2016 Oscar Nominations

  by Kam Williams








Minorities Snubbed Again!






The frontier survival epic The Revenant landed a dozen Oscar nominations, establishing Leonardo DiCaprio as the early favorite to finally win his first Oscar. The movie with the next most nominations was Mad Max: Fury Road with 10, followed by The Martian with 7, and Bridge of Spies, Carol and Spotlight with 6 each.

While the members of the Academy have nominated a fine slate of actors and actresses, it has failed to include any minorities for the second year in a row. The omission is glaring since a number of laudable performances were ignored, such as Will Smith's in Concussion, the sort of character-driven drama Oscar ordinarily tends to reward.

Also overlooked was Michael B. Jordan for his impressive turn in the title role of Creed, although his co-star Sly Stallone was nominated in the Best Supporting category. Curiously, the critically-acclaimed Straight Outta Compton garnered only one nomination for its screenplay which was written by four white scriptwriters.

These embarrassing oversights ostensibly reflect the lack of diversity in the Academy's ranks, despite the fact that its President, Cheryl Boone, happens to be African-American. Why do not only blacks, but Asians, Latinos and Native-Americans have such a hard time making the grade?

Well, the voters are reportedly 93% white and 76% male with an average age of 63, which helps explain why a tour de force on the part of a minority might fail to register a blip on the radar. Given the demographic trend toward an increasingly ethnically-mixed populace, it is incumbent upon the Academy to figure a way to seriously consider every color of the country's wonderful rainbow, if it wants to ensure that the Oscars remain relevant in the 21st Century.




Complete List of Academy Award Nominations

Best Picture

The Big Short Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Bridge of Spies Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

Brooklyn Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

Mad Max: Fury Road Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers

The Martian Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers

The Revenant Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers

Room Ed Guiney, Producer

Spotlight Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers


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



The Big Short, Adam McKay

Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller

The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Room, Lenny Abrahamson

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight


Film Editing

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 and Mary Jo Markey


Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

Mustang (France)

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Theeb (Jordan)

A War (Denmark)


Original Score

Bridge of Spies Thomas Newman

Carol Carter Burwell

The Hateful Eight Ennio Morricone

Sicario Jóhann Jóhannsson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens John Williams


Production Design

Bridge of Spies Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

The Danish Girl Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish

Mad Max: Fury Road Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

The Martian Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak

The Revenant Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy


Visual Effects

Ex Machina Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Mad Max: Fury Road Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

The Martian Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

The Revenant Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould


Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Brooklyn Screenplay by Nick Hornby

Carol Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

The Martian Screenplay by Drew Goddard

Room Screenplay by Emma Donoghue


Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Ex Machina Written by Alex Garland

Inside Out Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

Spotlight Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

Straight Outta Compton Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff


Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

Boy and the World Alê Abreu

Inside Out Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Shaun the Sheep Movie Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

When Marnie Was There Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura



Carol Ed Lachman

The Hateful Eight Robert Richardson

Mad Max: Fury Road John Seale

The Revenant Emmanuel Lubezki

Sicario Roger Deakins


Costume Design

Carol Sandy Powell

Cinderella Sandy Powell

The Danish Girl Paco Delgado

Mad Max: Fury Road Jenny Beavan

The Revenant Jacqueline West


Documentary Feature Amy Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Cartel Land Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

The Look of Silence Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

What Happened, Miss Simone? Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor


Documentary Short Subject

Body Team 12 David Darg and Bryn Mooser

Chau, Bbeyond the Lines Courtney Marsh and 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 and Nomi Talisman


Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

The Revenant Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini


Original 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


Animated Short Film

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


Live Action Short Film

Ave Maria Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

Day One Henry Hughes

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut) Patrick Vollrath

Shok Jamie Donoughue

Stutterer Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage


Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road Mark Mangini and David White

The Martian Oliver Tarney

The Revenant Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

Sicario Alan Robert Murray

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Matthew Wood and David Acord


Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

Mad Max: Fury Road Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

The Martian Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

The Revenant Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson