2016 Oscar Nominations Announced: ‘The Revenant’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Lead Contenders

     January 14, 2016

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The nominations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards were announced today, and there are more than a few surprises here. Let’s begin with one of the major upsets: Carol, Todd Haynes‘ gorgeous, emotionally resonant romance, failed to secure a Best Film nomination, and Haynes also was snubbed as director; in both cases, they were seemingly pushed aside for Lenny Abrahamson‘s Room, a very good movie in comparison to the greatness of Carol. On the other hand, Jacob Tremblay surprisingly didn’t get a nomination for his rather wonderful performance, and it’s nice to see Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, and Phyllis Nagy get nominations for a film that deserved to sweep the whole damn thing.

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Otherwise, the main categories are pretty business-as-usual, with the exception of the screenplays. I must say I’m surprised to see Quentin Tarantino not on the list for Best Original Screenplay for the lovingly unhinged The Hateful Eight in favor, it would seem, of F. Gary Gray‘s Straight Outta Compton. Similarly, seeing an Aaron Sorkin script not get nominated is a strange, strange sight to behold. But the glut of the nominations went to the movies that we were expecting to get the noms, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens predictably picking up a slew of technical nods.

One last notable surprise would be the absence of Furious 7‘s “See You Again,” which was a favorite for the award right next to “Writing’s on the Wall,” Sam Smith‘s theme for Spectre. (Would that Radiohead’s jettisoned take on the theme could have been nominated, which would have been my favorite Bond theme by a mile, had it been released.) “See You Again” was seemingly usurped by “Earned It,” The Weeknd’s catchy, seductive song for Fifty Shades of Grey, and it’s easy enough to assume that The Weeknd’s famed stage show (as well as the film’s success) was a deciding factor here. Indeed, if The Weeknd performs and has half the energy he brought to his performance of “Can’t Feel My Face” at the MTV Music Video Awards, he may very well steal the show.

The 2016 Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 28th on ABC, hosted by Chris Rock. Here are the nominees:

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BEST PICTURE

Spotlight

The Big Short

The Revenant

The Martian

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

Bridge of Spies

Room


BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant

Adam McKay – The Big Short

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

George Miller — Mad Max: Fury Road

Lenny Abrahamson — Room

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BEST ACTRESS

Brie Larson – Room

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Cate Blanchett – Carol

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Jennifer Lawrence — Joy

BEST ACTOR

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Matt Damon – The Martian

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara – Carol

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Tom Hardy — The Revenant

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Big Short – Adam McKay, Charles Randolph

Room — Emma Donaghue

Carol – Phyllis Nagy

The Martian – Drew Goddard

Brooklyn – Nick Hornby

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

Inside Out – Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFavue

Straight Outta Compton — Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus

Ex Machina – Alex Garland

Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki

Sicario – Roger Deakins

Carol – Edward Lachman

Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale

The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams

Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman

Carol – Carter Burwell

Sicario — Johann Johannsson

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Ex Machina

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Martian

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

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BEST FILM EDITING

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Spotlight

The Big Short

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

The Revenant

The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared

Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Mad Max: Fury Road

Bridge of Spies

The Martian

The Revenant

The Danish Girl

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction


“Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground

“Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre

“Simple Song #3” from Youth

BEST SOUND EDITING

Sicario

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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BEST SOUND MIXING

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Inside Out

Anomalisa

Boy and the World

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

Mustang – France

Son of Saul – Hungary


Theeb – Jordan

A War — Denmark

Embrace of the Serpent — Colombia

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Amy

The Look of Silence

Cartel Land

What Happened Miss Simone?

Winter’s on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Last Day of Freedom

Body Team 12

Chau

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Shok

Stutterer

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Bear Story (Historia de un Oso)

Prologue


Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos 

World of Tomorrow

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