88th Academy Awards Nominees Announced
For Best Actor, the nominees are Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Matt Damon for The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl. It’s Cranston’s first Oscar nomination after winning 4 Emmy Awards as Lead Actor in Breaking Bad. It’s Damon’s third Oscar nomination for acting. Damon won an Oscar previously for writing Good Will Hunting. It’s DiCaprio’s fifth nomination for acting. He’s the presumptive winner. It’s Fassbender’s second Oscar nomination as well as Redmayne’s second. Redmayne won in this category last year for The Theory of Everything. Redmayne is also the youngest of the male actors.
For Best Actress, the nominees are Cate Blanchett for Carol, Brie Larson for Room, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years and Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn. This is Blanchett’s seventh time around. She’s won twice before for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine. It’s Larson’s first nomination and she’s the presumptive winner. Larson is also the youngest of the female actors. This is Lawrence’s fourth nomination. She won previously for Silver Linings Playbook. She could get the upset win. It’s also Rampling’s first Oscar nomination. She’s the eldest of the female actors. She’s a veteran, British actress who could be honored because of which. This is Ronan’s second time. She was nominated once before for Atonement.
For Best Supporting Actor, the nominees are Christian Bale for The Big Short, Tom Hardy for The Revenant, Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight, Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies and Sylvester Stallone for Creed. This is Bale’s third nom. He won for The Fighter. Hardy is a first-time nominee. Ruffalo is also a three-timer. Rylance is a first-timer and Stallone who is the eldest of the male actors was nominated for acting once before but nearly 40 years ago for Rocky, the same character for which he’s been nominated this time, which might be a first that an actor has been nominated for a sequel with that much time in between.
For Best Supporting Actress, the nominees are Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight, Rooney Mara for Carol, Rachel McAdams for Spotlight, Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl and Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs. Leigh is a first-timer. Mara was up once before for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. McAdams is a newbie too to the Oscars, as well as Vikander. However, Winslet is now a seventh-timer. She won previously for The Reader.
For Best Director, the nominees are Lenny Abrahamson for Room, Tom McCarthy for Spotlight, Adam McKay for The Big Short, George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for The Revenant. Abrahamson is an Irish filmmaker who gets an Oscar nod for his fifth feature. McCarthy is an actor from New Jersey turned filmmaker who gets an Oscar nod for his fifth feature too. McKay is from Philadelphia and is known for directing comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He also scored a second nod this year for writing The Big Short. Miller is the Australian filmmaker who was nominated before in various categories. He won Best Animated Feature for Happy Feet. This came after nominations for writing and directing Babe. He’s best known for directing the three previous Mad Max films. His nod for Mad Max: Fury Road might mark the first a director has been recognized for a sequel so far removed from its original. Inarritu is now a third-timer in this category. He won last year for Birdman.
For Best Animated Feature, the nominees are Anomalisa, Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie and When Marnie Was There. Pixar’s Inside Out is the presumptive winner. It will be the eighth time a Pixar film would have won in this category. Shaun the Sheep is from Aardman Animations, which won once before. When Marnie Was There is from Studio Ghibli, which also won once before. Boy and the World is the surprising nomination.
For Best Documentary Feature, the nominees are Amy, Cartel Land, The Look of Silence, What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire. I’ve seen all but one of the nominees here. Reviews are pending. Amy is probably the front-runner, but director Joshua Oppenheimer was thought to have been robbed two years ago when his film The Act of Killing lost to 20 Feet from Stardom, so his sequel to that, The Look of Silence, might be the Academy’s chance to right the wrong.
For Best Foreign-language Film, the nominees are Embrace the Serpent (Colombia), Mustang (France), Son of Saul (Hungary), Theeb (Jordan) and A War (Denmark). I’ve only seen one of the nominees here and my review for that is pending.
I posted my personal list of my favorite films, what I felt were the Best Movies of 2015. Only six of my favorites were nominated out of the 57 films recognized and only one of my favorites got nominated for Best Picture. I wrote reviews for most, if not all of the 8 Best-Picture nominees, and you can read them here: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight.
The 88th Academy Awards will be telecast on Sunday, February 28, 2016 with comedian Chris Rock as host on ABC.