88th Annual Academy Awards – full nominees list for 2016 Oscars & our picks to win

88th Annual Academy Awards – full nominees list for 2016 Oscars & our picks to win


The Oscars are coming up fast, and today we received the full list of nominees for all the Academy Award categories. Some of you may have watched the video LIVE with us if you were up early – see the embed below.  This was how they read them off:

At 5:30 a.m. PT, Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

At 5:38 a.m. PT, John Krasinski and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay.

We’ve now posted the full list so you can check out that and share your thoughts in the comments below.  We’ve also noted our picks to win in green.  Remember, our “picks” are what we think will win, not necessarily what we want to win.  No surprised that both THE REVENANT and THE DANISH GIRL got a nomination in almost every category, and it was fun to see MAD MAX: FURY ROAD received a Best Picture nomination.  Anything you think got snubbed?  Anything that probably shouldn’t be on this list?  Let us know in the comments!

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Revenant – our pick to WIN!
Bridge of Spies
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Big Short

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston for Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant – our pick to WIN!
Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl
Matt Damon for The Martian

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett for Carol
Brie Larson for Room – our pick to WIN!
Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn
Jennifer Lawrence for Joy
Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone for Creed – our pick to WIN!
Tom Hardy for The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight
Christian Bale for The Big Short

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight
Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs – our pick to WIN!
Rachel McAdams for Spotlight
Rooney Mara for Carol

Best Achievement in Directing
Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant – our pick to WIN!
Tom McCarthy for Spotlight
George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson for Room
Adam McKay for The Big Short

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Ex Machina – Alex Garland
Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie Del Carmen
Spotlight – Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy – our pick to WIN!
Straight Outta Compton – Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
The Big Short – Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
Brooklyn – Nick Hornby
The Martian – Drew Goddard
Room – Emma Donoghue – our pick to WIN!
Carol – Phyllis Nagy

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Bakemono no ko
Inside Out – our pick to WIN!
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Omoide no Mânî

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
El abrazo de la serpiente – Ciro Guerra
Krigen – Tobias Lindholm
Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Saul fia – László Nemes – our pick to WIN!
Theeb – Naji Abu Nowar

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Carol – Edward Lachman
The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki – our pick to WIN!
Sicario – Roger Deakins

Best Achievement in Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
The Big Short – Hank Corwin
Spotlight – Tom McArdle
The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione – our pick to WIN!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Maryann Brandon

Best Achievement in Production Design
Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich
Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson, Katie Sharrock, Lisa Thompson
The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak, Zoltán Horváth – our pick to WIN!
The Revenant – Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy
The Danish Girl

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Carol – Sandy Powell – our pick to WIN!
Cinderella – Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan
The Revenant – Jacqueline West

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road – Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, Damian Martin – our pick to WIN!
Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann – Love Larson, Eva Von Bahr
The Revenant – Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Carol – Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone – our pick to WIN!
Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams
Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Spectre “Writing’s On The Wall” – Sam Smith, James Napier – our pick to WIN!
Youth “Simple Song #3” – David Lang
Fifty Shades of Grey “Earned It” – The Hunting Ground
The Hunting Ground “Til It Happens to You”
Racing Extinction “Manta Ray”

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant – our pick to WIN!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant – our pick to WIN!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian – our pick to WIN!
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Documentary, Feature
Amy – our pick to WIN!
Cartel Land
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire
The Look of Silence

Best Documentary, Short Subject
Body Team 12
War Within the Walls
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

Best Short Film, Animated
Sanjay’s Super Team – Sanjay Patel
World of Tomorrow – Don Hertzfeldt – our pick to WIN!

Best Short Film, Live Action
Ave Maria – Basil Khalil
Day One – Henry Hughes
Alles wird gut – Patrick Vollrath
Shok – Jamie Donoughue
Stutterer – Benjamin Cleary

The Oscars will air Sunday, February 28, 2015 on ABC – 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.