Oscar nominations are out, and there are some surprises

Posted on 14 Jan 2016 at 8:29am

MadMaxThe Oscar nominations are out, and there are of course some surprises, although the whole year has been full of surprises without a whole lot of consistency among the preliminary group nominations. So, for instance, the amazing Lily Tomlin was overlooked for best actress in Grandma, while her contemporary, Charlotte Rampling, received her first nomination ever for 45 Years.

The big winner, though, was Mad Max: Fury Road, with 10 nominations, though The Revenant — also with Tom Hardy — has the most with 12. In the song category, Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground) is up against Sam Smith (Spectre), though I suspect both will lose to “Simple Song No. 3” from Youth.

I was disappointed that Carol was overlooked for picture and director, but did get six noms, including actress, supporting actress and screenplay. Both Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander from The Danish Girl are nominated, but the film didn’t score big otherwise.

Here’s the full list.

bgs-01810r2PictureThe Big ShortBridge of Spies; Brooklyn; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Martian; The RevenantRoom; Spotlight.

Director: Adam McKay, The Big Short; Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant; George MillerMad Max: Fury Road; Lenny Abrahamson, Room; Thomas McCarthy, Spotlight.

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

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

Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Big Short; Tom Hardy, The Revenant; Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight; Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies; Sylvester Stallone, Creed.

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

Original ScreenplayBridge of Spies; Ex Machina; Inside Out; Spotlight; Straight Outta Compton.

Adapted ScreenplayThe Big Short; Brooklyn; Carol; The Martian; Room.

CinematographyCarol; The Hateful 8; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Revenant; Sicario.

Film Editing:  The Big Short; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Revenant; Spotlight; Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Score: Bridge of Spies; Carol; The Hateful 8; Sicario; Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Song: “Earned It,” 50 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.

Sound MixingBridge of Spies; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Martian; The Revenant; Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Sound EditingMad Max: Fury Road; The Martian; The Revenant; Sicario; Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Production DesignBridge of Spies; The Danish Girl; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Martian; The Revenant.

CostumesCarol; Cinderella; The Danish Girl; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Revenant.

Visual EffectsEx Machina; The Martian; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Revenant; Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road; The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out a Window and Disappeared; The Revenant

Foreign Language FilmEmbrace of the Serpent (Colombia); Mustang (France); Son of Saul (Hungary); Theeb (Jordan); A War (Denmark).

Animated FeatureAnomalisa; Boy and the World; Inside Out; Shaun the Sheep Movie; When Marnie Was There.

Documentary FeatureAmy; Cartel Land; The Look of Silence; What Happened, Miss Simone; Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.

Live Action ShortAve Maria: Day One; Everything Will Be Okay; Shok; Stutterer.

Animated ShortBear Story; Prologue; Sanjay’s Super Team; We Can’t Live without Cosmos; World of Tomorrow.

Documentary ShortBody Team 12; Chau, Beyond the Lines; Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah; A Girl in the River: The Price of Foregiveness; Last Day of Freedom.

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