Oscar 2016 nominations: will Iñárritu walk away with the big prize, two years in a row?

by Fab Poller

The Academy announced the nominations on Thursday morning,

Academy_Award_trophyThe Revenant leads the race with 12 nominations giving another nod to Director Alejandro González Iñárritu who has now scored major nominations (and wins) two years in row (Iñárritu won Best Director and Best Film last year for “Birdman”). The fact that “The revenant is leading with 12 nominations including best actor, raises the question: Will Di Caprio finally get to hold the golden statuette as this is now his fifth nomination.

There will be seven best picture nominees to join “The Revenant”: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Bridge of Spies,” “Spotlight,” “The Big Short,” “The Martian,” “Brooklyn” and “Room.” Notably not among them: “Straight Outta Compton” and “Carol,” both of which were pegged to make the cut by awards handicappers.

With 10 nominations, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” was the second most-honored film, although most of its support came from technical areas, like film editing, costume design and makeup and hairstyling. Behind “Fury Road” came “The Martian,” with seven nominations – although its director, Ridley Scott, was prominently snubbed – and “Spotlight,” with six, including nods for its director, Tom McCarthy, and two of its supporting actors, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.

Also looking at the almost only white list of nominees this the damning hastag #OscarsSoWhite that made the rounds last year, will most likely be revived. No “straight out of compton” despite its success at the Box Office, No Idris Elba etc..19546301-mmmain

And of course with each year’s nominations comes the often incomprehensible “snubbing list” of perfectly valid competitors: Todd Haynes drama about lesbian romance in the 1950s,did not get an expected best picture slot. Nor did Quentin Tarantino get a nomination for his screenplay for “The Hateful Eight.”
Even more baffling, Director Ridley Scott, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday for “The Martian,” won no love, or nomination, from the Academy for directing that film (which did, however, get a best picture slot). In other words as far as the The Academy is concerned “the Martian” has no director!!

Here is the list of nominess:

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

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

Best Actor
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian as Mark Watney
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant as Hugh Glass
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe / Einar Wegener

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Big Short as Michael Burry
Tom Hardy – The Revenant as John Fitzgerald
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight as Michael Rezendes
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel
Sylvester Stallone – Creed as Rocky Balboa

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett – Carol as Carol Aird
Brie Larson – Room as Joy “Ma” Newsome
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy as Joy Mangano
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years as Kate Mercer
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight as Daisy Domergue
Rooney Mara – Carol as Therese Belivet
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight as Sacha Pfeiffer
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman

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

see full list here: http://oscar.go.com/
The 88th Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on ABC, Feb. 28

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