On February 22nd the 2015 Oscars will be live on ABC which means we’ve got 17 days to get you all caught up on what is taking home the gold on Hollywood’s biggest night.

We’ve reviewed American Sniper and The Grand Budapest Hotel, but with limited time left, it’s time to step it up! Here is everything you need to know about:

 

SELMA

Award Count: Two; Best Picture, Best Original Song

What’s It About: The life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. is examined through the dramatic events surrounding the historic 1965 freedom marches from Selma to Montgomery. Determined to fight the injustice and discrimination that African Americans continue to face in southern states despite the Civil Rights Act of 1964, King chooses Selma as the starting point for the peaceful protest marches that will focus the world’s attention on the city and its response.

 

BOYHOOD

Award Count: Six, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress

What’s It About: Over the course of 12 years, a young boy named Mason experiences the joys and difficulties of childhood. The child of divorced parents, both of whom are facing their own set of challenges, Mason, along with his sister Samantha, learns to navigate through a world in which the strengths and frailties of the adults around him have a profound impact on his own life.

 

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Award Count: Five, including Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture

What’s It About: Stephen Hawking is a brilliant Cambridge graduate student when he learns that he has a progressive motor neuron disease and may die within two years. For Jane Wilde, Stephen’s fellow student and future wife, the prognosis represents not a certainty but a challenge that her faith and Stephen’s passionate determination can overcome.

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