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88th Academy Award Nominations: ‘The Revenant’ Leads With 12, ‘Mad Max’ With 10

It’s Oscar nominations morning! Welcome to our live blog of the nominations announcement, as John Krasinski, Guillermo Del Toro, Ang Lee and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be on-hand shortly to announce the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards!

I’ll be live-updating as the nominations are announced, but right now, it’s looking like The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road are poised to lead with the most nominations, although we shouldn’t count out Spotlight and The Big Short, two films with considerable awards season resumes up to this point. I also wouldn’t be surprised if The Martian ended up nabbing the most nominations, although I think it’s ultimately going to be a close call for the film that ends up leading the pack. Our own Oscar nomination predictions are a bit of a mixed bag as it is, so even if the picks don’t line up, I’m ready for this year’s nominations announcement to feature some big surprises. Not that I expect all that many, but I would think we’d get at least some. I’m anxious to see what the Academy has decided.

Check out the nominations for the 2016 Oscars below, and keep refreshing, as we’ll be updating with nominees and commentary as the morning rolls on!

88th Academy Award Nominations Announced

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88th Academy Award Nominations

Best Picture

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

Best Director

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Innaritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, 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

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Best Cinematography

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

Best Costume Design

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

Best Film Editing

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

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man
The Revenant

Best Production Design

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

Best Score

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

Best Song

“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty

“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
Music and Lyric by David Lang

“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

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
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa
Boy And The World
Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best Documentary Feature

Body Team 12
A Girl In The River
Last Day Of Freedom

Best Foreign-Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

Best Animated Short

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

Best Documentary Short

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 Live-Action Short

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be OK
Shock
Sutter

Thoughts: A lot of BIG shockers, namely the snubs for Ridley Scott and the Best Picture miss for Carol (and to a lesser extent, the screenplay snubs for Aaron Sorkin and Quentin Tarantino). At this rate, I’m thinking Scott is never going to win an Oscar, unless they give him an honorary prize at some point down the road. I think The Martian has been his best shot since Gladiator back in 2000 (or maybe Black Hawk Down a year later). It’s a shame he missed out, and yet I can’t fault the Academy for the directors they DID choose, since Lenny Abrahamson did tremendous work with Room. In fact, it didn’t surprise me all that much that Room ended up being the indie darling of the Oscars, although I didn’t really think it’d be at the expense of Carol, which I thought was a sure-thing for Best Picture. Also, the handful of nominations for Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes me wonder just how close it came to scoring a Best Picture nomination. Had it come out a bit earlier in the year, maybe it would have had time to build up steam. Or maybe it would have run out of whatever steam it had by then, who knows?

What I do know is that, once again, the Best Original Song category continues to be a delight. When I initially saw that Fifty Shades of Grey earned a Best Original Song nomination, I figured it was “Love Me Like You Do”. But when the official list came out, it turns out it was “Earned It”, which makes The Weeknd an Academy Award nominee now! By the same token, LADY GAGA is now an Oscar nominee! Her song, co-written with Oscar’s go-to “bridesmaid but never a bride” Diane Warren, is from the rape documentary The Hunting Ground, and it could be a chance for Lady Gaga to add to her Golden Globes win for American Horror Story. Going in, I thought this would be Sam Smith’s category to lose, but now I’m not so sure, since Warren is seriously overdue. And then there’s J. Ralph, who scores his third nomination as he’s quickly becoming the go-to guy for writing a compelling song for a documentary. Should be an interesting Oscar race.

What do you think of the 2016 Academy Award nominees? Sound off in the comments!

And for the opposite of the Oscars, find out who was nominated for the 2016 Razzie Awards!

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