would be. Grossing over $375 million and receiving critical acclaim, don’t be surprised if this hit action film starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy receives more than a few nominations at the 2016 Oscars.

The Revenant

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, this adaptation of the novel of the same name has also been pegged as a likely 2016 Oscar nominee, with four Golden Globe nominations and an SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for DiCaprio.

Steve Jobs

While its accuracy in its depiction of the Apple founder has been questioned, Aaron Sorkin’s biopic has received appreciation from critics and moviegoers alike. Don’t be surprised if the Oscar committee feels the same way. The film stars Michael Fassbender as the iconic Jobs, along with Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan, and Jeff Daniels.

The Martian

The Ridley Scott-directed film will benefit from some controversy, as it was nominated for Best Comedy or Musical by the Golden Globes—an odd choice, given its rather serious and dramatic subject matter (about an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars). If the film starring Matt Damon can ride that controversy, it may stay fresh enough in people’s minds to score some extra Oscar nominations. The fact that it was a successful, well-received film doesn’t hurt its chances, either.

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