Every year around this time, I hear the buzz around Oscar-nominated films and roles, and every year around this time, I realize that I have seen, oh…none of them. ¬†I know a lot of you feel me.¬†But with this compilation of flicks from the¬†Common Sense Media 2016 Oscar Nominated Films¬†listing,¬†along with¬†helpful¬†ratings and information that will help guide family movie night selections, I just may¬†have a chance to break this tradition at last.

Check out the list of¬†¬†all movies that are up for awards — not just the kid flicks — then¬†filter out which are appropriate for your kids based on age and of course, your own parenting boundaries and choices. Inside Out?¬†Yes.¬†The Revenant?¬†Maybe not for your six-year-old. Bridge of Spies? Well,¬†possibly. That’s why it’s good to dig down and see what kid reviewers say versus adults and their own staff reviewers.

Let’s just say we know quite a few Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens fans¬†who are well under 10.

Common Sense media is a great resource for family media recos, including all the Oscar nominees like Star Wars VII Force Awakens



As always, Common Sense Media’s¬†ratings cover categories like positive messages, violence, sex, language, drinking and more, all aimed to help you make a good decision; not to tell you which¬†decision to make. We love that.

And hey, even if this helpful list doesn’t help you with a family movie night, it can also¬†give you some ideas for streaming movies after the kids are asleep.¬†Matt Damon, anyone?

Check out the¬†Common Sense Media 2016 Oscar Nominated Films¬†list on the site.¬†And PS, Liz’s girls (10, 8) tell you not to miss Studio Ghibli’s¬†When Marnie Was There, a¬†favorite of theirs last year. It’s no Totoro, but it’s quite magical.

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