Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nominations revealed for the 88th annual Oscars

Well, we're finally here. Oscar nominations were announced this morning, so let's get to it. Here are your nominees for the 88th annual Academy Awards.

BEST PICTURE


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

BEST DIRECTOR

Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Adam McKay, The Big Short
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

Matt Charman and Joel and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauvre and Josh Cooley, Inside Out
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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

BEST ANIMATED FILM

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

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

A War
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb

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 FILM EDITING

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

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

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

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey
"Til It Happens to You" from The Hunting Ground
"Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction
"Writing's On the Wall" from Spectre
"Simple Song #3" from Youth

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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
Shok
Stutterer

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

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


In all honesty, nothing too crazy happened at the nominations today. Sure, there were a couple of huge snubs and the conversation on diversity has started up again, but there were no shocking omissions like The LEGO Movie missing out on a Best Animated Feature nomination last year. But still, there were a few things I noticed. Here are my thoughts and notes on today's Oscar nominations.

-No Best Director nomination for Ridley Scott

By far the biggest shock/surprise/snub of the day, The Martian director Ridley Scott failed to garner a Best Director nomination. I knew that the director branch would throw us a curveball in there somewhere, but I never expected Scott, the presumed favorite going into Oscar night, to be the one to miss the cut. Adam McKay, George Miller, Tom McCarthy and Alejandro Inarritu made the final five as expected, but the branch chose Room director Lenny Abrahamson over veteran favorite Scott. The Martian did well in many other categories- just not here. The biggest question to raise from this snub- can The Martian pull an Argo? For those who've forgotten, Ben Affleck's Argo was beginning to fade in the Best Picture rankings when Affleck failed to get a Director nomination from the Academy. Hollywood rallied around Affleck and the film, and Argo went on to win Best Picture. I'm not sure that I see a similar situation playing out here, but it's a question worth asking.

-The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road lead all nominees

I gotta say- writing out this year's Oscar nominees got pretty redundant. That's because The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road were nominated in seemingly every category, from Best Picture all the way down to Visual Effects. Leonardo DiCaprio's survival drama led all films with 12 nominations, while George Miller's return to the Wasteland received 10 nominations. It's going to be a close competition between both films for many of the awards, and they're both pretty heavily favored in the Best Picture race too. It was a great year for effects-driven spectacles.

-Creed, Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton mostly ignored- diversity problem?

Does the Academy have a diversity problem? I wasn't one of the people who brought up this issue when it became a talking point last year, but as recent years have shown, this might be an epidemic in Hollywood. This year, great films like Creed, Straight Outta Compton and Beasts of No Nation were shunned almost completely (Creed and Compton each had one nominee). Not that I expected anything else to happen, but this is indeed the second year in a row where not a single African-American actor was nominated. I plan on writing an article on this problem later in the week and evaluating some of the opinions that are flying around on this topic right now.

-Sorkin and Tarantino miss the cut

Two Academy favorites didn't have enough to receive a nomination on Thursday, as both Aaron Sorkin and Quentin Tarantino found themselves on the outside looking in. Sorkin missed the Adapted Screenplay cut for his Steve Jobs script, which won at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Adapted was always going to be a tough race, and the writers decided to go with Emma Donoghue's Room screenplay over Sorkin. As for Tarantino, the controversial writer/director's The Hateful Eight couldn't top Ex Machina and Straight Outta Compton, as both films overthrew his bloody western and received an Original Screenplay nomination. Definitely disappointing to see two of the year's best screenplays go unnoticed.

-Lots of love for Room

Room seemed to be falling apart in the Best Picture race, especially after it lost out on nominations at all of the guilds. But somehow, Lenny Abrahamson's claustrophobic drama surged big-time at the Oscars, gaining nominations for star Brie Larson, Emma Donoghue's screenplay, Lenny Abrahamson's directing, and for Best Picture of the year. I don't see Room winning for anything but Larson's performance, but this is a terrific showing from indie distributor A24.

-"See You Again" snubbed

Not something that I'm really upset about, but it's definitely an interesting note. "See You Again," Furious 7's farewell to Paul Walker was snubbed by the Academy in favor of a song about Manta Rays. Add this to the list of straight-up random nominees.

-Carol, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Straight Outta Compton miss the Best Picture race

The Best Picture race wasn't entirely unpredictable. I figured that one of the films I had predicted would miss the cut, and unfortunately, that film was Carol. Todd Haynes did such a magnificent job with that film and despite the love that it received elsewhere (6 nominations), the film couldn't snag the big one. Ultimately, that went to Room (which I discussed earlier) as the number of nominees was capped at 8 once again. Star Wars became the first film to become the highest-grossing film in America and miss the Best Picture cut in well over 40 years, and unfortunately, F. Gary Gray's biopic Straight Outta Compton only received one nomination. I'm sad for these three great films, but not altogether shocked.

This wasn't all that surprising of a set of nominees. But now, the real fun begins. Keep tuning in over the next month for more Oscar coverage.

Image Credits: Variety

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