It’s October, which means we’re only a few months away from the 88th Academy Awards taking place in February 2016. The entertainment world is buzzing over the summer hits and eagerly awaiting fall releases and festival season to kick-off. Now’s the perfect time to catch up on the big contenders to be sure you’re in the know for awards season.

Here’s a quick recap of the movies Hollywood thinks will be big winners at the Oscars next year:

The Revenant_Foxmovies.comThe Revenant

This could finally be the year Leonardo DiCaprio breaks his Oscar curse. Fingers crossed. Set in uncharted American wilderness, The Revenant portrays DiCaprio as trapper Hugh Glass. After being critically injured, Glass’s traitorous teammate, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) leaves him behind to die. Glass sets out on a quest for survival and vengeance in this Alejandro González Iñárritu contender.


 

Bridge of Spies_turkishplayer.comBridge of Spies

Tom Hanks stars as an American lawyer recruited by the CIA during the Cold War in this Spielberg historical piece. The story follows Hanks as he helps negotiate the release of an imprisoned pilot captured by the Soviet Union. Haven’t seen it yet? Don’t worry, it hasn’t hit theaters yet.


 

The Danish Girl_independent.co.ukThe Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne captured our hearts and won Best Actor for his role in The Theory of Everything. Redmayne has another strong performance in this Best Picture contender for his portrayal of Lili Elbe, a transgender pioneer known as one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery.


 

Joy_businessinsiderJoy

If you missed Jennifer Lawrence this year, don’t worry. Her latest hit with director David O. Russell is totally in the running for 2016. Joy is a biopic in which Lawrence stars as a struggling, but bad ass single mother who later invents the Miracle Mop. Seriously. True story.


 

Steve Jobs_thefilmstage.comSteve Jobs

Remember when Ashton Kutcher portrayed Steve Jobs? Yeah, we blocked that out too. Steve Jobs is a worthy depiction directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender. Better yet, Aaron Sorkin penned the script and we all remember how much we loved The Social Network.

xx, The FabFitFun Team