Slate writers and editors make their Best Picture cases (VIDEO).

Watch All Eight of Slate’s Video Essays on This Year’s Best Picture Nominees

Watch All Eight of Slate’s Video Essays on This Year’s Best Picture Nominees

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Feb. 26 2016 10:14 AM

Watch All Eight of Slate’s Video Essays on This Year’s Best Picture Nominees

The Big Short, The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant.
Every movie deserves a defense.

Image by Slate. Stills via Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros.

Over the past few weeks, as part of our series “The Best Case for Best Picture,” Slate staffers and critics have mounted their strongest arguments for the movie they think should win the Oscars’ biggest prize. It hasn't been easy: They've also had to contend against the counterarguments of Slate culture editor Dan Kois. From the quiet romanticism of Brooklyn to the pulse-racing spectacle of Mad Max: Fury Road, this year's Best Picture contenders are all over the map. But every movie deserves a defense. Watch them all, and decide which movie you think comes out on top.

Aisha Harris, for Mad Max: Fury Road

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Alan Scherstuhl, for The Revenant

Forrest Wickman, for The Big Short

Laura Bennett, for Room

Willa Paskin, for Brooklyn

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Dana Stevens, for Spotlight

David Ehrlich, for Bridge of Spies

Julia Turner, for The Martian

Laura Bennett is Slate’s features director.

David Ehrlich is a staff writer at Rolling Stone and a film critic for Slate.

Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s culture department. He is writing a book called How to Be a Family and co-writing, with Isaac Butler, an oral history of Angels in America.

Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Alan Scherstuhl is the film editor at Voice
Media Group.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Jacob T. Swinney is a video essayist, filmmaker, and cinephile.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.

Forrest Wickman is Slate’s culture editor.