88th Academy Awards Nominations

Unlike years past, where a very noticeable trend can be seen throughout the ceremonies leading up to the biggest cinematic awards of the year, this year continues to prove how strong 2015’s year of film was as well as how unpredictable the 88th Academy Awards could be.

Leading the pack with a stunning 12 nominations is Alejandro Iñárritu’s harrowing tale of survival and revenge, The Revenant, which has not only injected itself into just about every technical award, but also earned nominations for its director and two leading men. With Leonardo DiCaprio hoping to finally triumph at the Oscars in the Leading Actor category, the Academy has honoured Tom Hardy for his great performance in the Supporting Actor category. However, he will have to beat fellow nominees Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) and favourite, Sylvester Stallone (Creed).

Following with 10 and 7 nominations each are the high octane thrill ride that is so much more, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Though Scott doesn’t see a director’s nomination for his work, The Martian has garnered an adapted screenplay nomination for scribe Drew Goddard and an acting one for Matt Damon. Mad Max’s director George Miller faces some big competition for the Best Director Oscar, and is also nominated for editing, make up and hairstyling, and production design among the other technical awards it was expected to be up for.

There are quite a few surprises this year, with the relatively unrecognized Bridge of Spies gaining a Best Film nod as well as nominations for music and Best Supporting Actor for Mark Rylance. The film also garners its venerable director/producer Steven Spielberg with his 17th Oscar nomination for either job. Brooklyn sees more nominations than expected outside Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling surprises with a Leading Actress nomination for her work in 45 Years, while Straight Outta Compton and Inside Out storm the Original Screenplay category with nods over expected nominee, Quentin Tarantino.

Though there seem to be few snubs this year, no nominations list is free from the sting of those who we were hoping to be recognized. The passing over of Carol for a Best Picture nomination is surprising, especially with the Academy nominating it for Adapted Screenplay as well as its two leading ladies, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett. The equal omission of Idris Elba in the Supporting Actor category for his work in Beast of No Nation is another oversight that begs the question as to why, especially with his performance being much more charged and interesting than Stallone’s in Creed.

The Oscars are still more than a month away, and there are quite a few awards to be handed out between now and then amongst several different bodies with very different nomination lists. It will be interesting to see how much, if at all, the predictability of the Oscars will become as we draw closer to February. Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Picture Nominees

Best Picture
The Big Short – Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
Brooklyn – Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
Mad Max: Fury Road – Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers
The Martian – Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers
The Revenant – Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers
Room – Ed Guiney, Producer
Spotlight – Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best director
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max
Alejandro Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best documentary feature
Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best documentary short subject
“Body Team 12” David Darg and Bryn Mooser
“Chau, beyond the Lines” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” Adam Benzine
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“Last Day of Freedom” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

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

Achievement in film editing
The Big Short, Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight, Tom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best foreign language film of the year
Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia
Mustang, France
Son of Saul, Hungary
Theeb, Jordan
A War, Denmark

Best Costume Design
Carol, Sandy Powell
Cinderella, Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl, Paco Delago
Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan
The Revenant, Jacqueline West

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
Carol, Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song #3” from Youth
Music and Lyric by David Lang
“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Achievement in production design
Bridge of Spies, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
The Danish Girl, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
The Martian, Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
The Revenant, Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Best animated short film
“Bear Story” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
“Prologue” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
“Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
“We Can’t Live without Cosmos” Konstantin Bronzit
“World of Tomorrow” Don Hertzfeldt

Best live action short film
“Ave Maria” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
“Day One” Henry Hughes
“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)” Patrick Vollrath
“Shok” Jamie Donoughue
“Stutterer” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Achievement in sound editing
Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White
The Martian, Oliver Tarney
The Revenant, Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
Sicario, Alan Robert Murray
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord

Achievement in sound mixing
Bridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
The Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in visual effects
Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
The Martian, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
The Revenant, Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

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

Original screenplay
Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Ex Machina, Written by Alex Garland
Inside Out, Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Host Chris Rock will present the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28th.

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