Oscars 2016: the nominations in full

And the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards are...

14 January 2016

The Revenant (2015)

The Leonardo DiCaprio frontier drama The Revenant leads the way with 12 nods after the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations. Its nominations include for best picture and best director, offering the chance for filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu to repeat last year’s Oscars success with Birdman. DiCaprio is nominated for best actor.

Mad Max: Fury Road takes second place with 10 nominations (including best picture, best director and numerous technical categories), with Ridley Scott’s The Martian on seven.

British successes include best picture nods for the BFI-backed drama Brooklyn (which is also nominated for Nick Hornby’s adapted screenplay) and The Martian. Brooklyn’s Irish star Saoirse Ronan is nominated for best actress, along with Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years (which also received BFI Film Fund backing). Eddie Redmayne is among the contenders for best actor for The Danish Girl. Kate Winslet is nominated for best supporting actress for Steve Jobs, while Christian Bale (The Big Short) and Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) are both up for supporting actor. Alex Garland’s British sci-fi film Ex Machina receives two nominations, for original screenplay and visual effects.

Eight films are competing for best picture, with Spotlight, The Big Short, Bridge of Spies and Room rounding out this category. Todd Haynes’s Carol is a surprising omission here, though it garnered six other nominations, including best actress for Cate Blanchett.

British animation Shaun the Sheep Movie is a contender for best animated film, facing competition from Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa and Pixar’s Inside Out.

Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI, said: “What is so thrilling about today’s Oscar nominations is seeing British films and talent included across almost every category, showing that Academy voters have recognised what we already know: Brits excel across all areas of filmmaking, from our celebrated on-screen talent to the creatives, technicians and craftspeople whose extraordinary skills bring stories to life on the big screen. I am over the moon that the BFI and indeed all the National Lottery players of the UK can feel especially proud of Brooklyn and 45 Years, which were supported through the BFI Film Fund and between them have garnered four nominations. My warmest congratulations to the UK’s nominees – we are rooting for you all!”

Brooklyn, Room, Trumbo, Anomalisa, Steve Jobs, Carol, When Marnie Was There, Youth and foreign language film contenders Son of Saul, Embrace of the Serpent and Theeb are among the nominated films that first screened to UK audiences at the BFI London Film Festival.

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
Brooklyn – 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
Room – Ed Guiney, Producer
Spotlight – Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Best actress

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

Best supporting actress

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

Best actor

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

Best supporting actor

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


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

Adapted screenplay

The Big Short – Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Brooklyn – Nick Hornby
Carol – Phyllis Nagy
The Martian – Drew Goddard
Room – Emma Donoghue

Original screenplay

Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Ex Machina – Alex Garland
Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Spotlight – Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff


Carol – Ed Lachman
The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario – Roger Deakins

Costume design

Carol – Sandy Powell
Cinderella – Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan
The Revenant – Jacqueline West

Best animated feature

Anomalisa – 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

Best documentary feature

Amy – 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

Best documentary short

Body Team 12 – David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, beyond 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


The Big Short – Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight – 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)

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


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 score

Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman
Carol – Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams

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)

Sound editing

Mad Max: Fury Road – Mark Mangini and David White
The Martian – Oliver Tarney
The Revenant – Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
Sicario – 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

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

Animated short film

Bear Story – Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Prologue – 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
Shok – Jamie Donoughue
Stutterer – Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

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