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The Academy

Haven't made it to the movie theater in a while? No worries.

Nominations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning during a two-part news conference in Beverly Hills. Voters for the 2016 Oscars will consider eight movies in the coveted Best Picture category: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight. With global blockbusters like Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominating the box office, some of the year's smaller but critically acclaimed films went unnoticed by movie buffs.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center and will be televised live on ABC at 7 p.m. ET. Hosted by Chris Rock, the show will be broadcast live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

For those looking to familiarize themselves with the Best Picture nominees, never fear: E! News has you covered. Here, we present trailers, trivia and synopsis related to this year's contenders.

The Big Short

Director: Adam McKay

Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt

Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

Quote: "Tell me the difference between stupid and illegal and I'll have my wife's brother arrested."

Where to See It: In theaters

Bridge of Spies

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda

Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger

Quote: "We have to have the conversations our governments can't."

Where to See It: In theaters


Director: John Crowley

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters

Producers: Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey

Quote: "You'll feel so homesick that you'll want to die, and there's nothing you can do about it apart from endure it. But you will, and it won't kill you. And one day the sun will come out and you'll realize that this is where your life is."

Where to See It: In theaters; Amazon Instant; Google Play; iTunes; Video on Demand

Mad Max: Fury Road

Director: George Miller

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Courtney Eaton

Producers: Doug Mitchell and George Miller

Quote: "I am the one that runs from both the living and the dead. Hunted by scavengers, haunted by those I could not protect. So I exist in this wasteland, reduced to one instinct: survive."

Where to See It: Blu-Ray; DVD; Amazon Instant; Google Play; iTunes; Video on Demand

The Martian

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam

Quote: "In the face of overwhelming odds, I'm left with only one option: I'm going to have to science the s--t out of this."

Where to See It: In theaters; Blu-Ray; DVD; Amazon Instant; Google Play iTunes; Video on Demand

The Revenant

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter

Producers: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon

Quote: "I ain't afraid to die anymore. I'd done it already."

Where to See It: In theaters


Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers and William H. Macy

Producer: Ed Guiney

Quote: "When I was small, I only knew small things. But now I'm 5; I know everything!"

Where to See It: In theaters


Director: Tom McCarthy

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci

Producers: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust

Quote: "If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse them. That's the truth of it."

Where to See It: In theaters

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