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2016 Oscar Nominations Announced


The 2016 Oscar nominations (88th Academy Awards) have been announced.

The 88th Academy Awards, what most people just call “The Oscars”, will take place next month, February 26 and it will be Chris Rock’s second time as host, with his first one being in 2005.

The Revenant leads the way with 12 nominations, followed by 10 for Mad Max: Fury Road and 7 for The Martian.

Without further ado, here’s the list of nominees along with a first reaction for the main categories.

Best Picture
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Mad Max: Fury Road



The Big Short

The Martian

The Revenant

Reaction: The Academy can nominate as many as 10 films in the Best Picture category. There’s 8. Where’s Carol?


Actor in a leading role



Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Reaction: Nothing too surprising here. I thought Will Smith would have got a nod. There’s some good competition there for Leonardo DiCaprio, but this has to be his year to win his very first Oscar.


Actor in a supporting role

supportingactorChristian Bale, “The Big Short”

Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”


Reaction: Talk about almost a complete 360 in this category compared to the Golden Globes nominations. The only duplicate is Sylvester Stallone.


Actress in a leading role


Brie Larson, “Room”

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”


Reaction: No surprises. Maybe Charlize Theron should’ve got a nod for her part in Mad Max: Fury Road, but that might be stretching it. This is Brie Larson’s Oscar to lose here, anyway.


Actress in a supporting role


Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”


Reaction: Nice to see Rachel McAdams on this list. Omissions from the Golden Globes are Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda.


Animated feature film



Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep

When Marnie was There

Reaction: It’s fantastic to see Anomalisa here. Anomalisa was funded, for the most part, from a Kickstarter! But Inside Out is the true winner here.




George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Adam McKay, “The Big Short”



Reaction: Damn, no Ridley Scott for The Martian? Other than that, this should go to Alejandro G. Iñárritu.



Ed Lachman, “Carol”

John Seale, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Roger Deakins, “Sicario”

Robert Richardson, “The Hateful Eight”

Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Revenant”


Costume Design

Sandy Powell, “Carol”

Sandy Powell, “Cinderella”

Jenny Beavan, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Paco Delgado, “The Danish Girl”

Jacqueline West, “The Revenant”


Documentary Feature

Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees, “Amy”

Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin, “Cartel Land”

Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen, “The Look of Silence”

Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes, “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor, “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”


Documentary Short

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”

David Darg and Bryn Mooser, “Body Team 12”

Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck, “Chau, Beyond the Lines”

Adam Benzine, “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah”

Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, “Last Day of Freedom”


Film Editing

Margaret Sixel, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Tom McArdle, “”Spotlight”

Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Hank Corwin, “The Big Short”

Stephen Mirrione, “The Revenant”


Foreign Language Film

A War

Embrace of the Serpent


Son of Saul



Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road

The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window And…

The Revenant


Music (Original Song)

Earned It, “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Manta Ray, “Racing Extinction”

Simple Song #3, “Youth”

Til it Happens to You, “The Hunting Ground”

Writing’s on the Wall, “Spectre”


Music (Original Score)

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Hateful Eight


Production Design

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Danish Girl

The Martian

The Revenant


Short Film (Animated)

Bear Story


Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow


Short Film (Live Action)

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okat (Alles Wird Gut)




Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Martian

The Revenant


Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Martian

The Revenant


Visual Effects

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Martian

The Revenant


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)




The Big Short

The Martian


Writing (Original Screenplay)

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out


Straight Outta Compton

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