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The Academy reveals 2016 Oscar nominations

on January 14, 2016, 8:50am

The nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards have been revealed. Now in its 88th year, the annual award honors cinematic achievements in the film industry. This year’s gala is set for February 28th, 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California and will be hosted by Chris Rock.

Nominees for Best Picture include Spotlight, The Revenant, The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Martian, and Room.

After taking the Golden Globes, Leonardo DiCaprio has a chance to finally win his first Academy Award as his enduring role in The Revenant earned him a nomination for Best Actor. He’s up against Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), and Matt Damon (The Martian).

Best Actress nominees include Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).

Like Leo, Sylvester Stallone can capture his first Academy Award. Rocky Balboa earned himself a nod for Best Supporting thanks to his role in Creed. His competition includes Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), and Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies).

Meanwhile, nominees for Best Supporting Actress include Rooney Mara (Carol), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl).

While a congratulation is certainly in order for all the nominees, as The Hollywood Reporter points out, for the second year in a row there are no black actors nominated in the four acting categories.

Among those up for Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant), Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Lenny Abrahamson (Room), and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight).

The category for Best Original Song includes several familiar faces. The Weeknd’s 50 Shades of Grey track “Earned It”, Sam Smith’s Spectre track “Writing’s On the Wall”, and Lady Gaga’s The Hunting Ground track “Til It Happens to You” all earned nominations. Antony, too, earned a nomination for “Manta Ray”.

Legendary composers Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight) and John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) both picked up nominations for Best Original Score.

Meanwhile, documentaries about Amy Winehouse (Amy) and Nina Simone (What Happened, Miss Simone?) are nominated for Best Documentary. The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton is nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

The full list of nominees be found below. Stay tuned to Consequence of Sound for more coverage of the 2016 Academy Awards, including our full reaction to this year’s nominees.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Original Screenplay:
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Room
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian

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

Best Original Song:
Sam Smith – “Writing’s on the Wall”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Lady Gaga and Diane Warren – “Til It Happens to You”
David Lang – “Simple Sound #3”
J. Ralph & Antony – “Manta Ray”

Best Original Score:
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Carter Burwell, Carol
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario

Best Animated Feature Film:
Inside Out
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Shaun the Sheep Movie
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 Documentary Feature Film:
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom

Best Documentary Short Film:
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

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

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

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

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

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Sound Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing:
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

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