The 2016 Oscar Nominations are Here! What’s the Verdict?

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“The Revenant” landed the most nominations with ten overall, including a directing nod for Alejandro Iñárritu and best actor and supporting actor nods for Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. “The Martian,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Spotlight,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” are nominated for six awards each, respectively, while “The Big Short” got five nominations.

Two of my favorites, “Room” and “Brooklyn” each have four and three nominations, respectively. One of the actors most obviously snubbed is Michael B. Jordan for his role in “Creed.” He sits on the sidelines while his costar, Sylvester Stallone gets a nod for best supporting actor for the same movie.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is nominated… for technical awards anyway. Some had high hopes that it would get a best picture nod, but who are we kidding? It’s the Oscars. Even Idris Elba was overlooked for his fantastic turn in “Beasts of No Nation.” In fact, the Netflix movie was overlooked entirely. And also interesting, and odd, is that Aaron Sorkin wasn’t nominated for best adapted screenplay for “Steve Jobs.” His was one of the better scripts of the year.

You can check out the full list of nominations below and be sure to tune in to the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28 on ABC. The show will be hosted by comedian Chris Rock.

BEST PICTURE
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

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

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
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

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

DIRECTING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marie Was There

COSTUME DESIGN
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Mad: Fury Road
The Revenant

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Body Team
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

ORIGINAL SONG
“Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray” – Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3” – Youth
“Til It Happens to You” – The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre

ANIMATED SHORT
Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Leave Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

SOUND EDITING
Mad Mad: Fury Road
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant

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

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

ORIGINAL SCORE
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

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

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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  1. I really was hoping for a surprise, but we really should know better at this point with those acting nominations. I wonder if Star Wars’ diversity hurt its chances of nomination with the old guard voters? (conspiracy theory).

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