2016 Oscar noms

2016 Oscar noms

This is very preliminary, almost live-blogging. ūüôā I’ll call out the geeky nominees as I catch them, sometimes shortening the names. After the announcements, I’ll formalize it more and add some comments.

First, some comments before the announcements. This could be a breakthrough year with geek-friendly (gf) movies getting nominations…or not. ūüėČ

  • Could we have four Best Picture nominees that are gf? That’s possible: The Martian; Mad Max: Fury Road; Star Wars: The Force Awakens; and Inside Out. Actually, Steve Jobs is also possible…so we could see half of the nominees gf. I think people may be disappointed in the lack of prestige noms for Mad Max, but pleased to see Star Wars nominated. Even more outside chances: Ex Machina; Macbeth…and I’m going to say it, Anomalisa
  • Acting noms for gf movies are rare, but there are a few possibilities here. Matt Damon for the Martian; Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs; Ian McKellan for Mr. Holmes are all possible for Best Actor…I don’t see a gf Best Actress nom as likely. However, I think that’s in part because of ¬†the possibility of putting gf acting into Supporting acting noms: Charlize Theron for Mad Max (and people would complain that it was a lead role); Daisy Ridley for Star Wars (and even louder complaints…J.J. Abrams has called her the main character); Alicia Vikander for Ex Machina (I think this is unlikely…I think she’ll be nominated for Best for The Danish Girl, and not here); Marion Cotillard for Macbeth; Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs (which seems very likely); Harrison Ford for Star Wars (I would consider this Supporting…it would be interesting to see two 1970s leads, Ford and Stallone, competing as Supporting); Seth Rogen for Steve Jobs; there are a few other Star Wars possibilities: Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and John Boyega…it Boyega got nominated and Ridley didn’t, it would be a tweetstorm. Many actors with geek cred will be nominated, because nowadays, that’s pretty much everybody ūüėČ
  • Screenplay sometimes widens the net…and I think there is an outside possibility of Ex Machina being nominated there. Steve Jobs for sure for adapted…and there may be some snarky suggestions that Star Wars: The Force Awakens should have been an adapted screenplay nom ūüėČ ; ¬†Inside Out may also get a nom
  • There will be some other gf noms…and the song category often gets us some otherwise headscratchers
  • Also worth noting: streaming services may get prestige noms…Netflix for Beasts of No Nation and Amazon for Chi-Raq

Getting close to the noms!

First thoughts after the announcements: I’ll complete the noms list below shortly…

  • Big love for Mad Max! Best Picture and Best Director!
  • People may be disappointed in the relative lack of Star Wars noms, although it did get a few
  • Ex Machina got some noms, including Original Screenplay
  • As I suggested above: acting in gf movies doesn’t tend to get noms
  • Nothing for the streamers. Update: Winter on Fire lists itself as being from Netflix, and was nominated for documentary feature
  • Steve Jobs didn’t get a screenplay nom
  • Snubbed: I’m surprised that these gf movies didn’t get any noms, not even technical or special effects
    • Jurassic World
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron
    • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (I really thought this could get a hair/makeup nom)
  • Beyond the geek: outside of Jennifer Lawrence (who gets awards and is our longest running Box Office MVP…one could argue that she may be the best person ever at making movies, in terms of combining respect and popular appeal), not much joy for Joy; the lack of diversity hashtags (for acting noms especially) will be flying! If you want to get a Best Actress nom, look for a movie with a one word title…one word and a number is also okay ūüėČ

Best Original Song

  • 50 Shades of Grey |¬†“Earned It” |¬†The Weeknd, Belly, Stephan Moccio
  • Racing Extinction |¬†“Manta Ray” |¬†J. Ralph, Antony Hegarty
  • Youth |¬†“Simple Song #3″|¬†David Lang
  • The Hunting Ground |¬†“Til It Happens to You” | Diane Warren, Lady Gaga
  • “Writing’s On The Wall” |¬†Sam Smith, James Napier |¬†Spectre (gf)

SFX (Special Effects)

  • Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett for Ex Machina gf
  • Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams for Mad Max: Fury Road gf
  • Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Steven Warner for The Martian gf
  • Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith, Cameron Waldbauer for The Revenant
  • Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould for Star Wars: The Force Awakens gf

Doc Short

  • David Darg, Bryn Mooser for Body Team 12
  • Courtney Marsh, Jerry Franck for War Within the Walls
  • Adam Benzine for Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
  • Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman for Last Day of Freedom

