Oscar Nominations: 'The Revenant' & 'Mad Max' Lead Way; Leo Is In, Ridley Scott Is Not

Fox’s Leonardo DiCaprio frontier thriller The Revenant and Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s wild ride Mad Max: Fury Road led nominations this morning for the 88th Oscars. The list revealed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had a healthy mix of the expected and surprises as the awards season has officially hit its peak.

The Revenant earned a leading 12 noms, including Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who is back in both the Best Picture and Director race for the second year in a row after winning both categories for Birdman in 2015. This year’s director race is as interesting for who didn’t make the list as for who did: The Martian‘s Ridley Scott and Bridge Of Spies‘ Steven Spielberg are major names absent, though both of their films are up for Best Picture.

creed3Also on the Best Pic list: Mad Max, which roared to 10 noms overall including Best Director for George Miller and a host of craft categories. That movie seemed to get the most applause from the crowd at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater where the noms were unveiled, though nobody got more love in the room than Sylvester Stallone, who picked up a Supporting Actor nom for playing Rocky in Creed — his first Oscars noms since being up for Best Actor and Original Screenplay for Rocky in 1977.

The rest of the Best Picture noms: Paramount’s The Big Short, Disney/DreamWorks’ Bridge Of Spies, Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn, A24’s Room and Open Road’s Spotlight. The latter had been considered a front-runner most of the season and picked up six noms today, including Supporting Actor and Actress for Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, Director for Tom McCarthy and Original Screenplay for McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer.

Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan and Room‘s Brie Larson landed Best Actress noms along with Cate Blanchett for Carol, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy and Charlotte Rampling star warsfor 45 Years. On the Best Actor side: Trumbo‘s Bryan Cranston, The Martian‘s Matt Damon, Steve Jobs‘ Michael Fassbender, defending champ Eddie Redmayne of The Danish Girl and DiCaprio’s Revenant — he is cemented as the front-runner after talking Best Actor at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

Missing this year, as it was last year, was a nomination for any minority actor. That’s sure to be a concern of the Academy, which has sought to expand its membership base to embrace greater diversity. Deadline’s Pete Hammond reports that already there are whispers of a new catchphrase to match last year’s #OscarsSoWhite Twitter trend: “We Dream In White,” a play on the Oscars’ slogan this year “We Dream In Gold.”

As for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? The top-grossing movie in U.S. history snagged five noms: for Film Editing, John Williams’ score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Picture

The Big Short
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Bridge of Spies
Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

Mad Max: Fury Road
Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers

The Martian
Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers

The Revenant
Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers

Ed Guiney, Producer

Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

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


The Big Short, Adam McKay

Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller

The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Room, Lenny Abrahamson

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Film Editing

The Big Short
Hank Corwin

Mad Max: Fury Road
Margaret Sixel

The Revenant
Stephen Mirrione

Tom McArdle

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

Mustang (France)

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Theeb (Jordan)

A War (Denmark)

Original Score

Bridge of Spies
Thomas Newman

Carter Burwell

The Hateful Eight
Ennio Morricone

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Williams

Production Design

Bridge of Spies
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

The Danish Girl
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish

Mad Max: Fury Road
Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

The Martian
Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak

The Revenant
Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Visual Effects

Ex Machina
Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Mad Max: Fury Road
Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

The Martian
Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

The Revenant
Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short
Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Screenplay by Nick Hornby

Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

The Martian
Screenplay by Drew Goddard

Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies
Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Ex Machina
Written by Alex Garland

Inside Out
Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

Straight Outta Compton
Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Animated Feature Film

Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

Boy and the World
Alê Abreu

Inside Out
Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Shaun the Sheep Movie
Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

When Marnie Was There
Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura


Ed Lachman

The Hateful Eight
Robert Richardson

Mad Max: Fury Road
John Seale

The Revenant
Emmanuel Lubezki

Roger Deakins

Costume Design

Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell

The Danish Girl
Paco Delgado

Mad Max: Fury Road
Jenny Beavan

The Revenant
Jacqueline West

Documentary Feature
Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Cartel Land
Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

The Look of Silence
Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

What Happened, Miss Simone?
Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Documentary Short Subject

Body Team 12
David Darg and Bryn Mooser

Chau, Bbeyond the Lines
Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Adam Benzine

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Last Day of Freedom
Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road
Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

The Revenant
Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Original Song

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty

“Simple Song #3” from Youth
Music and Lyric by David Lang

“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Animated Short Film

Bear Story
Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

Sanjay’s Super Team
Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

We Can’t Live without Cosmos
Konstantin Bronzit

World of Tomorrow
Don Hertzfeldt

Live Action Short Film

Ave Maria
Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

Day One
Henry Hughes

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Patrick Vollrath

Jamie Donoughue

Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Mark Mangini and David White

The Martian
Oliver Tarney

The Revenant
Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

Alan Robert Murray

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

Mad Max: Fury Road
Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

The Martian
Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

The Revenant
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

    1. Yes. And if the Oscars hadn’t become so dominated by Oscar-bait dramas, she’d have been nominated for her spectacular performance in Hunger Games.

