Oscar Derby: The Nominees Are Announced!

Mostly as expected, but with a couple crunchy surprises!

The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced this morning.

Once again we find ourselves with a very white spread of nominees. To which I will sit and knock my head on the desk because I am at a loss with how ridiculous this is.

We’re sitting at 8 nominations for Best Picture this year. Prognostications are already flying, and the yearly talk of “snubs” are rolling in. Generally speaking I refrain from climbing on too many “snubbed!” wagons, mostly because there are so many terrific performances in any given year that this is just the way the sport shakes out (yes, the Oscars is sport more than anything.) Calling “snubbed!” out on any category, while a legitimate way to exorcise film fan feels, is otherwise pointless. Again, let’s not pretend that these awards represent any true and ultimate declaration of “The Best.” Although I admit it would have been nice to see Creed represented beyond Stallone… Michael B. Jordan, your day will come (hopefully).

Anyway. Let’s get this started. Below is the complete list of nominees, with reactions added.

 

BEST PICTURE

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

Well go Mad Max: Fury Road. All totaled it has 10 nominations this year which is wonderful and refreshing.

Obligatory statement on how The Revenant is leading in total nominations with 12.

No Carol. Which is a bit of a “huh.” But then again… see below…

 

BEST DIRECTOR

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

No Todd Haynes. He wasn’t on the DGA list (whereas McKay was). But on the DGA list and not here? Ridley Scott.

So hello, Lenny Abrahamson! I hear your movie is very good. I have yet to see it.

 

BEST ACTOR

Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

**sits down to watch Damon and DiCaprio duke this out — the fight between Survival Picture: Orange Hued Edition and Survival Picture: Blue Hued Edition… all while Fassbender sits to the side, laughing at them and sipping on scotch, waiting patiently. Oh, and Cranston is off doing something else anyway… and Eddie Redmayne observes Damon & DiCaprio from the shadows, chin trembling as he quietly cries because he knows his time has passed**

Actually this is interesting because Damon has no SAG nomination this year, whereas the rest of the nominees here do.

Honestly, nothing is probably going to stop the DiCaprio pity well-deserved recognition train…

 

BEST ACTRESS

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

Charlotte Rampling, making a surprise showing! She was left out of BAFTAs and now finds herself here of all places, essentially replacing the Helen Mirren spot. The Academy knows veteran British actresses are not completely interchangeable, right?

The rest is as expected.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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

WHOA TOM HARDY WHERE DID YOU COME FROM??

Ah yes, The Supporting Actor Category: Always Here to Fuck w/ You…

Wait… I don’t see Domhnall Gleeson… SNUBBED I SAY!!!

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

It’s a solid showing. Nothing funny or interesting to say.

Next!

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer (Spotlight)
Matt Charman, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Bridge of Spies)
Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savage & Alan Wenkus (Straight Outta Compton)
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve & Josh Cooley (Inside Out)
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

Screenplay nomination for Straight Outta Compton?? That’s pretty great. But, uh, does the Academy know nominating this for screenplay isn’t some diversity magic by which we forget the rest of their nominees are very not diverse?

Inside Out makes it into Best Screenplay… … really? Don’t get me wrong, a lowly lowly animated film getting a screenplay nom like a real boy is cool and all, but… are we sure about this?

I may have squeaked a little about Alex Garland making it in there.

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Emma Donahue (Room)
Drew Goddard (The Martian)
Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (The Big Short)
Phyllis Nagy (Carol)

Hm. Perhaps by calling to attention Mr. Sorkin’s Faustian bargain, I have in fact rendered it null…

And huzzah! Two ladies nominated!

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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

It’s going to be difficult for anyone to unseat Lubezki in this arena. In the case of The Revenant there’s just too much crazy-person ambition on top of the skill.

 

BEST FILM EDITING

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

And we have the first of the Force Awakens noms sneaking in here. Although it is a bit bizarre to see it in Best Editing.

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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

Aw. It’s so quaint to see Ex Machina in here. It’s giving me warm fuzzier and I’m going to just appreciate it for a moment before I am crushed under the knowledge that it doesn’t stand a chance in this pack…

… …

Ok done. Next!

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

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

No Crimson Peak after all! Genuinely surprised by that. Neither is Carol in the showing here. But hey! Fury Road is! I got one!

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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

Oh hey there, Cinderella… To be honest I completely forgot about you! But this does makes sense, I suppose. You did have very pretty costumes, and you did put Richard Madden in very tight pants.

 

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

The Revenant
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
Mad Max: Fury Road

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Carter Burwell (Carol)
Johann Johannson (Sicario)
Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)
Thomas Newman (Bridge of Spies)
John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Huh. Of all the places for Sicario to get anything… Okey dokey.

Next!

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Earned It” (Fifty Shades of Grey)
“Manta Ray” (Racing Extinction)
“Til It Happens to You” (The Hunting Ground)
“Simple Song #3” (Youth)
“Writing’s On the Wall” (Spectre) 

Sam Smith continues to baffle me.

I got nothin’ else. Next!

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

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

Yeah we’re at the sound awards now and though I probably could cobble together coherent opinions on this, I still have not had coffee yet and thus my brain is starting to revolt…

“Because movies have sounds usually” is the best I have right now.

 

BEST SOUND MIXING

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

See above. 

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

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

Look at these four other completely deserving nominees forced to be pitted against sure-to-be-winner Son of Saul.

 

And now for the rest of the nominees that I either cannot work up the energy to continue commenting on, or honestly can’t comment because I am not familiar enough with any of them!

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Inside Out
Anomalisa
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Boy and the World
When Marnie Was There

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of Shoah
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
Shok
Stutterer

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

 

 

Next time I see you it will be as we kick off the stretch of various guild awards! The PGAs, SAGs, DGAs will start to paint a better picture of how the various voting pools are leaning.

The Producer’s Guild will be first up on January 23rd, so I will see you again on Monday, January 25th!