Doc Feature

  • Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees for Amy
  • Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin for Cartel Land
  • Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge S√łrensen The Look of Silence
  • Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Justin Wilkes for What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Evgeny Afineevsky, Den Tolmor for Winter on Fire


  • Hank Corwin for The Big Short
  • Margaret Sixel for Mad Max: Fury Road gf
  • Stephen Mirrione for The Revenant
  • Tom McArdle for Spotlight
  • Maryann Brandon for Star Wars: The Force Awakens gf

Sound Mixing

  • Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, Ben Osmo for Mad Max: Fury Road gf
  • Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth for The Martian gf
  • Jon Taylor, Frank A. Monta√Īo, Randy Thom, Chris Duesterdiek for The Revenant
  • Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Drew Kunin for¬†Bridge of Spies
  • Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson for Star Wars: The ¬†Force Awakens gf

Sound Editing

  • Alan Robert Murray for Sicario
  • Mark A. Mangini, David White for Mad Max: Fury Road gf
  • Mart√≠n Hern√°ndez, Lon Bender for The Revenant
  • Matthew Wood, David Acord for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Oliver Tarney for The Martian gf

Production Design

  • Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich for Bridge of Spies
  • Eve Stewart (?) for The Danish Girl
  • Colin Gibson, Katie Sharrock, Lisa Thompson for Mad Max: Fury Road gf
  • Arthur Max, Celia Bobak, Zolt√°n Horv√°th for The Martian gf
  • Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy for The Revenant

Live Action Short

  • Basil Khalil, Eric Dupont for Ave Maria
  • Henry Hughes for Day One
  • Patrick Vollrath for Everything Will Be OK (Alles Wird Gut)
  • Jamie Donoughue for Shok
  • Benjamin Cleary, Serena Armitage for Stutterer

Animated Short

  • Gabriel Osorio Vargas, Pato Escala Pierart for Bear Story (Historia de un Oso) gf¬†
  • Konstantin Bronzit for We Can’t Live without Cosmos (Mi ne Mozhem zhit bez Kosmosa) gf
  • Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton for Prologue gf
  • Sanjay Patel, Nicole Paradis Grindle for Sanjay’s Super Team gf
  • Don Hertzfeldt for World of Tomorrow gf

Best Animated Feature

  • Anomalisa gf
  • Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) gf
  • Inside Out gf
  • Shaun the Sheep gf
  • When Marnie Was There (Omoide no M√Ęn√ģ) gf

 Supporting ActorYea

  • Christian Bale for The Big Short
  • Tom Hardy for The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo for¬†Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone for¬†Creed

Supporting Actress

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

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, Damian Martin for Mad Max: Fury Road gf
  • Love Larson, Eva Von Bahr for The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Hundra√•ringen som klev ut genom f√∂nstret och f√∂rsvann)
  • Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini for The Revenant


  • Sandy Powell for Carol
  • Sandy Powell for Cinderella gf
  • Paco Delgado The Danish Girl
  • Jenny Deavan for Mad Max: Fury Road gf
  • Jacqueline West for The Revenant


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

Adapted Screenplay

  • Charles Randoph, Adam McKay for The Big Short
  • Nick Hornby for Brooklyn
  • Phyllis Nagy for Carol
  • Drew Goddard for The Martian gf
  • Emma Donoghue for Room

Original Screenplay

  • Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen for Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland for Ex Machina gf
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie Del Carmen for Inside Out gf
  • Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy for Spotlight
  • Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus for¬†Straight Outta Compton

Original Score

  • Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies
  • Carter Burwell for Carol
  • Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight
  • Sicario
  • John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens gf

Foreign Language

  • Colombia: Embrace of the Serpent
  • France: Mustang
  • Hungary: Son of Saul
  • Jordan: Theeb
  • Denmark: A War (Krigen)


  • Adam McKay for The Big Short
  • George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road gf
  • Alejandro Gonz√°lez I√Ī√°rritu for The Revenant
  • Lenny Abrahamson for Room
  • Tom McCarthy for Spotlight

Lead Actress

  • Kate Blanchett for Carol
  • Brie Larson for Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence for Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn

Lead Actor

  • Bryan Cranston for Trumbo
  • Matt Damon for The Martian gf
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs gf
  • Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl

Best Picture

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

Where can you legally stream any of these Oscar nominees without paying additional money (subscriptions required)?

Amazon Prime:

  • Ex Machina
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared


  • The Youth


  • Winter on Fire

2016 Oscar nominations video:

Complete list of nominees from the Academy website:


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