      1. I try telling this to people, but they just don’t get it. The Oscars only recognizes melodramatic dramas that usually span 2+ hours and only acknowledge other genres once in a great while – usually because of extreme hype from critics.

    2. Like Meryl Streep, she gets nominated every year whether she deserves it or not. If she went a year without making a movie, they’d just nominated her for some CCTV footage of her leaving a Starbucks. FACT.

    1. Compton was a fun nostalgic pic, but best picture? Same with Creed, it was pretty by the numbers, good, nostalgic, but nothing new or exceptional. Unless you are outright advocating affirmative action at the Oscars. If so, then go ahead and race bait away!

      1. I would say creed should have gotten a nomination for writing or directing. To rejuvenate a franchise, and establish a new one, while being tight and tense and very well made makes it worthy of nomination.

      2. Creed was an excellent movie regardless of any franchise connection. It has my vote for best picture, nomination or not.

      3. Clearly there already is affirmative action, Einstein. That’s all the race baiting you need to worry about. Brush up on those deflecting skills, thanks.

    2. Why are you surprised? Have you already forget about what happened to Selma last year? When your voting base is made of 90% old white people, your nominations reflect that.

      1. And did you already forget what movie won for Best Picture the year before last? A movie that won despite more than one academy voter admitting that they never saw the movie when they voted for it?

      2. SELMA was “just” a movie. Nothing extra. It was hoping for more hype for its PC theme, but no soap. Like “Spotlight,” its song was sung years ago and is now a crotchety anachronism.

      3. And if Selma got a nomination for every major category and won, the regressive left would still complain saying “they only like seeing us struggling.” That’s what was said with The Help and 12 Years a Slave. Actually, this was even said with Selma as well. Want better movies that don’t depict minorities as stereotypes or struggling? Go after the minority producers and directors who usually cast white people in the lead roles or make movies about racial struggles.

    3. Grow up. It’s an issue for people of other backgrounds too (which the media never elaborates on or explains). Where are the Asian actors? Where was Michelle Yeoh when Crouching Tiger came out? Where are Indian actors? Latinos? Remember this is a business and people’s careers (executives and filmmakers) and livelihoods are on the line when it comes to box office, potential revenue and bankable talent. Mexicans have certainly been representing in Best Director, but they’ve very much reflected these values in their casting.

    4. The best actors and the best films were nominated color plays no part that I can see. What if all nominated were of color? Could a white person speak up I think not.

    1. Yes, it is incredible how Jennifer Lawrence keeps getting nominated for her mediocre performances. Joy was ridiculous and she was unbelievable in the role.

  1. It’s AMAZING how films like “Bridge of Spies” and “The Martian” somehow manage to direct themselves!

      1. Actually all of them. THE REVENANT was a Terrence Malick ripoff and for all it’s ‘authenticity’ wasn’t historically authentic and MAD MAX was a second unit masterpiece without a story.The others are simply not Oscar worthy.

        1. I’m sorry, but in no way do Spielberg or Scott deserve a nomination, nor do their films. The Martian and Bridge of Spies are both above-average but pale in comparison to the enormity and emotional resonance of “The Revenant” and “Room.” “The Revenant” was certainly inspired by the aesthetic and spiritual existentialism of recent Malick films, but forges an identity all its own. It’s a simple survival/revenge tale classically told without having to rely on a sci-fi/fantasy hook to bring in audiences, unlike crushingly insipid studio fare like “Avengers” and “Star Wars.”

          Additionally, “Mad Max” is about as old school as one can get. No story? It’s a madcap Buster Keaton actioner that utilizes the most pure and essential components of storytelling to build a universe without resorting to banal exposition. It didn’t even need dialogue. It’s a silent film with a heavy metal soundtrack that is perhaps the most energetic, rambunctiously creative and relentlessly kinetic storytelling experience ever committed to film.

          If we’re talking true snubs, where is Michael Shannon for the amazing “99 Homes”? Where is Sarah Silverman for “I Smile Back”? Where is Paul Dano for “Love and Mercy?” Where is Ben Mendelsohn for “Mississippi Grind”? Of course, being that smaller distributors put these films out, they never stood a chance of breaking through the clutter. The point is, vanilla Oscar bait with studio distributors is ALWAYS nominated because they can afford to mount massively expensive campaigns. This has been one of the best years for cinema in recent memory, but not for the collection of films people think.

