Awards · Film

The 88th Academy Awards Nominations & Biggest Surprises/Snubs


Stay tuned for my predictions right before Hollywood’s biggest night airs on February 28th on ABC hosted by Chris Rock!

Best Picture

The Big Short
– Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
Bridge of Spies– Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Brooklyn– Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Mad Max: Fury Road– Doug Mitchell and George Miller
The Martian– Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam
The Revenant– Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon
Room– Ed Guiney
Spotlight– Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust

Biggest Surprise: Bridge of Spies
Biggest Snub: Carol

Best 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

Biggest Surprise: Bryan Cranston
Biggest Snub: Michael Caine- Youth

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett– Carol
Brie Larson– Room
Jennifer Lawrence– Joy
Charlotte Rampling– 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan– Brooklyn

Biggest Surprise: Jennifer Lawrance
Biggest Snub: Charlize Theron- Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale– The Big Short
Tom Hardy– The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo– Spotlight
Mark Rylance– The Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone– Creed

Biggest Surprise: Mark Ruffalo
Biggest Snub: Idris Elba- Beasts of No Nation

Best 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

Biggest Surprise: Rachel McAdams
Biggest Snub: Jane Fonda- Youth

Best Achievement in Directing

Adam McKay– The Big Short
George Miller– Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu– The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson– Room
Tom McCarthy– Spotlight

Biggest Surprise: Adam Mckay
Biggest Snub: Ridley Scott- The Martian

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies– Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Ex Machina– Alex Garland
Inside Out Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Spotlight Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Biggest Surprise: Ex Machina
Biggest Snub: The Hateful Eight- Quentin Tarantino

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short– Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Brooklyn– Nick Hornby
Carol– Phyllis Nagy
The Martian– Drew Goddard
Room– Emma Donoghue

Biggest Surprise: Carol
Biggest Snub: Steve Jobs- Aaron Sorkin

Best Animated Film

Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shawn the Sheep Movie
When Marley Was There

Biggest Surprise: When Marley Was There
Biggest Snub: The Good Dinosaur

Best Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent– Colombia
Mustang- France
Son of Saul– Hungary
Theeb– Jordan
A War– Denmark

Biggest Surprise: Embrace of the Serpent
Biggest Snub: Viva- Ireland

Best 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 DenTolmor

Biggest Surprise: Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Biggest Snub: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief- Alex Gibney

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Carol– Ed Lachman
The Hateful Eight– Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road– John Seale
The Revenant– Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario– Roger Deakins

Biggest Surprise: The Hateful Eight
Biggest Snub: Bridge of Spies- Janusz Kaminski

Best Achievement in 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

Biggest Surprise: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Biggest Snub: The Martian

Best 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

Biggest Surprise: The Revenant
Biggest Snub: Carol

Best Costume Design

Carol– Sandy Powell
Cinderella– Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl– Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road– Jenny Beavan
The Revenant– Jacqueline West

Biggest Surprise: The Revenant
Biggest Snub: Brooklyn

Best Original Score

Thomas Newman– Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell– Carol
Ennio Morricone– The Hateful Eight
Jóhann Jóhannsson– Sicario
John Williams– Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Biggest Surprise: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Biggest Snub: Alexandre Desplat- The Danish Girl

Best Original Song

“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction J. Ralph and Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song #3,” Youth David Lang
“‘Til It Happens to You,” The Haunting Ground Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writings on the Wall,” Spectre Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Biggest Surprise: “Manta Ray”
Biggest Snub: “See You Again”- Furious 7

Best 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

Biggest Surprise: Ex Machina
Biggest Snub: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Best 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

Biggest Surprise: Bridge of Spies
Biggest Snub: Straigh Outta Compton

Best 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

Biggest Surprise: Sicario
Biggest Snub: Jurassic World

Best 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

Biggest Surprise: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Biggest Snub: Black Mass

Best Documentary Short Film

Body Team 12– David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond 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

Biggest Surprise: Chau, Beyond the Lines
Biggest Snub: N/A

Best 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

Biggest Surprise: Bear Story
Biggest Snub: N/A

Best 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

Biggest Surprise: N/A
Biggest Snub: N/A



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