News | 2016 Oscar Nominations Revealed

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Alan Rickman, who was never nominated for an Oscar, has completely overshadowed the announcement of the Oscar nominations today – and we like to think that would have amused him, as it certainly provided us with a smile on an otherwise dark day.

That’s right – Award season moved into the homestretch during a special two-part news conference, which took place in Beverly Hills on Thursday morning. Academy Award President Cheryl Boone Issacs, directors Guillermo Del Toro and Ang Lee, and actor John Krasinski were responsible for revealing the nominated candidates ahead of the 88th annual Academy Awards but were there any surprises?

This season’s biggest comeback features Sylvester Stallone, scoring his first Oscars nomination since 1977, earning a ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his role as the “Italian Stallion” in Creed – an announcement that was greeted by an excited round of applause from the crowd.

Gruelling historical epic The Revenant leads the race with 12 nominations including ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’, and a nod for Leonardo DiCaprio as ‘Best Actor’. The 41-year old is a strong favourite to win, as he has previously been nominated for FIVE Academy Awards but hasn’t made it up to the podium to deliver his acceptance speech; could this finally be his year?

Mad Max: Fury Road follows hot on its heels with a considerable 10 nominations, whilst Star Wars: The Force Awakens managed to score 5 but how many golden statuettes will these films bag on the night?

Read on for a full list of the 2016 Academy Award nominations…

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Best Picture

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

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 Actor

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

Best Actress

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

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

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Best Original Screenplay

Matt Charman and Coen Bros., Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Josh Cooley, Peter Docter, and Megan LeFauve, Inside Out
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton

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 Animated Feature

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

Best Original Song

“Earned It”, Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray”, Racing Extinction
“Simple Song No. 3”, Youth
“Til It Happens To You”, The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s on the Wall”, Spectre

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Best Original Score

Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Best Cinematography

Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

Best Costume Design

Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Sound Editing

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

Best Sound Mixing

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

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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
Shok
Stutterer

Best Animated Short

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

Best Visual Effects

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

Best Film Editing

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

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Best Production Design

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

Best Documentary Short

Buddy Team 12
Spectres of the Shoah
A Girl in the River
Last Day of Freedom

Best Documentary Feature

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

Best Foreign Language Film

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

And… that’s a wrap!

The 88th Academy Award nominations have faced some criticism, as the Oscar nominee’s slate is lacking diversity for the second year running. Movies fans were quick to notice that only white actors have been nominated in the leading categories, causing #OscarsSoWhite to gain momentum and trend on Twitter once more.

Actors Will Smith and Idris Elba, who were nominated for Golden Globes, are amongst those that have been ‘snubbed’, along with the cast members from Straight Outta Compton and Samuel L. Jackson of the Hateful Eight.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday 28th February at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood & Highland Centre. The A-list event will be broadcast live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide – so book your seat on the sofa, grab some popcorn and watch the event unfold…

Do you agree with the selected nominees within their chosen categories? Are there any 2015 film releases that you feel are missing from the list?

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5 thoughts on “News | 2016 Oscar Nominations Revealed

    • The Academy Awards are becoming renowned for sparking controversy. I’m with you Hitch, it still shocks me that he never won ‘Best Director’, despite being one of the best Directors of his time and even now 36 years after his death. He was awarded the ‘Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award’ but I think that his five-word acceptance speech speaks volumes!

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