Ladies and gentlemen, the Oscar nominations are finally here!
Following its Golden Globe-winning success on Sunday evening, the survival drama The Revenant has collected a whopping twelve mentions which include Best Picture and Best Director for filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. He’ll be hoping to achieve Oscar glory for the second year running having guided Birdman to victory in 2015.
As expected, leading man Leonardo Di-Caprio is shortlisted in Best Actor and will be looking to finally land his first Oscar win for his performance as vengeful explorer Hugh Glass. More surprisingly, British co-star Tom Hardy earned his first nomination for his role as the villainous John Fitzgerald having been snubbed by other major award groups.
The film also dominated various technical categories though it did miss out on a Screenplay nod.
On the subject of Hardy, it turned out to be a lovely, lovely day for his other major film Mad Max: Fury Road as the post-apocalyptic action sequel received ten nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for George Miller.
There were seven nominations for the sci-fi blockbuster The Martian including Best Picture and Best Actor for Matt Damon (as stranded astronaut Mark Watney) but veteran filmmaker Ridley Scott was surprisingly ignored in Best Director.
The journalism drama Spotlight secured six nods including Best Director for Tom McCarthy and Supporting Actor/Actress mentions for Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams as Boston Globe reporters Mike Rezendes and Sacha Pfieffer.
Another film with six nominations was the romantic drama Carol which failed to be mentioned in Best Picture or Director though actresses Cate Blanchett (as married socialite Carol Aird) and Rooney Mara (as her young lover Therese Belivet) were nodded in their respective categories.
The Best Picture lineup is rounded up by the financial crisis comedy The Big Short (five nods), the Cold War biopic Bridge of Spies, the romantic drama Brooklyn (three nods) and the indie flick Room (four nods).
In Best Director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Tom McCarthy and George Miller are competing with surprise nominee Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and Adam McKay (The Big Short).
In Best Actor, Hollywood heavyweights Leo Di-Caprio and Matt Damon are up against Bryan Cranston (as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo), Michael Fassbender (as Apple pioneer Steve Jobs in Steve Jobs) and last year’s Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (as transgendered Danish artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl).
In Best Actress, Cate Blanchett is bidding for her third Oscar win and will be battling it out with recent Golden Globe winners Brie Larson (as protective mother Joy in Room) and Jennifer Lawrence (as real-life businesswoman Joy Mangano in Joy) as well as veteran British actress Charlotte Rampling (as scorned married woman Kate Mercer in 45 Years) and young starlet Saoirse Ronan (as Irish immigrant Ellis Lacey in Brooklyn).
Best Supporting Actor sees Hollywood veteran Sylvester Stallone make the ultimate comeback as he is nodded for reprising his iconic role as former boxer-turned-mentor Rocky Balboa in the sports drama Creed. By doing so, Sly makes history by becoming the sixth actor to be Oscar-nominated for playing the same character twice.
Stallone will be fighting it out with aforementioned nominees Tom Hardy and Mark Ruffalo as well as British actors Christian Bale (as eccentric physicist Dr. Michael Burry in The Big Short) and Mark Rylance (as Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies).
In Best Supporting Actress, Rooney Mara and Rachel McAdams are up against Jennifer Jason Leigh (as sadistic prisoner Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight), Alicia Vikander (as Lili Elbe’s supportive wife Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl) and recent Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet (as Apple marketing analyst Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs).
Elsewhere, the sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received five nods which include an incredible 50th nomination for legendary composer John Williams who will be up against fellow veteran Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight) in the Best Original Score category.
Following his Golden Globe win on Sunday for singing “Writing’s On the Wall” in Spectre, British musician Sam Smith will be competing for Best Original Song along with Grammy award winner Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground) and The Weekend (nodded for Razzie contender Fifty Shades of Grey!) while the late Amy Winehouse’s documentary Amy is shortlisted in its own category.
Pixar’s Inside Out looks certain to land the Best Animated Film award but faces stern competition from the likes of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa and the British animation Shaun the Sheep Movie.
In terms of major snubs, British duo Idris Elba and Dame Helen Mirren were snubbed for their supporting roles in Beasts of No Nation and Trumbo while high-profile films like Ant-Man, Black Mass, Concussion, The Good Dinosaur, Jurassic World, Love & Mercy, Southpaw and Suffragette were completely ignored.
The 88th Annual Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 28th with comedian Chris Rock hosting for the second time.
