Despite the acclaim for the nominees in the top category, none could be described as blockbusters. The Grand Budapest Hotel, released last March, is the most successful of the Best Picture contenders with $175 million at the box office worldwide.
All but one of the eight nominees in the top category were directed by men — Selma was directed by Ava DuVernay — ranging in age from 29 (Whiplash‘s Damien Chazelle) to 84 (American Sniper‘s Clint Eastwood). All were written by men and all have storylines that primarily focus on men.
Half of them tell the stories of real people. Three are based on books.
Here’s a look at the trailers for the films nominated for Best Picture:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything