It’s The 2016 Oscars® Nominations!


The Oscar® nominations were announced this morning and the Academy of Film Arts & Sciences did their usual job of mixing brilliant choices and WTF ones. Most were easy to see coming – The Martian and The Revenant picking up multiple noms; Stars Wars: The Force Awakens getting only a couple of tech nods – but in a year with so many great movies, how is it that there are only eight nominations for Best Picture? That makes no sense at all – I could name a handful of movies that would be as good as, or better than the official selections.

In terms of numbers, The Revenant led with 12 nominations, with Mad Max: Fury Road grabbing ten.

So! The Academy has spoken. For the complete (with occasional commentary) follow the jump.

Chris Rock will host the the 88th Academy Awards, live on ABC, on Sunday, February 24th.

Best Picture

The Big Short

Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

Bridge of Spies

Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger


Producers: Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey

Mad Max: Fury Road

Producers: Doug Mitchell and George Miller

The Martian

Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam

The Revenant

Producers: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon


Producer: Ed Guiney


Producers: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust


Okay. So where are Ex Machina, Inside Out, Paddington, Straight Outta Compton or Love & Mercy?

The Academy’s reluctance to nominate an animated film for Best Picture makes no sense when Inside Out is a better film than, say Brooklyn (and says something that’s just as important as The Big Short, or Spotlight).

Ex Machina got some tech nods, but Alicia Vikander’s performance was much better – and more complex – than the one she gave in The Danish Girl and Ex Machina had something to say about what constitutes humanity.

And just how long has it been since a quality family film got a Best Picture nod? Paddington does something no other film did this year – it entertained families in a gentle, surprisingly sophisticated manner.

As for Love & Mercy – which only chronicled in juxtaposition, a genius’ descent into madness and ascension from it, or Straight Outta Compton – which gave the music of N.W.A. historical and musical context while dealing with the group members as individuals with hopes and dreams – why aren’t they worthy of one of the two slots that were left vacant?


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl


I have no problem with the first four nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but submit that Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Tom Courtenay (45 Years) were at least as deserving.


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed


Idris Elba or Benicio Del Toro instead of Tom Hardy – more complex performances in more important films. Sly deserves to be here – he might even deserve to win!


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn


Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander. The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs


Alicia Vikander should have been nominated for Ex Machina, otherwise, this is a pretty terric category.


Best Animated Feature Film


Producers: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

Boy and the World

Producer: Ale Abreu

Inside Out

Producers: Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Producers: Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

When Marnie Was There

Producers: Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura


Shaun the Sheep Movie made it! Huzzah!


Best Cinematography

Carol, Ed Lachman

The Hateful Eight, Robert Richardson

Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale

The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki

Sicario, Roger Deakins


Nothing wrong to see here. Move along.


Best Costume Design

Carol, Sandy Powell

Cinderella, Sandy Powell

The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado

Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan

The Revenant, Jacqueline West

Best Directing

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight


Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn and The Martian must have directed themselves. This category needs to expand to include the directors of every Best Picture nominee.


Best Documentary Feature


Producers: Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Cartel Land

Producers: Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

The Look of Silence

Producers: Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Producers: Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Producers: Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best Documentary Short

Body Team 12

Producers: David Darg and Bryn Mooser

Chau, Beyond the Lines

Producers: Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Producer: Adam Benzine

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Producer: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Last Day of Freedom

Producers: Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Best 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

Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia

Mustang, France

Son of Saul, Hungary

Theeb, Jordan

A War, Denmark

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

The Revenant, Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini


Only three nominations here? Definitely a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment.


Best Music – Original Song

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey

Music and lyrics by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction

Music by J. Ralph and lyrics by Antony Hegarty

“Simple Song #3” from Youth

Music and lyrics 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 lyrics by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith


The worst Bond theme of all time gets nominated? That’s just wrong!


Best Music – Original Score

Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman

Carol, Carter Burwell

The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone

Sicario, Johann Johannsson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies

Production design: Adam Stockhausen; set decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

The Danish Girl

Production design: Eve Stewart; set decoration: Michael Standish

Mad Max: Fury Road

Production design: Colin Gibson; set decoration: Lisa Thompson

The Martian

Production design: Arthur Max; set decoration: Celia Bobak

The Revenant

Production design: Jack Fisk; set decoration: Hamish Purdy


Sorry, The Danish girl, but Star Wars: The force Awakens should have been given your nom.


Best Short Film – Live Action

Ave Maria, Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

Day One, Henry Hughes

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), Patrick Vollrath

Shok, Jamie Donoughue

Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Best Short Film – Animated

Bear Story

Producers: Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala


Producers: Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

Sanjay’s Super Team

Producers: Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

Producer: Konstantin Bronzit

World of Tomorrow

Producer: Don Hertzfeldt

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White

The Martian, Oliver Tarney

The Revenant, Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

Sicario, Alan Robert Murray

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

The Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

The Martian, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

The Revenant, Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Brooklyn, screenplay by Nick Hornby

Carol, screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

The Martian, screenplay by Drew Goddard

Room, screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Best Writing – Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Ex Machina

Written by Alex Garland

Inside Out

Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen


Written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Straight Outta Compton

Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff


Funny thing – it seems we’ve swung back to another all-white-all-the-time year for acting nominations. That’s kinda deplorable.

But there you have it – the complete list of Oscar® nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards®.