The Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
The Gist: In this adaption of Patricia Hingsmith’s book The Prince of Salt, a clerk working in a Manhattan department store, meets Carol who is trapped in a loveless marriage. An immediate connection sparks, which develops into a love affair between the two women, challenging the conventional norms of 1950s New York.
The Nominations: Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Cinematography
Opens 26 February
The Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter
The Gist: Directed by Alejandro G Iñárritu, the film is based on Michael Punke’s novel. Set in the 1820s, the plot follows a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition, who fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by his team.
The Nominations: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role and Directing, among many others.
Opens 26 February
The Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers
The Gist: The deeply emotional adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel is an exploration of love between a mother and her five-year-old son, after the duo escape from the enclosed surroundings that the latter has known for his entire life.
The Nominations: Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, Directing
The Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Edgar Ramirez, Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen
The Gist: This is the story of Joy, who rises out of the complexes of her dysfunctional family to become an entrepreneur, and eventually the matriarch of a powerful business dynasty.
The Nomination: Actress in a Leading Role
The Cast: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren
The Gist: The 1947 story of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was jailed and blacklisted for his communist beliefs. Trumbo used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the injustice under the blacklist.
The Nomination: Actor in a Leading Role
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