Oscar season is well underway, as Academy voters have already been handed their ballots and have until January 8th to make their votes. The full list of Oscar nominees will be revealed on January 14th, but as with any year, the one category that most moviegoers are really concerned about is Best Picture. Unlike most years, 2015 has been lacking in any clear front runners and at this point in time, the race is truly wide open to a diverse field of potential nominees. While we’re not sure which films will even receive a nomination (there are only a few in the bunch that can realistically be called a “lock”) and some titles are definitely a long-shot, don’t be surprised if any of these films walk away with the Best Picture Academy Award on February 28.
10. Bridge of Spies
With all of the Oscar buzz films like Spotlight and Room have been receiving recently — not to mention how Star Wars: The Force Awakens hijacked pretty much all movie news over the past few months — it’s easy to forget that Steven Spielberg released a new film this year — and a pretty good one at that! Bridge of Spies is definitely not one of Spielberg’s best, but even one of his lesser films is still superior to 90% of anything else Hollywood produces in a given year, so it would be foolish to count this Cold War drama out of the race completely. Plus, Spielberg has the advantage of being one of the Academy’s most beloved filmmakers, so anytime he releases something new, especially a historical drama starring Tom Hanks, he has a good chance of making the cut.