  2. Happy that Shaun The Sheep, The Big Short and Spotlight made it through.
    Surprised The Martian made it through for Best Picture, even thought I truly enjoyed it.
    No shock Fury Road made it through. Might be the weakest of the Best Picture nominees IMO.
    Bridge of Spies, Room and Brooklyn I’d never thought would make it. Though Straight Outta Compton or Creed would make it.
    It seems like they nominated Jennifer Lawrence by default at this point either that or they did just because.

    Overall, not that much going on for the Oscars this year.

  3. Couldn’t be happier for George Miller! He pulled off one of the most difficult challenges in genre filmmaking ever. It might not be the best film, but I think its hard to argue there was a bigger directing achievement this year.

    1. And unlike certain other directors that also took on difficult challenges this year, George Miller made it look effortless and graceful. Truly a miracle of cinema.

  4. Going in, I audibly exclaimed, “If Jacob Tremblay gets a tough snub, I WILL scream into my pillow.” Scream I did, gents. How is he going to look everyone in the eye this morning in his first grade class? Next, I took a shower whilst nibbling on a piece of sourdough bread before I digested the rest of the nom nom noms (hehe). Some takeaways: Where in the hell is Jason Eisenberg from Superman? No Trainwreck love? Trainyuck! No Lady Gaga? No Amy Adams? No Bradley Coop Dreams from Burned? No Daisy Ridley or her father Scott Ridley? God DAMN this list! I’m going back to bed and dreaming of the real list of noms aka list of numbs because every actor was a corpse onscreen this year minus Tom Hanks.

    1. Your posting might have actually been funny if you got the facts right. It’s Jesse Eisenberg, it’s Batman vs Superman and the film doesn’t come out until this spring.

  5. Wow, The Danish Girl was seriously snubbed. No Best Picture, no Director, not even Makeup & Hairstyling, but The Revnant does. Pathetic. I’m Completely disgusted.

    1. Danish Girl was a swing and a miss for Hooper. It’s a handsome film, but rather dull in comparison to some of his others. Would’ve liked to see Tangerine up for Best Picture instead.

    2. I like movies for grown ups not children. These are the ones people line up for around the block. The Danish girl was snubbed. Go back and read it again.
      Selma was good I did not care for12 Years a slave; because the guy who plays Steve Jobs was nominated for it and he is terrible.
      He is nominated again.
      Malcolm X should have been nominated. Spike Lee should have won best Director and producer.

  6. Stallone over Idris Elba is a travesty. Jennifer Lawrence has to be the most overrated actress in history at this point. Also would have liked to seen some Love and Mercy get best sound design, maybe a nod for Paul Dano. Tara tine deserved a best original screenplay nom.

  7. So happy that Earned it got nominated for best song — such a great mix of old and new style of music. Very happy for Charlotte Rampling! Too bad there were not nominations for Truth and 99 homes– two very great films

  8. I simply do NOT get the Revenant being nominated for anything but cinematography. It’s a travelogue, not a movie. It is, as a story, terrible.

  9. Hmmm, now let’s see, which name doesn’t belong here?

    Christian Bale

    Tom Hardy

    Mark Ruffalo

    Mark Rylance

    sylvester stallone

    If either Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Mark Ruffalo or Mark Rylance wins the Oscar, it will be a GREAT day for REAL actors everywhere. Those are four great actors who also take risks in making movies that make a difference and don’t just rehash the same story over and over and over with zero regard for originality. Those four actor’s are REAL risk-takers who by doing their parts keep the heart of REAL cinema alive. Oh, I almost forgot to mention stallone….gee, what a beautiful family he brought to show off at the Golden Globes, eh?

    1. I’m glad Sylvester Stallone is on there. Bale is a twat ever since his meltdown on the set of ‘Terminator: Salvation’. Anytime anyone brings up his name in the same sentence as “good or “great” I play them the recording of his meltdown. And I remind them of that shitty film ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’.

      So more power to you Sylvester Stallone.

  10. They really picked Sylvester Stallone over Idris Elba and Michael Shannon. Sad. And Jennifer does it again. Its clear everyone loves her personality. They love that she gives great interviews. She charms her way into getting nominated. She has fantastic publicists. However I consider her Kardashian. All hype and no substance.

  11. I’d like to know what everyone has been smoking when they watch Mad Max. IMO, it was a tedious film that went nowhere. Tom Hardy was a big zero as Max. If it wins Best Picture it would be the worst pick since Crash.

  12. I’m so tired of getting told by awards which movies are the best when most are disappointing when eventually the majority of people attend it would have had bigger box office if it’s so great, Small movies that are great and deserve awards. Not an award just because a movie is strange and weird.  

