Well the nominations are in…
The Oscar nominations for the 88th annual awards were announced Thursday morning from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Academy President Cheryl Boone, Ang Lee, Guillermo del Toro and John Krasinski took the stage to announce the directors, actors, movies, and industry hopefuls who will be competing for the prestigious gold statuette.
“The Revenant” led this year’s class of Oscar nominees with 12 nominations, including Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Motion Picture. The next contender was the survivalist action adventure “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which earned 10 nominations, including Best Motion Picture and Best Director (George Miller). “The Martian” walked away with seven nominations, reported Bay News 9.
Onlookers were surprised, yet thrilled, to see Sylvester Stallone included in this year’s nominations for “Creed.” Although his cast mate, Michael B. Jordan and the film director, Ryan Coogler received no acknowledgement. “Straight Outta Compton” was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but social media was quick to point out that minority talent was overlooked.
Not a single black actor was nominated for an award. Actors like Will Smith and Idris Elba, who were nominated for Golden Globes, were left off the Oscar nominees list. The internet quickly started trending for “Beasts of No Nation”, the Elba film that had been rumored to be an Oscar contender all season.
Several media outlets have predicted that #OscarsSoWhite might start trending again this year as a result of the Academy’s lack of minority participation.
Not including talented black actors has now become a trend and fans are outraged. We saw a similar situation last year when nominations were announced but excluded “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo, who played the lead character for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It should be noted that Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Oscars and Chris Rock will serve as Host. So, technically speaking, there will be some diversity.
The awards ceremony will air Feb. 28.
Below is a list of the nominees in the top categories.
Best Motion Picture
- Big Short
- Bridge of Spies
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- The Martian
- The Revenant
- George Miller (“Mad Max Fury Road”)
- Adam McKay (“The Big Short”)
- Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”)
- Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”)
- Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)
- Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”)
- Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”)
- Matt Damon (“The Martian”)
- Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”)
- Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)
- Cate Blanchett (“Carol”)
- Brie Larson (“Room”)
- Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”)
- Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”)
- Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)
Best Supporting Actor
- Christian Bale (“The Big Short”)
- Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”)
- Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”)
- Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)
- Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”)
Best Supporting Actress
- Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”)
- Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”)
- Rooney Mara (“Carol”)
- Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”)
- Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”)
- Bridge of Spies (Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Cohen)
- Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
- Inside Out (Peter Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley)
- Spotlight (Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy)
- Straight Outta Compton (Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff)
- The Big Short (Charles Randolph and Adam McKay)
- Brooklyn (Nick Hornby)
- Carol (Phyllis Nagy)
- The Martian (Drew Goddard)
- Room (Emma Donoghue)
Best Animated Feature
- Boy and the World
- Inside Out
- Shaun the Sheep Movie
- When Marnie Was There