Okay so The Revenant will probably win (booooo) but I've seen all of the nominated movies and these are my rankings.
  1. 1.
    This is everything I like in a Best Picture. Strong ensemble cast, great writing, powerful message, and something that makes you think.
  2. 2.
    Every mother in the theatre was a wreck for this one and it's easy to understand why. I don't have a kid but it still packed a punch. I don't think Brie Larson should win for Best Actress but it's a damn shame the little guy who plays Jack didn't get nominated.
  3. 3.
    The Big Short
    Barely edged out Brooklyn for me, mostly because I've caught myself thinking about it a lot since I saw it last week. Another great ensemble cast and it makes a confusing topic (mortgage backed securities) easy to understand.
  4. 4.
    I really loved Brooklyn. The only reason it's not ranked higher is because the competition is strong and I'm comparing it to the book (which is always better).
  5. 5.
    Bridge of Spies
    I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did. I'm not sure it's worthy of a Best Picture award but it's Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg doing what they do best (with a surprise assist from the Cohen brothers).
  6. 6.
    The Martian
    It's fun and nerdy and everyone is perfectly cast, but this just wasn't strong enough to compete at this level, at least for me. Solid performance from Matt Damon but not Best Actor material.
  7. 7.
    The Revenant
    I'm tempted to say this just isn't my kind of movie but it's not true. True, it's violent and brutal at points, but nothing my squeamish sensibilities couldn't handle. My issue with this movie is it feels like it's trying too hard. Leo's performance it totally overrated; he was better in Wolf of Wall Street. And for all the chatter about the limited dialogue I'm happy to refer you to Robert Redford's performance in All Is Lost, a fantastic movie with literally no dialogue. Watch that instead.
  8. 8.
    Mad Max
    I hated this one. Thirty minutes in @beingholli turned to me and said, "Are we supposed to understand what the fuck is going on?" and I just shrugged. When the movie was over most of the theatre booed. True story.