Jan 152016
 

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Overnight the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced, and as usual we were up after the stroke of midnight to catch them as they were broadcast live. There has been a lot of discussion about this year’s leading contenders and we felt that the field would be spread quite deep – no stand-out sweeping many different categories, they will be shared around – and as a result it has been a lot harder to predict. While Spotlight went in the wobbly favourite for Best Picture, contenders in the shape of The Big Short and The Revenant have been building momentum. The number of Best Picture nominees has also been a hotly debated topic, with many pundits claiming that the number would not surpass eight. Would there be a surprise – could Pixar’s Inside Out, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, or box office giant Straight Outta Compton sneak in? Would Sylvester Stallone follow up his Golden Globe with his second nomination for his portrait of Rocky Balboa. There are always stories around the Oscars, and while they may be dipping into a shallow pool of films, some amazing films have been recognised this year.

Well, leading all nominees with a whopping 12 was Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant. Now we predicted it would score at least 8, but when it picked up the uncertain Best Costume Design and Supporting Actor, we knew it was set to hit over 10. George Miller’s Mad Max Fury Road received 10 nominations, on par with our predictions, cleaning up the technical categories (although unfathomably missing out on an Original Score nomination). The rest of the field of nominees is spread right out with a host of films landing between 3 and 7 nominations. Joining The Revenant and Fury Road in the Best Picture field were The Martian (7), Spotlight (6), Bridge of Spies (6), The Big Short (5), Room (4) and Brooklyn (3). On the outside with multiple noms were Carol (6), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (5), The Danish Girl (4), The Hateful Eight (3), Sicario (3) and Ex Machina (2).

Check out the full list of nominees by category after the jump:

Like every year there are surprising inclusions and exclusions, so rather than analyse every category here are six significant surprises we did not anticipate:

Room receiving a Best Picture and Best Director-Lenny Abrahamson nomination, with Carol and Ridley Scott (The Martian) seeming to miss out respectively. The film has some adoring fans, and rave reviews, but it seemed to lack momentum save for Brie Larson’s performance.

Carol landing six nominations, including Best Actress, Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography, but not a Best Picture one. Seems unfair, but it didn’t land on #1 on enough ballots.

As mentioned above, Tom Hardy landing a Best Supporting Actor nomination in a crowded field. Idris Elba was hotly tipped to score one, but I guess starring in two films that combines for 22 nominations helps. And he’s fantastic in The Revenant.

No Screenplay nominations for Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs), who won the Golden Globe in a combined Screenplay field, or Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight). The latter lost out to Alex Garland (Ex Machina) and Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) who we predicted would nab one spot between them. The Adapted category was tough, and with the Academy loving Room and Brooklyn enough to grant them both a Best Picture nomination something had to fall.

The inclusion of When Marnie Was There and Boy and the Wild in the Animated Feature category, ahead of Minions, The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur. The other three nominees had to be there, but it was great to see some foreign recognition.

The Star Wars: Force Awakens receiving a Best Editing nomination, which caused everyone following to expect to see it amongst the Best Picture field. It didn’t get there and we all breathed a sigh of relief.
Best Picture

‘The Big Short’

‘Bridge of Spies’

‘Brooklyn’

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

‘The Martian’

‘The Revenant’

‘Room’

‘Spotlight’

 

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston – ‘Trumbo

Matt Damon – ‘The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘The Revenant’

Michael Fassbender – ‘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 Director

Adam Mckay – ‘The Big Shiort’

George Miller – ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Alejandro G Inarritu – ‘The Revenant’

Lenny Abrahamson – ‘Room’

Tom McCarthy – ‘Spotlight’

 

Best Foreign Language Film

‘Embrace of the Serpant’

‘Mustang’

‘Son of Saul’

‘Theeb’

‘A War’

 

Best Original Score

‘Bridge of Spies’

‘Carol’

‘The Hateful Eight’

‘Sicario’

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

 

Best Original Screenplay

‘Bridge of Spies’

‘Ex Machina’

‘Inside Out’

‘Spotlight’

‘Straight Outta Compton’

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

‘The Big Short’

‘Brooklyn’

‘Carol’

‘The Martian’

‘Room’

 

Best Production Design

‘Bridge of Spies’

‘The Danish Girl’

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

‘The Martian’

‘The Revenant’

 

Best Film Editing

‘The Big Short’

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

‘The Revenant’

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

‘Spotlight’

 

Best Visual Effects

‘Ex Machina’

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

‘The Martian’

‘The Revenant’

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

 

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 Supporting Actor

Christian Bale – ‘The Big Short’

Tom Hardy – ‘The Revenant’

Mark Ruffalo – ‘Spotlight’

Mark Rylance – ‘Bridge of Spies’

Sylvester Stallone – ‘Creed’

 

Best Animated Feature Film

‘Anomalisa’

‘Inside Out’

‘Shaun the Sheep’

‘Boy and the Wild’

‘When Marnie Was There’

 

Best Animated Short Film

‘Bear Story’

‘Prologue’

‘Sanjay’s Superteam’

‘We Can’t Live Without Cosmos’

‘World of Tomorrow’

 

Best Live Action Short Film

‘Ava Maria’

‘Day One’

‘Everything Will Be Okay’

‘Shok’

‘Stutterer’

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

‘The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Diasappeared’

‘The Revenant’

 

Best Documentary – short subject

‘Body Team 12’

‘Chau Beyond the Lines’

‘Claude Lanzmann’

‘A Girl in the River’

‘Last Day of Freedom’

 

Best Sound Mixing

‘Bridge of Spies’

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

‘The Martian’

‘The Revenant’

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

 

Best Sound Editing

‘Mad Max : Fury Road’

‘The Martian’

‘The Revenant’

‘Sicario’

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

 

Best Costume Design

‘Carol’

‘Cinderella’

‘The Danish Girl’

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

‘The Revenant’

 

Best Documentary – feature

‘Amy’

‘Cartel Land’

‘The Look of Silence’

‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’

‘Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom’

 

Best Original Song

‘Earned It – 50 Shades of ‘Grey’

‘Til It Happens To You – ‘The Hunting Ground’

‘Writings On The Wall – ‘Spectre’

‘Manta Ray’ – ‘Racing Extinction’

‘Simple Song 3’ – ‘Youth’

 

Best Cinematography

‘Carol’

‘The Hateful Eight’

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

‘The Revenant’

‘Sicario’

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