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Posted: February 28, 2016

Oscar-nominated movies explained in one sentence each

By Lexie Hammesfahr

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The 88th annual Academy Awards will take place Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. 

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If you haven't had time to see the movies, here's a breakdown of the nominees, one potentially sarcastic sentence at a time: 

"The Big Short" – A simple explanation of the 2008 financial crisis thanks to celebrities like Margot Robbie, who explains finance terms while drinking champagne in a bathtub.

"Bridge of Spies" – Tom Hanks has to negotiate trading a Soviet spy for an American military man across a bridge during the Cold War. 

"Brooklyn" – An Irish girl who moved to America is confused about where she wants to live and forgets she's married for a second.

"Mad Max Fury Road" – Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy are chased by a band of guitar-playing dehydrated warriors through a sandstorm.

"The Martian" – Astronauts accidentally leave Matt Damon behind on Mars, where he fights for his life and figures out how to grow potatoes out of dehydrated excrement.

"The Revenant" – Leonardo DiCaprio gets attacked by a bear and has an all around bad week as he fights the elements and seeks revenge for his family.

"Room" – Jacob Tremblay gains freedom after being held captive in a room for years, allowing him the opportunity to experience the outside world for the first time.

"Spotlight" – Mark Ruffalo helps uncover the Catholic church sex abuse story.

"Trumbo" – Bryan Cranston just wants to write movies, but he gets accused of being a communist because he is one.

"Steve Jobs" – It's about the life of Apple co-founder and former chairman and CEO Steve Jobs.

"The Danish Girl" – Eddie Redmayne transforms himself as he undergoes one of the first sex-change operations in a tear-inducing story.

"Joy" – Jennifer Lawrence plays a mom and reminds viewers that Joy Mangano developed velvet hangers.

"Carol" – 1950s fashion and forbidden love are on display in this film.

"45 Years" – An old married couple has a late life crisis when the wife finds out the husband was engaged before.

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