2016 Oscar Noms

The nominations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards – aka The Oscars – were released Thursday morning, following Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards. As was expected, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Leo DiCaprio flick The Revenant and Ridley Scott’s The Martian (both of which took home “Best Picture” honors at The Golden Globes) lead the Oscar nominees, with both films going toe to toe for the night’s biggest honor, Best Picture.

The biggest question, of course, is whether or not The Revenant will earn Leonardo DiCaprio his first Best Actor Oscar. Having been the equivalent of “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” in the Best Actor category for a while now, many are hoping DiCaprio’s stellar performance in the film (albeit not his best EVER performance) is enough to seal the deal.

Pixar also looks to get a back-to-back win with Inside Out, after it took Best Animated Feature last year for the much-praised Big Hero 6. But the big elephant in the room, perhaps, is the omission of Black faces. Actually, of no faces of color, period (save director Iñárritu). CREED‘s sole nomination is for Sylvester Stallone in the Best Supporting Actor category, but neither its director (Ryan Coogler) nor its lead actor (Michael B. Jordan) were recognized. Straight Outta Compton‘s F. Gary Gray wasn’t considered for Best Director, but it is nominated for Best Original Screenplay – albeit from a script drafted by mostly white writers. Even the Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? – up for Best Documentary Feature – is helmed by a white director.

The absence of colorful faces at the Academy Awards is far from new, but it is a bit more obvious this year given that, in the past two years, at least, Black directors were nominated for Best Director (Ava DuVernay and Steve McQueen). It makes one wonder when, if ever, the Oscars will see a greater presence of Black, brown, and even Asian-American faces. Or, perhaps the larger question is, have we given value to something to that doesn’t value us very much?

Nonetheless, the 88th Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, February 28th. Take a look at the nominees down below.

Best Picture

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

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Director

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

Best Animated Feature Film

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

Best Costume Design

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

Best Documentary

Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire

Best Documentary Short

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

Best Makeup/Hair Styling

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best Original Song

The Weeknd, “Earned It” (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Antony & J. Ralph , “Manta Ray” (Racing Extinction)
David Lang, “Simple Song #3” (Youth)
Lady Gaga & Diane Warren, “Til It Happens to You” (The Hunting Ground)
Sam Smith, “Writing’s on the Wall” (Spectre)

Best Animated Short

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

Best Sound Editing

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

Best Film Editing

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

Best Original Score

Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Production Design

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

Best Visual Effects

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton