2016 Oscar-Nominated Films

The 2016 Oscar nominations are full of family-friendly films. From Pixar's latest hit, Inside Out, to the hugely anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens and the romantic period drama Brooklyn, families will find movies to enjoy together with even the youngest kids. Check out our reviews to see what fits for your family. (The 88th Annual Academy Awards telecast airs February 28, 2016, on ABC.) For the 2017 nominees, click here.

Browse 2016 Oscar-Nominated Films

 
Shaun the Sheep Movie Movie Poster Image
Tons of barn-animal fun in sweet stop-motion adventure.
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Cinderella (2015) Movie Poster Image
Gorgeous, but it's the same old fairy tale.
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Inside Out Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, original story about handling big feelings.
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Boy and the World Movie Poster Image
Poignant hand-drawn story promotes family, environmentalism.
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When Marnie Was There Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated but slow tale about unique friendship.
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Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens Movie Poster Image
Epic Star Wars sequel delivers great performances, action.
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The Martian Movie Poster Image
Excellent space thriller mixes peril, charm, real science.
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Bridge of Spies Movie Poster Image
Cold War thriller focuses on tension over action.
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Creed Movie Poster Image
Feel-good Rocky-saga drama is both a hit and a miss.
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Brooklyn Movie Poster Image
Poignant immigration drama is romantic, thought-provoking.
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Joy Movie Poster Image
Joy
Inspiring but uneven drama about Miracle Mop inventor.
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Spectre Movie Poster Image
Fast-paced thriller is high on action, lighter on emotion.
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Steve Jobs Movie Poster Image
Compelling portrait of Apple genius has lots of swearing.
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45 Years Movie Poster Image
Quietly powerful drama about marriage and memory.
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The Hunting Ground Movie Poster Image
Grim docu shines much-needed light on campus rape epidemic.
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Spotlight Movie Poster Image
Powerful, intense film about Boston church abuse scandal.
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Amy Movie Poster Image
Amy
Devastatingly compelling docu about talent gone too soon.
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The Big Short Movie Poster Image
Finance dramedy turns complex ideas into gripping cinema.
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Carol Movie Poster Image
Moving, beautifully acted '50s-set drama about secret love.
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Mad Max: Fury Road Movie Poster Image
Postapocalyptic action is excellent but extremely violent.
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Room Movie Poster Image
Difficult-to-watch but beautifully performed survival tale.
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Trumbo Movie Poster Image
Entertaining Hollywood story has important history lesson.
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Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom Movie Poster Image
Brutal but inspiring docu about 2013-'14 Ukrainian uprising.
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The Danish Girl Movie Poster Image
Great performance in fact-based transgender story.
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Ex Machina Movie Poster Image
Brilliant, emotional, mature sci-fi tale could be a classic.
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Sicario Movie Poster Image
Violent drug-lord battle is masterful but pessimistic.
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Straight Outta Compton Movie Poster Image
Edgy but powerful story of incendiary '80s rap group.
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Youth Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful, reflective drama has strong language, nudity.
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The Hateful Eight Movie Poster Image
Extreme violence, language in Tarantino's clever western.
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The Revenant Movie Poster Image
Heavy, punishing violence in DiCaprio's revenge Western.
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