2016 Oscar Nominations

Oscars 2016

The 2016 Oscar nominees are in, and the road to 88th Academy Award is in full swing.

2015 had been a tough year for predictions, as many categories lacked true Oscar favorites (aside from say Leo for best actor and Spotlight for Best Picture). There were a lot of great movies that the pesky Oscar voters really liked in 2015 but there weren’t too many frontrunners. It was anyone’s guess as to who would end up being nominated this morning when Actor John Krasinski, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee announced this nominees for the 88th Academy Awards

Just like any year, there’s certainly plenty to nit-pick at, but lets start on a positive note. The fact that an action/adventure epic such as Mad Max: Fury Road can compete strong with an impressive 10 Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and a well deserved Best Director for George Miller) is pretty amazing considering it’s against the grain of what the conservative Oscar voters usually support. It ended up coming in second place in total nominations, with The Revenant leading the way with an even more impressive 12 nominations.

Best Picture 2016 Oscars

8 films ended up scoring Best Picture nominations, none of which included Carol, Sicario, or Straight Outta Compton, with Carol being the most striking omission. It didn’t stop there, as Carol director Todd Haynes was sadly ignored for Best Director, with Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and Adam McKay (The Big Short) coming up with with some big nominations for their directorial work.

Other surprises included Straight Outta Compton’s nomination for best original screenplay, a surprise considering it was the films sole nomination, and it came at the expense of two usual suspects for the category: Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs) and Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight). There was surprisingly no love for The Good Dinosaur or The Peanuts Movie (and thankfully no Minions) for Animated Feature, with Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There stealing their thunder. The acting categories were the most in-tune to pundits predictions, with no real surprises in any of the four categories, although it was still nice to see Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Sylvester Stallone (Creed) and Tom Hardy (The Revenant) secure nominations for best supporting actor, although no Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) doesn’t sit right. It’s a bummer that Michael Giacchino’s brilliant score for Inside Out was cast aside, but all the other nominees are certainly worthy. Oh, and 50 Shades Of Grey is an Oscar nominated film. Only for original song, but let that one sink in.

Find the full list of nominees for the 2016 Oscars posted below, and stay tuned for our predictions and recap of the show results

2016 Oscar Nominees:

Best Original Song:

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3” from Youth
“Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre

Best Cinematography:

Ed Lachman, Carol
Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
Roger Deakins, Sicario

Best Documentary Short:

Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

Best Documentary Feature:

Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Costume Design:

Sandy Powell, Carol
Sandy Powell, Cinderella
Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl
Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road
Jacqueline West, The Revenant

Best Sound Editing:

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing:

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best Live-Action Short:

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Best Animated Short:

Bear Story
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Best Animated Feature:

Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress:

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Visual Effects:

Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Film Editing:

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Production Design:

Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Drew Goddard, The Martian
Emma Donoghue, Room

Best Original Screenplay:

Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Pete Docter, Megg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, Inside Out
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton

Best Original Score:

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell, Carol
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Jóhann Jóhansson, Sicario
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Foreign Language Film:

Colombia: Embrace of the Serpent
France: Mustang
Hungary: Son of Saul
Jordan: Theeb
Denmark: A War

Best Director:

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actor:

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Picture:

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant