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88th Academy Awards announces award nominees

by Sarah Sullivan

Culture Editor

 

The 88th Academy Awards, this year’s most star-studded, glamorous award show, announced its nominations on Jan. 14 during a ceremony at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Over 6000 voting members chose the nominees from hundreds of eligible films.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant leads the pack with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor, Tom Hardy for Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director. Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian both received recognition, with ten and seven nominations, respectively.

Although the 88th Academy Awards are largely dominated by big-name movies, many smaller films have made the cut for the nominations. Critics have praised Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight and John Crowley’s Brooklyn; both are predicted to win big at this year’s award show.

Only white actors have been honored in this year’s nominations, which has generated widespread criticism towards the Academy. This is also the second Oscar nominee “whiteout” in a row. Although the Academy did recognize several movies about black lives, such as Straight Outta Compton and Creed, the films’ black actors and directors were not nominated. However, the white writers from Straight Outta Compton and Sylvester Stallone in Creed received nominations. While the Academy did honor African American filmmaker Spike Lee with the Academy Honorary Award in November, this recognition is still disproportionate.

Despite the controversy, the 88th Academy Awards are worth tuning in to for a glimpse into Hollywood’s glamour and glitz. They will premiere on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Actor Chris Rock will host the show for the second time, and the Oscars can be viewed on ABC at 5:30 P.M.

And the nominees are:

Best Picture:

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

 

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

 

Best Actor:

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

 

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 Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

 

Directing:

Adam McKay – The Big Short

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson – Room

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

 

Animated Feature Film:

Anomalisa

Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

 

Costume Design:

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

 

Documentary Feature:

Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire

 

Documentary Short:

Body Team

Chau, Beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Last Day of Freedom

 

Makeup and Hair Styling:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

 

Original Song:

“Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey

“Manta Ray” – Racing Extinction

“Simple Song #3” – Youth

“Til It Happens to You” – The Hunting Ground

“Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre

 

Animated Short:

Bear Story

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

 

Sound Editing:

Mad Max: Fury Road

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Martian

The Revenant

 

Film Editing:

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Foreign Language Film:

Embrace of the Serpent

Mustang

Son of Saul

Theeb

A War

 

Original Score:

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

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

 

Best Cinematography:

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Sicario

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