The Envelope, Please: Your 2016 Academy Award Nominees Have Been Announced

“The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” lead the way.
The Envelope, Please: Your 2016 Academy Award Nominees Have Been Announced

“The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” lead the way.

Words: FLOOD Staff

January 14, 2016

With the Golden Globes comfortably out of the way, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this morning announced the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards, to be held on February 28 at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre.

The Revenant led all films with twelve nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Iñárritu), and Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio). Mad Max: Fury Road picked up ten nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director (George Miller). Those two films are joined in the Best Picture category by The Big ShortBridge of SpiesBrooklynThe MartianRoom, and Spotlight.

Miller and Iñárritu, who brought home the Best Director statuette last year for Birdman, will be competing against Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Adam McKay (The Big Short), and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight).

Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight is notably absent from both major categories, as is Pixar’s emotionally devastating Inside OutStar Wars: The Force Awakens managed to pick up five nominations, though with the exception of John Williams’ score (Williams’ fiftieth nomination), all come in technical categories.

Somewhat surprisingly, Todd Haynes‘ Carol was snubbed in both the Best Director and Best Picture categories. Cate Blanchett, as expected, earned her sixth Best Actress nomination for the title role. She’ll compete against Golden Globe winner Brie Larson (Room), four-time nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).

DiCaprio, who will be trying for the fifth time to win his first Best Actor award (you probably haven’t heard about that), is up against Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), who won the award last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

As The New York Times notes, there’s not a single person of color among the twenty acting nominees for the second year in a row, despite strong performances this year from Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Will Smith (Concussion), and Shameik Moore (Dope), among others.

The Academy also failed to nominate HBO’s Scientology exposé Going Clear, which totally won’t fuel any conspiracy theories. Aaron Sorkin, who won the Golden Globe for his Steve Jobs screenplay, was also shut out, though David Miscavige probably didn’t have anything to do with that.

You can see a selected list of nominees below. The full list is here. The Oscars, which will be hosted by Chris Rock, will air live on February 28 on ABC.

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian
The Revenant

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

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

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

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 Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina

Inside Out
Straight Outta Compton

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
The Martian

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

Best Song
“Earned It,” The Weeknd (Fifty Shades of Grey)
“Manta Ray,” J. Ralph and Antony (Racing Extinction)
“Simple Song #3,” David Lang (Youth)
“‘Til It Happens to You,” Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground)
“Writing’s on the Wall,” Sam Smith (Spectre)

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

Best Documentary Feature
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire