The 88th Academy Awards Nominations Include Some Surprises

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The 88th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning! What are your thoughts on the nominees? Which ones surprised you? How many of the nominated films do you still need to see?

The biggest surprise for me, and it was a pleasant one, was Theeb getting nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Also happy to see Winter on Fire and Cartel Land get nominated in the documentary category. As for the shocking omissions, I would have to say Carol and Sicario not getting Best Picture nods, as well as Ryan Coogler and Ridley Scott not being in the director conversation, really stood out for me.

You can find the full list of nominees below:

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

Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Directing
Adam Mckay – The Big Shiort
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

The Danish Girl

Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale – The Big Short
Tom Hardy – The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpant
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Inside Out

Writing – Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

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

Music – Original Score
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Makeup and Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Diasappeared
The Revenant

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

Spectre

Music – Original Song
Earned It – 50 Shades of Grey
Til It Happens To You – The Hunting Ground
Writings On The Wall – Spectre
Manta Ray – Racing Extinction
Simple Song 3 – Youth

Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Documentary Short Subject
Body Team 12
Chau Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann
A Girl in the River
Last Day of Freedom

Documentary Feature
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire

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

Sound Editing
Mad Max : Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Mad Max Fury Road

Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

Short Film – Live Action
Ava Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
Shok
Stutterer

Short Film – Animated
Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Superteam
World of Tomorrow

Animated Feature Film
Anomalisa
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep
Boy and the Wild
When Marnie Was There