The Revenant Leads the Pack with 12 Nominations!


The Revenant Leads the Pack with 12 Nominations!

But Minority Thespians Snubbed for Second Year in a Row

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 2016 Oscar Nominations, by Kam Williams, Thespian, failed to include minorities, embarrassing oversitesnext 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 Issacs, 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

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

Ed Guiney, Producer

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

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

Carter Burwell

The Hateful Eight
Ennio Morricone

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

Screenplay by Nick Hornby

Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

The Martian
Screenplay by Drew Goddard

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

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

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


Ed Lachman

The Hateful Eight
Robert Richardson

Mad Max: Fury Road
John Seale

The Revenant
Emmanuel Lubezki

Roger Deakins

Costume Design

Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell

The Danish Girl
Paco Delgado

Mad Max: Fury Road
Jenny Beavan

The Revenant
Jacqueline West

Documentary Feature
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

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

Jamie Donoughue

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

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


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