The full list of nominations are below with my winner predictions in blue:
THE BIG SHORT
BRIDGE OF SPIES
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Lenny Abrahamson, ROOM
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, THE REVENANT
Adam McKay, THE BIG SHORT
Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT
George Miller, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Bryan Cranston, TRUMBO
Matt Damon, THE MARTIAN
Leonardo Di-Caprio, THE REVENANT
Michael Fassbender, STEVE JOBS
Eddie Redmayne, THE DANISH GIRL
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
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BRIDGE OF SPIES, Matt Charman, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
EX MACHINA, Alex Garland
INSIDE OUT, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter & Meg LeFauve
SPOTLIGHT, Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE BIG SHORT, Adam McKay & Charles Randolph
BROOKLYN, Nick Hornby
CAROL, Phyllis Nagy
THE MARTIAN, Drew Goddard
ROOM, Emma Donoghue
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
BRIDGE OF SPIES, Adam Stockhausen & Rena DeAngelo
THE DANISH GIRL, Michael Standish & Eve Stewart
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Colin Gibson & Lisa Thompson
THE MARTIAN, Arthur Max & Celia Bobak
THE REVENANT, Jack Fisk & Hamish Purdy
CAROL, Ed Lachman
THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Robert Richardson
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, John Seale
THE REVENANT, Emmanuel Lubezki
SICARIO, Roger Deakins
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
CAROL, Sandy Powell
CINDERELLA, Sandy Powell
THE DANISH GIRL, Paco Delgrado
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Jenny Beavan
THE REVENANT, Jacqueline West
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED, Eva Kozma & Erzsebet Racz
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Lesley Vanderwalt & Damian Martin
THE REVENANT Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman & Robert Pandini
THE BIG SHORT, Hank Corwin
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Margaret Sixel
THE REVENANT, Stephen Mirrione
SPOTLIGHT, Tom McArdle
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey
BEST SOUND EDITING
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD; Scott Hecker, Mark Mangini & David White
THE MARTIAN; Oliver Tarney
THE REVENANT; Lon Bender, Martin Hernandez & Randy Thom
SICARIO; Alan Robert Murray
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; David Acord & Matthew Wood
BEST SOUND MIXING
BRIDGE OF SPIES; Drew Kunin, Andy Nelson & Gary Rydstrom
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD; Chris Jenkins, Ben Osmo & Gregg Rudloff
THE MARTIAN; Paul Massey, Mac Ruth & Mark Taylor
THE REVENANT; Chris Duesterdiek, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor and Randy Thom
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio & Stuart Wilson
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
EX MACHINA; Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris & Andrew Whitehurst
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD; Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood & Andy Williams
THE MARTIAN; Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers & Steven Warner
THE REVENANT; Rich McBridge, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith & Cameron Waldbauer
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh & Neal Scanlan
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BRIDGE OF SPIES, Thomas Newman
CAROL, Carter Burwell
THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Ennio Morricone
SICARIO, Johann Johansson
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, John Williams
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, “Earned It”
THE HUNTING GROUND, “Till It Happens To You”
RACING EXTINCTION, “Manta Ray”
SPECTRE, “Writing’s on the Wall”
YOUTH, “Simple Song #3”
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BOY & THE WORLD
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Columbia), Ciro Guerra
MUSTANG (France), Deniz Gamze Ergüven
SON OF SAUL (Hungary), Lazlo Nemes
THEEB (Jordan), Naji Abu Nowar
A WAR (Denmark), Tobias Lindholm
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
AMY, Asif Kapadia & James Gay-Rees
CARTEL LAND, Matthew Heineman & Tom Yellin
THE LOOK OF SILENCE, Joshua Oppenheimer & Signe Byrge Sørensen
WHAT HAPPENED MISS SIMONE?, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby & Justin Wilkes
WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, Evgeny Afineevsky & Den Tolmor
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
BODY TEAM 12, David Darg & Bryn Mooser
CHAU, BEYOND THE LINES, Courtney Marsh & Jerry Franck
CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH, Adam Benzine
A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
LAST DAY OF FREEDOM, Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman
BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
BEAR STORY, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
PROLOGUE, Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM, Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS, Konstantin Bronzit
WORLD OF TOMORROW, Don Hertzfeldt
BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
AVE MARIA, Basil Khalil & Eric Dupont
DAY ONE, Henry Hughes
EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY (ALLES WIRD GUT), Patrick Vollrath
SHOK, Jamie Donoughue
STUTTERER, Benjamin Cleary & Serena Armitage