These Are Your 2016 Oscar Nominees

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    by daniel barna · January 14, 2016

    Illustration by Liz Riccardi/original photo via Getty Images.

    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


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