These Are Your 2016 Oscar Nominees

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The 88th annual Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, and once again the Academy has revealed its true colors (hint: it's white). While the expected contenders got theirs—The Revenant leads all films with 12 nods followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with 10—people of color were glaringly shut out from all the major categories. Despite two empty slots in the Best Picture category—Creed, Straight Outta Compton and Beasts of No Nation were all ignored.

In the Best Actor race, surely Michael B. Jordan's electrifying breakout performance in Creed deserved consideration over Bryan Cranston's rather unremarkable turn in Trumbo, while Idris Elba's terrifying turn as a warlord in Beasts of No Nation felt like a lock for a supporting nod just last week. And although we're thrilled that Lenny Abrahamson earned a surprise directing nod for Room, Creed helmer Ryan Coogler almost single-handedly revitalized the Rocky franchise with a deeply felt character study that also made a lot of dough at the box office, perfectly fitting into the Academy's template.

Other notable snubs include the shocking omission of Carol in the Best Picture race, and Golden Globe winner Ridley Scott—who was once considered a front-runner—in the Best Director category. 

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Jennifer Lawrence earned her fourth nomination, becoming the youngest actress to hit that mark. She'll square off for Best Actress against Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, and Cate Blanchett in what has to be considered the most intriguing race of the night. 

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Chris Rock—who should have a field day with the night's lack of diversity—and will air Feb. 28th, live on ABC. See the full list of nominees below. 


Best Picture

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

Best Director

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

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant 
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl 
Matt Damon, The Martian 
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs 
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room 
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Rooney Mara, Carol
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl 
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Best Original Screenplay

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

Drew Goddard, The Martian
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Emma Donahue, Room

Best Cinematography

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

Best Film Editing

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Animated Feature Film

Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best Cinematography                      

The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Costume Design

The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Documentary – Feature

Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

 Best Documentary – Short Subject

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 Makeup and Hairstyling

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

 Best Original Song

"Earned It," Fifty Shades of Grey
"Manta Ray," Racing Extinction
"Simple Song No. 3," Youth
"'Til It Happens to You," The Haunting Ground
"Writings on the Wall," Spectre

Best Animated Short Film

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

Best Live Action Short Film

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

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