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Jan 15, 2016

2016 Oscars Nominations and My Reaction


The nominations for the 88th Annual  Academy Awards were announced in the grand greatly pleasing and even more depressing manner as they always are. THE REVENANT leads the pack with 12 nominations. At exactly half of that, CAROL is the most nominated film without a best picture nomination. Yes indeed my biggest fear of this snub came true. That might have been because there were only 8 nominations this year. Apart from the above two we have Room, Brooklyn (yaas), The Big Short, The Martian, Spotlight and Mad Max: Fury Road, which conquered as the film with nominations in all technical categories. All hail the genius of Miller and his team. The biggest snub in the director category was Ridley Scott, nominated instead of him is Lenny Abrahamson. Quite a shocker.

In the acting categories, the leads went as you and I expected. Indeed Charlotte Rampling was nominated. In the supporting category, Tom Hardy made in instead of Elba/Dano/Tremblay which now seems obvious considering the massive support for the film across the board. On the other hand, Rachel McAdams is now an Oscar nominee due to her lovely turn in Spotlight. She got in instead of Mirren/Fonda. Screenplay categories had some surprises as well. Straight Outta Compton nominated instead of The Hateful Eight. No Steve Jobs in adapted screenplay, which I expected initially but gave up after the Globes win. Foreign Language category has films from Colombia, Jordan, Hungry, France and Denmark. Documentary Branch went with Winter on Fire and What Happened Miss Simone? apart from the 3 obvious picks.

Animated category saw some joyful inclusions yet again. Boy and the World + Studio Ghibli's beautiful drama When Marine Was There over Peanuts Movie and Good Dinosaur. World of Tomorrow is nominated in animation short, a masterpiece. Editing has The Martian snub for Star Wars. Cinematography indeed includes The Hateful Eight which I was talked out of by the Internet. Star Wars, Carol or Cinderella aren't nominated for art direction. Brooklyn isn't nominated for Costume design but... The Revenant is? Makeup category has expected picks too. Basically Fury Road vs The Revenant in tech categories. Ex Machina and The Revenant showed up in visual effects too.

Original score has two bland picks, no Fury Road. Original Song has the hated Spectre song, no hit Furious 7 song, the other hit Fifty Shades of Grey song, Lady Gaga, Youth and a song or movie I have never heard before. Sound categories went as expected with Sicario and Bridge of Spies alternating one spot in each to Star Wars, The Martian, The Revenant and Fury Road. So there you have it.

It is sad to see Carol nominated for so much yet not director and picture. Todd Haynes will have to make mediocre films I guess to be qualified here? Great to see Brooklyn acknowledged. The crazy, immensely cinematic vision of Fury Road celebrated. I mean who would have thought? I have differences with The Revenant but Chivo is here. Spielberg made his best film in years. Star Wars got some nods. Sicario did too. Charlotte Rampling (yaas). Room is a sad and well told story. Spotlight is a great film with an ace ensemble. The Martian is Scott doing a big sci-fi film with humor and Damon giving his best performance. The Big Short is still a mystery to me. How? No its far from a bad film but how did it come so far? And finally on a bitter note, category fraud is alive and well. Mara and Vikander aren't supposed to be in supporting. February 28th is Oscars time and I can't wait for March.

Nominations below:

Best Picture:
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Director:
Lenny Abrahamson (Room)
Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
Adam McKay (The Big Short)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

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)

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Brie Larson (Room)
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

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)

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)

Best Original Screenplay:
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus (Straight Outta Compton)
Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (Bridge of Spies)
Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen, Pete Docter and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out)
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Drew Goddard (The Martian)
Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (The Big Short)
Phyllis Nagy (Carol)

Best Foreign Language Film:
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Theeb (Jordan)
A War (Denmark)

Best Animated Feature:
The Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best Documentary Feature:
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire

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

Best Cinematography:
Roger Deakins (Sicario)
Edward Lachman (Carol)
Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant)
Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight)
John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Production Design:
Celia Bobak and Arthur Max (The Martian)
Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich and Adam Stockhausen (Bridge of Spies)
Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy (The Revenant)
Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Michael Standish and Eve Stewart (The Danish Girl)

Best Costume Design:
Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Paco Delgado (The Danish Girl)
Sandy Powell (Carol)
Sandy Powell (Cinderella)
Jacqueline West (The Revenant)

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

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

Best Original Score:
Carter Burwell (Carol)
Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario)
Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)
Thomas Newman (Bridge of Spies)
John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Best Original Song:
"Earned It" (Fifty Shades of Grey)
"Til It Happens to You" (The Hunting Ground)
"Manta Ray" (Racing Extinction)
"Simple Song #3" (Youth)
"Writing’s on the Wall" (Spectre)

Best Sound Mixing:
The Revenant
Mad Max: Fury Road
Bridge of Spies
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Editing:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Revenant
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

Best Short Film - Live Action:
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay

Best Short Film - Animated:
Bear Story
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Best Documentary Short:
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