The Academy Award Nominations are……

The 88th Academy Award nominations were announced today (Thursday) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills,California. So were there any surprises? Any films or crew that you think should have been nominated but werent or any films or filmmakers who are in the list that you feel shouldnt be in there. In such a good year for film (well every year is a good year for film, sometimes you just have to look a little deeper to find the gold) there are always going to be some left out. But for now, lets get going and take a look at who has been nominated for the 88th Academy Awards. As I do with these type of articles. The ones I think will win have been highlighted in red.


Best Picture


The Big Short


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant



Bridge Of Spies

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 Actor in a Supporting Role

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

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

Best Animated Feature Film

Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shawn the Sheep Movie
When Marley Was There

Best Cinematography

The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Costume Design

The Danish Girl
Mad Max
The Revenant

Best Directing

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max Fury Road
Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

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

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

Best Film Editing

The Big Short
Mad Max
The Revenant
Star Wars The Force Awakens

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
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best Music – 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

Best Music – Original Score

Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Production Design

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

Best Short Film – Live Action

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Best Short Film – Animated

Bear Story
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Best Sound Editing

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

Best Sound Mixing

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

Best Visual Effects

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

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 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

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Chris Rock and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 28

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