2016 Oscar Nominations - Were There Any Surprises?

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Awards season keeps on chugging along, in the aftermath of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association having revealed its picks for the best of the best in cinema (and TV) in 2015 during the 2016 Golden Globes ceremony. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's own nominated candidates for the best of 2015 - which will be honored during the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony (the 88th iteration of the Oscars event overall) - have now been announced too, courtesy of Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor John Krasinski, with assistance from directors Ang Lee and Guillermo del Toro.

With such films as director Alejandro González Iñárritu's man vs. nature survival/revenge thriller The Revenant and director Ridley Scott's man vs. nature (in space) adventure The Martian having won big prizes during the 2016 Golden Globes show, along with such performers as Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio, that makes them the front-runner (or one of them) at the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony too. Whether or not they shall have equal success at the Oscars as they did during the Golden Globes though, that remains to be seen.

You can read the full list of nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony, below.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
The Revenant - nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and more

Best Picture

The Big ShortBridge of SpiesBrooklynMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantRoomSpotlight

Best Director

Adam McKay, The Big ShortGeorge Miller, Mad Max: Fury RoadAlejandro González Iñárritu, The RevenantLenny Abrahamson, RoomTom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, TrumboMatt Damon, The MartianLeonardo DiCaprio, The RevenantMichael Fassbender, Steve JobsEddie Redmyane, The Danish Girl

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, CarolBrie Larson, RoomJennifer Lawrence, JoyCharlotte Rampling, 45 YearsSaoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Adapted Screenplay

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big ShortNick Hornby, BrooklynPhyllis Nagy, CarolDrew Goddard, The MartianEmma Donohue, Room

Best Original Screenplay

Matt Charman and Coen Bros., Bridge of SpiesAlex Garland, Ex MachinaJosh Cooley, Peter Docter, and Megan LeFauve, Inside OutTom McCarthy and Josh Singer, SpotlightAndrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton

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Mad Max: Fury Road - nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and more

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big ShortTom Hardy, The RevenantMark Ruffalo, SpotlightMark Rylance, Bridge of SpiesSylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful EightRooney Mara, CarolRachel McAdams, SpotlightAlicia Vikander, The Danish GirlKate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Animated Feature

AnomalisaBoy and the WorldInside OutShaun the Sheep MovieWhen Marnie Was There

Best Original Song

“Earned It”, Fifty Shades of Grey“Manta Ray”, Racing Extinction“Simple Song No. 3”, Youth“Til It Happens To You”, The Hunting Ground“Writing’s on the Wall", Spectre

Best Original Score

Bridge of SpiesCarolThe Hateful EightSicarioStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Best Cinematography

CarolThe Hateful EightMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantSicario

Spotlight movie (2015) review
Spotlight - nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and more

Best Costume Design

CarolCinderellaThe Danish GirlMad Max: Fury RoadThe Revenant

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantSicarioStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of SpiesMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury RoadThe 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedThe Revenant

Best Live-Action Short

Ave MariaDay OneEverything Will Be OkayShokStutterer

Best Animated Short

Bear StoryPrologueSanjay’s Super TeamWe Can’t Live Without CosmosWorld of Tomorrow

The Martian - nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor and more

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Best Film Editing

The Big Short Mad Max: Fury RoadThe Revenant Spotlight Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Best Production Design

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

Best Documentary Short

Buddy Team 12Spectres of the ShoahA Girl in the RiverLast Day of Freedom

Best Documentary Feature

AmyCartel LandThe Look of SilenceWhat Happened, Miss Simone?Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Foreign Language Film

Colombia: Embrace of the Serpent France: Mustang Hungary: Son of Saul Jordan: Theeb Denmark: A War

Room trailer and reviews with Brie Larson
Room - nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and more


That’s it for this year’s batch of Academy Award nominations. Let us know in the comment section if you agree with this year’s picks of nominees, and/or if you feel there are other 2015 film releases that are “more deserving” of recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

NEXT: 2016 Golden Globes Winners

The 88th Academy Awards Ceremony will be telecast on Sunday, February 28th, 2016, by the ABC Television Network starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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