2016 Oscars Nominations

Posted on January 14, 2016

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Well, they’re out. It’s time for us to argue over them.

 

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

We’ve seen only half of these, but of that half, we’d give it to Spotlight.

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

ANYONE BUT REDMAYNE. Seriously, that portrayal was awful. If we had our way we’d probably give it to Cranston, although we haven’t seen The Revenant yet.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

We thought Blanchett was a bit too mannered and safe in Carol. We’re thinking it’s a tossup between Ronan and Larson for this one.

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

Ruffalo, probably. But we’d bet Stallone has a really good shot just because Hollywood loves its narratives and the idea of Rocky Balboa being an Oscar-winning role in 2016 is probably irresistible.

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

Rooney Mara, hands down. Although we’re pleased to see McAdams on there. Winslet was good but she could’ve done that role in her sleep.

FILM EDITING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Probably either Mad Max or Star Wars.

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

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Mad Max.

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

Either The Hateful Eight or Star Wars.

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

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

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

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

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

Carol’s cinematography was breathtaking.

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

Wow, that’s a tough one. Glad to see the eye-popping Cinderella got a nod. We wrote about the film’s costumes here and here.

DIRECTING
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
The Girl on the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok
Stutterer

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

SOUND MIXING
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

Another tough one. Star Wars would seem like a no-brainer but some of the effects in Ex Machina were so eerily realistic that it was disconcerting, which was entirely the point.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

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

So congratulations, white people! Apparently, you had a really good year!

Seriously, folks. The Oscars are fun as a discussion tool but any time you place any cultural importance on them, you’re bound to get angry and disappointed. Not that you shouldn’t be when faced with such a ridiculously non-diverse set of nominees (especially in a year that was all about diversity in entertainment), but our point is that the Oscars are, well, kind of pointless and irrelevant.

 

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