FULL LIST: Nominees, Oscars 2016


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FULL LIST: Nominees, Oscars 2016
Cate, Leo, Matt, J-Law, and more are Oscar nominees this year

MANILA, Philippines – The 2016 Oscars are coming up and the list of nominees is in.

On Thursday, January 14, actor John Krasinski, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee announced the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards.

The Oscars will be held on February 28 in Hollywood, California.

Here’s the list of nominees. 

Best Motion Picture of the Year

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

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Bryan Cranston in Trumbo
  • Matt Damon in The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

Performance by an actress in a leading role

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


Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Christian Bale in The Big Short
  • Tom Hardy in The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone in Creed

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara in Carol
  • Rachel McAdams in Spotlight
  • Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs

Achievement in directing

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

Best documentary feature

  • Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
  • Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
  • The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor 

Best documentary short subject

  • Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser
  • Chau, beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
  • Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine
  • A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Achievement in film editing

  • The Big Short, Hank Corwin
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
  • The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
  • Spotlight, Tom McArdle
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey 

Best foreign language film of the year

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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
  • Carol, Carter Burwell
  • The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
  • Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

Production Design

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

Visual Effects

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


Adapted Screenplay

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • The Martian
  • Room

Original Screenplay

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
  • The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini 

Best animated feature film of the year

  • Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
  • Boy and the World, Alê Abreu
  • Inside Out, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie, Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
  • When Marnie Was There, Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura


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

Costume Design

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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey, 
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
  • “Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction”, Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
  • “Simple Song #3” from Youth, Music and Lyric by David Lang
  • “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground, 
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
  • “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre, Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Short Film (Animated)

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

Short Film (Live Action Short)

  • Ave maria
  • Day One
  • Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
  • Shok
  • Stutterer 

Sound Editing

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

Sound Mixing

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

The Revenant, a harrowing survival thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a 19th century fur trapper, topped the Oscars nominations list Thursday with 12 nods, including for best picture, actor and director.

In second place was dystopian action film Mad Max: Fury Road, with 10 nominations, followed by space blockbuster The Martian, about an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, with 7.

The nominations, announced at a pre-dawn ceremony in Beverly Hills organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sent Hollywood’s annual awards season into high gear.

The race is now on for the coveted Oscars, to be handed out on February 28 at a star-studded ceremony hosted by comedian Chris Rock.

For the second year in a row, no minorities were nominated in the acting categories, which prompted the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite – which first cropped up last year to criticize the lack of diversity – to trend on Twitter.

The Revenant was directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who also helmed last year’s big Oscars winner Birdman, which earned four golden statuettes including for best picture and director.

“We gave it our all on this film and this appreciation from the Academy means a lot to me and my colleagues who made it possible,” Inarritu said in a statement following the nominations.

“Champagne and Mezcal will run tonight!”

Should the Mexican director win next month, he will be joining just two other directors – Joseph Mankiewicz and John Ford – who won the award for two consecutive years.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs described The Revenant as a “cinematic masterpiece” in comments to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“It takes you back in time to a space where we had no idea what were the challenges of these people – the trappers,” she said.

Beyond the top three films on the nominations list, the other contenders for best picture are The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Room and Spotlight.

Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, lesbian romance Carol and Spotlight – about journalists from The Boston Globe who uncovered sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, each earned 6 nominations.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest installment in the space saga that has been setting box office records, was nominated for five Oscars, but missed the cut in the top categories including for best picture.

Leo’s year?

DiCaprio, who earned his fifth Oscar acting nod for his portrayal of frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant, is widely seen as the favorite to take home his first Academy Award.

His competitors in the best actor category include Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Matt Damon for The Martian, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl.

For best actress, Carol star Cate Blanchett and Room star Brie Larson, who portrayed a kidnapped mother living in captivity with her son, are seen as the favorites in a category that also includes veteran British actress Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).

Sylvester Stallone – widely seen as a sentimental favorite – received a nod for best supporting actor for Creed, in which he reprised his iconic role of boxer Rocky Balboa.

The 69-year-old Stallone will be vying against Tom Hardy, nominated for The Revenant, Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight, Christian Bale for The Big Short and Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies.

“It’s great that this character that has carried me along all these years is getting respect,” Stallone told Variety magazine.

‘Zero actors of color’

Many on Twitter predicted that Rock, who is black, would have a “field day” at the Awards ceremony joking about the diversity issue, and some vowed to boycott the event.

“Hollywood sure loves sequels: for the second year in a row, zero actors of color get Oscar nominations,” blared a headline on the website of ThinkProgress, a progressive advocacy organization.

But Tim Gray, the awards editor for industry magazine Variety, said studios were more to blame for the lack of diversity than those who pick the nominees.

“The Academy people don’t vote by race or gender, but it’s the studios that need to fix this by better reflecting the population,” Gray told AFP.

Some 6,000 members of the Academy vote to choose the nominees, most often within their branch of the industry. All members vote to choose the Oscar winners.

As every year, there were some notable snubs – and surprises.

The Martian director Ridley Scott was overlooked, as was Carol director Todd Haynes. But Lenny Abrahamson did get a nomination for best director for Room.

Among the foreign films nominated were Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul, Jordan’s Theeb, Colombia’s Embrace of the Serpent and Mustang, a French production about five Turkish sisters living in subjugation.

“You have given our film the strongest of spotlights on a subject matter so crucial for many women across the world today,” Deniz Gamze Erguven, the Franco-Turkish director of Mustang, told AFP. – Jocelyn Zablit, AFP/Rappler.com

Cate Blanchett stock photo from Shutterstock

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