Best picture: 'Revenant,' 'Max' lead Oscar charge

January 14, 2016 5:09 PM

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Best picture: 'Revenant,' 'Max' lead Oscar charge

Shortly after the Oscars nominations were announced USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander spoke with film critic Leonard Maltin about the Academy's picks for 2016.

Strength: Timing. The bank-fail dramedy has caught fire recently with its A-list cast and entertaining handling of the mortgage crisis. "The Big Short is the movie on everyone’s lips right now," says Oscar expert Dave Karger. "And it’s the only (best picture candidate) that truly is a c...

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