  13. Congrats everybody! Y’all deserve it!! :D ESPECIALLY YOU ADAM MCKAY! :D I mean, to present such a seemingly beyond-dull topic in such an incredibly gripping way is a feat in itself! Amazinggg film. And one that I’m so grateful for as well. What Wall St. & our politicians have been up to is insane!!! A democracy is a form of gov. by & for the people. It’s not going to maintain itself. And there’s nothing more dangerous than people be not caring (or remaining ignorant) about what’s going on. And so, thank you, Mr. McKay, for making a movie to help us regular peeps understand what’s up. (You’re my hero!!)

  14. Perhaps the actors weren’t nominated because their performances were not up to par in the estimation of the voters…without regard for political correctness? Is that not a possibility? Also, most of those films nominated for Best Picture had severe shortcomings.

    1. Wow, could this be right……no films of color nominated…..I guess that we do need the TOKEN film of color, just to be PC ………that is racist I think and stupid.

      Jen Law is another Merill streep in the making, excellent . Mad Max over Creed is just wrong in my opinion.

  15. Where’s all the indignation about leaving out Latino, Asian and other minority actors? Diversity isn’t just a black issue. Any, yes, there will be years when the work just doesn’t resonate.

  16. Johnny Depp and Michael Keaton were snubbed, Why was Eddie Redyman in the running. I hope he does not win for playing a transgender. I am tried of causes.
    I hope Leo wins.

    1. Eddie Redmayne is up because he gives an outstanding performance in The Danish Girl, easily one of this (or any other) years best. Your prejudice is glaringly obvious.

  17. What’s as asinine as the clowns at HFPA positioning “The Martian” and “The Big Short” in the Golden Globes’ Best Comedy or Musical category? “The Danish Girl’s” lead actress, Alicia Vikander, and “The Hateful Eight’s” lead female, Jennifer Jason Leigh, unbelievably and inexcusably being categorized by Oscar as supporting.
    In “The Danish Girl” Vikander is by her spouse’s side every minute, every step of the way, from the first frame, to the Danish girl’s dying, last breath. While “The Hateful Eight” is a true ensemble, it’s Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character being front and center, since the whole point is Kurt Russell’s character getting her to the gallows and her buddies doing everything to prevent that. This female outlaw is significant and evident, every step of the way, in each of the many (designated) acts.
    I offer no suggestions as to whom of the five worthy announced candidates in lead actress they’d replace. Just that: 1) the Academy appears blind, 2) the categories are easily manipulated, 3) there’s too many stupid people in this process, with no one equipped with brains to step in and prevent this.
    Ask anyone — general public or those in the industry — exiting the theaters where “The Danish Girl” and “The Hateful Eight” are screening if these front-and-center characters played by Alicia Viikander and Jennifer Jason Leigh are supporting roles and the answer will be “Do I look stupid?! No way!” IMO.

  18. No Carol for Best Film? Two acting noms, screenplay, and cinematography yet somehow Haynes movies must be too subtle and graceful for the Academy to fully appreciate. Easily one of the top three films of last year. Looks like they chose Room over it in film and director tsk, tsk. Chris Rock is going to have a field day with the blizzard of white.

  19. I want sci-fi all the way. Miller for best director, Ridley for best picture, Garfield for best original screenplay. How often do you get a solid list of genre work to honor…by the frickin’ Academy?! C’mon guys.

    Tarentino needs to learn one of the essential skills in screenwriting – KNOWING WHAT TO CUT. That’s why he got dissed.

    Compton – four assholes write a song called “Fuck the police.” And that’s the sanitized version. PASS.

    Concussion. If there is one thing I hate more than awards bait, art-house cinema that no one remembers two days after Oscar night, it’s “activist cinema.” “Oh dear me, football is bad! Stop playing, stop watching!” UP YOURS. I’ll throw Carol, Danish Girl, and Spotlight on this list too. Gay marriage is legal, get your license and shut up. Transgenders are gross, and BRUCE JENNER in drag at the ESPYS is a publicity stunt gone wrong. As for Spotlight, the news media is just as slimy as a horny priest.

    As for The Revenant and that over-rated prima-donna Iñárritu, if I want to watch strange visions I’ll watch Terrence Malik. If I want to see an animal gutted so someone can crawl inside to stay warm, I got The Empire Strikes Back on DVD. “as a director, if I identify a violin that is out of tune, I have to take that from the orchestra.”
    Oh god, what a dick.

    R.I.P. Alan Rickman – the TRUE best supporting actor for the TRUE best film of 1988 – Die Hard.

    Yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker.

  20. DiCaprio deserves this nomination and I hope he wins. He should have won a “Best Actor” oscar long before now!

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