A Breakdown of the 2016 Oscar Nominations
There are some very surprising developments this year with the announcement of the 2016 Oscar Nominations this morning in Los Angeles. The television broadcast for this was especially excruciating, we were first treated to directors Ang Lee and Guillermo Del Toro announcing the useless categories longley and slowly. Then they cut to commercial!!!! Followed by the announcing of the categories that mattered by John Krasinski and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (who butchered Inarritu’s last name).
No Aaron Sorkin for Adapted Screenplay
This is pretty shocking considering Sorkin was just riding the wave of a Golden Globe victory last Sunday for Adapted Screenplay for Steve Jobs. Many not only had him pegged to be nominated, but also to win. So his absence here by the Academy is truly noteworthy.
No Quentin Tarantino for Original Screenplay
This I didn’t expect either. Tarantino is almost a mainstay at Best Original Screenplay. He’s won it twice before for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. I guess the Academy got tired of him winning.
No Will Smith for Best Actor
Oscars So White again indeed….
Tom Hardy Supporting Actor Nom
Hardy always had a chance at an Oscar nomination, but not many thought he would get one. Notable snubs instead of Hardy were Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, Michael Shannon for 99 Homes, Jacob Tremblay for Room, Michael Keaton for Spotlight, and Paul Dano for Love & Mercy.
No Best Actor Nomination for Johnny Depp
This was a tad less surprising because Depp didn’t receive a Golden Globe nomination, but nonetheless, his SAG nomination for Best Actor at least gave Depp a fighting chance, but alas no.
Nothing for Carol, Star Wars, Straight Outta Compton in Best Picture
Carol was one of the most hailed films critically of the year. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is the highest grossing film of all time. Straight Outta Compton was one of the biggest runaway hits of the year. This represents a rather nasty trend of not recognizing the more popular films. Nonetheless, there’s a decent mix of it as is. I thought Star Wars at least stood a good chance because it would increase viewership of the broadcast if The Force Awakens got nominated for Best Picture.
Ridley Scott not nominated for Best Director — Adam McKay, Lenny Abrahamson, Thomas McCarthy
As always, the Academy’s directorial nominations are controversial this year. No one really thought the director of Room, Lenny Abrahamson, stood much of a chance, but Room is the “it” film of the moment. Some films just ride a wave of praise and Room is currently doing that now with it’s star, Brie Larson, a favorite to win Best Actress.
Ridley Scott was nominated for a DGA Award, which usually guarantees you an Oscar nod for Best Director, however, Scott get’s notably snubbed again by the Academy. Scott has been overlooked many times before. His 3 Oscar nominations for Best Director – Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down, all ended in losses for Scott. Gladiator was picked as the Best Picture of the year for 2000. His films have influence, which is why it’s hard to see why the Academy didn’t nominate Ridley Scott.
One also has to wonder if Scott’s absence might have something to do with the backlash received by Scott’s 2014 film Exodus: Gods and Kings.
For 4 out of the 5 directors its first time nominations: Adam McKay, Thomas McCarthy, Lenny Abrahamson, and George Miller.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the favorite right now, also won this award last year as well. The last time a director won consecutive Best Director Oscars was Joseph L. Mankiewicz for A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950). John Ford, was the first director to win back to back Oscars for The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and How Green Was My Valley (1941).
88th Academy Award Nominees
THE BIG SHORT
BRIDGE OF SPIES
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
Adam McKay – The Big Short
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Matt Damon – The Martian
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Brie Larson – Room
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actor
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone – Creed
Tom Hardy – The Revenant
Christian Bale – The Big Short
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Best Supporting Actress
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
Best Original Screenplay
Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland – Ex Machina
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff – Straight Outta Compton
Best Adapted Screenplay
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short
Nick Hornby – Brooklyn
Phyllis Nogy – Carol
Drew Goddard – The Martian
Emma Donoghue – Room
Best Animated Feature
Boy and the World
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There
Best Documentary – Feature
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter for Fire
Ed Lochman – Carol
Robert Richardson – The Hateful Eight
John Seale – Mad Max: Fury Road
Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant
Roger Deakins – Sicario