Oscars Best Picture Nominees 2016 Ranked by Tomatometer

The 2016 Oscar nominations are officially in, and this year the Academy settled on eight candidates for the top prize. The nominees represent a fairly wide range of genres, from George Miller’s wild action adventure Mad Max: Fury Road to John Crowley’s period romance Brooklyn and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s survival thriller The Revenant. But how do they stack up against each other? See below for the full list of Best Picture nominees ranked by Tomatometer!



The Revenant (2015)

Adjusted Score: 93.888%
Critics Consensus: As starkly beautiful as it is harshly uncompromising, The Revenant uses Leonardo DiCaprio's committed performance as fuel for an absorbing drama that offers punishing challenges -- and rich rewards.
Synopsis: Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man's epic adventure of survival... [More]


The Big Short (2015)

Adjusted Score: 100.798%
Critics Consensus: The Big Short approaches a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail -- and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains in the bargain.
Synopsis: Writer/director Adam McKay joins forces with Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment to adapt Michael Lewis' best-seller The Big Short:... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay


Bridge of Spies (2015)

Adjusted Score: 102.079%
Critics Consensus: Bridge of Spies finds new life in Hollywood's classic Cold War espionage thriller formula, thanks to reliably outstanding work from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
Synopsis: Tom Hanks stars as the American attorney tasked with negotiating the release of a U-2 spy plane pilot who was... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg


The Martian (2015)

Adjusted Score: 105.999%
Critics Consensus: Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.
Synopsis: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott


Room (2015)

Adjusted Score: 105.333%
Critics Consensus: Led by incredible work from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room makes for an unforgettably harrowing -- and undeniably rewarding -- experience.
Synopsis: Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, ROOM is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother... [More]
Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson


Spotlight (2015)

Adjusted Score: 111.661%
Critics Consensus: Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.
Synopsis: SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause... [More]
Directed By:

Adjusted Score: 113.946%
Critics Consensus: With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life.
Synopsis: Filmmaker George Miller gears up for another post-apocalyptic action adventure with Fury Road, the fourth outing in the Mad Max... [More]
Directed By: George Miller


Brooklyn (2015)

Adjusted Score: 107.47%
Critics Consensus: Brooklyn buttresses outstanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen with a rich period drama that tugs at the heartstrings as deftly as it satisfies the mind.
Synopsis: BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s... [More]
Directed By: John Crowley

  • Pinkk

    The Martian or Mad Max *nod nod*

  • MontyCircus

    Or, rank them by “Average Rating” instead of Tomatometer (which is practically useless for this purpose), with a Bayesian average based on # of ratings
    1.) 8.6 Mad Max: Fury Road
    2.) 8.9 Spotlight
    3.) 8.6 Brooklyn
    4.) 8.6 Room
    5.) 7.9 Martian
    6.) 7.9 Revenant
    7.) 7.8 Bridge of Spies
    8.) 7.9 The Big Short

    • RickMeister

      I’d watch Charlize Theron make peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.

    • Edvan

      May I know how the calculation for this ranking?

      • MontyCircus

        80 = the minimum # of reviews for a wide release to be eligible for certified fresh status
        5.7 = the average average rating for 2015 movies that made the top 10 box office in at least one weekend.
        Example for Mad Max: Fury Road:
        =(333/(333+80))*8.6+(80/(333+80))*5.7 which = 8.018886199

        The order I listed the films is the order of the Bayesian average rating. The number after the ranking is the raw average rating score.

        Here are the newest calculations:
        1.) 8.9 Spotlight
        2.) 8.6 Mad Max: Fury Road
        3.) 8.6 Room
        4.) 8.6 Brooklyn
        5.) 8.0 The Revenant
        6.) 7.9 The Martian
        7.) 7.8 Bridge of Spies
        8.) 7.8 The Big Short

  • RickMeister

    I saw “A Man in the Wilderness” Richard Harris 1971.
    This is just a remake of that movie and not as good I reckon.

    • KingRichard22

      I haven’t seen that but The Revenant is excellent..!

  • KingRichard22

    Rooting for Bridge of Spies..!

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