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‘The Revenant,’ ‘Mad Max’ Lead Oscar Nominations

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The Western epic “The Revenant” leads the field for the 88th Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director and best actor, followed closely by “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 — among them, best picture and best director.

They’re joined in the best picture category by “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “The Martian, “Room” and “Spotlight.”

In addition to Alejandro G. Inarritu for “The Revenant” and George Miller for “Fury Road,” best director nods went to Adam McKay for “The Big Short,” Lenny Abrahamson for “Room” and Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight.” Noticeably absent from the list is Ridley Scott, whose “Martian” racked up nominations for best actor (Matt Damon), visual effects, adapted screenplay, editing and sound, in addition to best picture.

Damon faces competition for best actor from Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”). Best actress nods went to Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Brie Larson (“Room”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Saorise Ronan (“Brooklyn”).

Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) led the supporting actress field, joined by Rooney Mara (“Carol”), Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”), Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) and Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”). As expected, Sylvester Stallone secured a supporting actor nomination for “Creed” in a category that includes Christian Bale “The Big Short”), Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”), Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”) and Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”).

Although “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” didn’t receive a nod for the top prize, it did garner five nominations, including best original score, visual effects and sound editing.

The full list of nominees can be found below. The 88th Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 28 in ceremony broadcast live on ABC.

Best Picture
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Brooklyn”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Spotlight”

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs“
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs“

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Director
Adam McKay, “The Big Short”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Alejandro G. Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Visual Effects
“Ex Machina”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Documentary
“Amy”
“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”

Editing
“The Big Short”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”
“Spotlight”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Production Design
“Bridge of Spies”
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”

Best Original Score
“Bridge of Spies”
“Carol”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Sicario”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Embrace of the Serpent,” Colombia
“Mustang,” France
“Son of Saul,” Hungary
“Theeb,” Jordan
“A War,” Denmark

Best Screenplay
“Bridge of Spies”
“Ex Machina”
“Inside Out”
“Spotlight”
“Straight Outta Compton”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Big Short”
“Brooklyn”
“Carol”
“The Martian”
“Room”

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

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
“Mad Max Fury Road”
“The 100-Year Old Men Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared”
“The Revenant”

Best Animated Feature
“Anomalisa”
“Boy and the World”
“Inside Out”
“Shaun The Sheep”
“When Marnie Was There”

Best Animated Short Film
“Bear Story”
“Prologue”
“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)”
“Shok”
“Stutterer”

Best Cinematography
“Carol”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Hateful Eight”
“The Revenant”
“Sicario”

Achievement in Sound Mixing
“Bridge of Spies”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Achievement in Sound Editing
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Sicario”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Costume Design
“Carol”
“Cinderella”
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”

Comments

  • Bob Shoggoth

    Nothing, not even Oscars, will ever convince me that Fury Road is a good movie. Horrible.

  • Nate

    I watched Revenant last night. It was a very intense movie with beautiful cinematography. I think Leo put in an Oscar worthy performance. I do wish that I had never read the book though or just known about Hugh Glass in general because of how much the movie changed that story by inventing characters and motivations. Also making it an indictment on imperialism/ manifest destiny as much as a revenge story.

  • Chad Townsend

    Lovely Day! I loved Fury Road. Even if you didn’t like it… this is a big deal for sci fi movie fans. Even a big deal for the Oscars.

  • Hypestyles

    Mad Max was just bizarre as all heck. I’d put any number of “summer blockbuster” films before that one. Astounding.

  • Jeff Gutman

    My wife and I rented Mad Max and had to turn it off after 30 mins. It was a hyperspeed flash of nonsense, fast music video style editing with absolutely no plot. An incomprehensible jumble of ugly images and shouting. No story or narrative whatsoever. Best picture?????!?!?!!?! And for the record, I really enjoyed Road Warrior so it’s not like I don’t enjoy a good bad bad film. This looked like a McG film on amphetamines. Not one redeeming factor.
    So defenders of the film – what did we miss???

  • Jeff Gutman

    Ex Machina was a brilliant Oscar worthy as was Selma. If we’re talking really cinema spectacle, Star Wars deserved a nod even. Mad Max???

  • Sian

    Not one single nomination for costume or art design, or settings for Crimson Peak. Even those who didn’t like the movie admitted it looked fabulous.

    And before the ‘it wasn’t a box office hit’ comments start, neither were ‘Steve Jobs’ or ‘Bridge of Spies’ yet both have had noms.

    Apparently having a Mexican director and only two Americans has screwed things up.

  • Brian Thomas

    The Day is Bright and Shiny and Chrome!

  • Brian Thomas

    Probably one of the greatest Kick Ass (Literal) Amazons before Wonder Woman. Fury Road is the very definition of a “Metal” movie: Brutal, Fast, Loud, Crazy Poetry, Doesn’t Give A Fuck if people love it or not.

  • Bluebolt

    The part where the movie develops a heart. Watch it again – give it another chance. There is a plot but it’s also just a great action movie. There are some amazing real stunts that are performed and the last 30 mins is very intense. But, like I said, it also shows some heart as the movie progresses.

  • butters911

    I thought Charlize Theron should have gotten a best supporting actress nod

  • mel

    sounds like you’re describing SW: force awakens

  • ZigZagWave

    What a lovely day!

  • politicaldefiance

    You and your wife sound like a blast to watch movies with.

  • politicaldefiance

    They already nominated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was just back in 1977 and it lost to Annie Hall.

  • politicaldefiance

    Sucks for you.

  • politicaldefiance

    And…? Star Wars was considered bizarre as all heck back in 1977, and that got nominated for a slew of Oscars (including Best Picture).