88th Annual Academy Awards Nominations

Early this morning, the Academy Awards nominations were announced and two films came out looking really, really well. The Revenant received 12 nominations and Mad Max: Fury Road received 10 nominations. This is fantastic for both films, but especially for The Revenant, as I believe after today’s results, it is inching closer to frontrunner status. There were 8 films nominated for Best Picture:  The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight. That is fantastic for all of these films, but where were two of the best reviewed films of the year Carol and Straight Outta Compton? That was the big shocker to me. I cannot believe they overlooked these two gems and two film with such cultural and social relevance to them. Kind of terrible on the Academy’s part, but no reason to frown upon the films that were nominated as all were deserving.

The directing race, as usual, did not mirror the DGA nominations with Adam McKay, George Miller, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Tom McCarthy and Lenny Abrahamson (wow) receiving the five nominations. The even bigger shock was no nomination for the veteran Ridley Scott. This, on a personal level, is not that big of a shock to me as I never thought the film deserved all of the Oscar attention and awards hype it has been receiving. It is a very good film, but not an Oscar film. Having said all that, I did think Scott would get in and was really pulling for Todd Haynes, but that fell through as well. Haynes should be in the final five, but good for Abrahamson. That was quite a surprise.

In the acting fields, the surprises were more about who was left out and the fact that there were not any non-white actors nominated. This is the second year in a row this has occurred and I cannot understand why Idris Elba did not receive a Best Supporting Actor nod for is brilliant, menacing turn in Beasts of No Nation (a film that will easily be in my top ten of 2015). How does that happen? Alicia Vikander ended up staying in the Best Supporting Actress category for her turn in The Danish Girl, so no double nomination. The only other surprise was Tom Hardy getting a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role in The Revenant. I knew the film would receive a lot of love, but did not expect it to lead the pack and really did not see Hardy receiving a nomination, but good for him. He is quite excellent in the film.

Other film receiving multiple nominations: The Martian (7); Carol (6, but no best picture or director!!!); Bridge of Spies (6); Spotlight (6); The Big Short (5); and Room (4).

I am fine with most of these nominations, but the two snubs that really irritate me is no Best Picture and Best Director nomination for Carol, a film about a physical, emotional. loving romantic relationship between two women, directed by a gay man who is one of the finest directors in the world; and the fact that Idris Elba, who not only gives one of the best performances in his film, but of the entire year, and deals with the horrifying subject of child soldiers in war torn Africa, did not receive a Best Supporting Actor nomination. These were so obvious to me and I just want to know why they did not make it? The Academy missed it big time by not nominating these films in the these categories, much less others.

We live in a world that is constantly changing and evolving, and the Academy needs to not just support the easy, safe, comforting types of films they have always loved, but the films of the times. The relevant, important movies that my generation, and younger ones, have expereienced and witnessed. The films that speak to each year and immersive history and culture. That is just the facts. They do for the most part, and yes, they are not always going to make everyone happy, but some omissions are just to obsessive and ridiculous. It is still not to say that a lot of really amazing, quality films received great news today and I am thankful for that…at least. There is always going to be someone on the outside. If there were a guaranteed ten nominations, we would be complaining about number eleven or twelve or thirteen. That is just the way it is, but issues need to be at least bought up for discussion. It is a no win situation in these oversensitive, complain about everything that offends me times we live in.

Well, there is my little rant, and all-in-all, I am over the moon that The Revenant leads the nominations, and George Miller received a Best Director nomination. I am 80% satisfied with the nominations, but those omissions are bad. I do not want this to be a didactic observation and really enjoyed most of the nominations, but those few absences are loud and unsettling. The Academy does not define the year though, and it is still fun and extremely exhausting predicting and just getting to the nominations. I love it, love the process, and love seeing all of the different critics and guilds pick their films of the year. It has been a fantastic year in film and in about a month and a half, we will find out the results of the big daddy of all film awards. So much analysis on what we have in front us, and what was left behind.

Here is a complete list of all the 2016 Academy Award nominations. Enjoy!!! And yes… Go The Revenant!!!!!

Best motion picture of the year

  • “The Big Short” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
  • “Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
  • “Brooklyn” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers
  • “The Martian” Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers
  • “The Revenant” Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers
  • “Room” Ed Guiney, Producer
  • “Spotlight” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

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

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”

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

Original screenplay

  • “Bridge of Spies” Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & 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
  • “Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
  • “Straight Outta Compton” Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Carol” Ed Lachman
  • “The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale
  • “The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki
  • “Sicario” Roger Deakins

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

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

Best foreign language film of the year

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

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

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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in costume design

  • “Carol” Sandy Powell
  • “Cinderella” Sandy Powell
  • “The Danish Girl” Paco Delgado
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Revenant” Jacqueline West

Achievement in 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

Achievement in 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. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in 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

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 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

Best animated short film

  • “Bear Story” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
  • “Prologue” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
  • “Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
  • “We Can’t Live without Cosmos” Konstantin Bronzit
  • “World of Tomorrow” Don Hertzfeldt

Best live action short film

  • “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

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

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