We’re in the middle of award season, and that means its time for some Oscar nominations! “The Revenant,” the gritty tale of frontier vengeance, leads this year’s Oscar nominations, picking up 12 nods on Thursday for Best Picture, Best Director, and for the performances of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
It was followed closely behind by my favorite movie of 2015, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which earned ten nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director for George Miller. Yay!
As always, there were snubs and one of two surprises when the nominations were unveiled. Probably the biggest shock for me was the exclusion of “The Martian” director Ridley Scott. The legendary filmmaker was considered to be a contender to win, but to not even give him a nomination is just dumb.
And just like last year, ye olde Academy voters did not select a diverse group of nominees, something that I’m sure they’ll be hearing about today. None of the top acting or directing categories feature people of color despite some amazing work this year.
Anywho, if you missed the announcement this morning, here are the nominees in the main categories, and a thought or two about each one.
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
I think Best picture will come down to Mad Max, “The Martian” and probably “The Revenant.”
This one is Leo’s to lose, but if he does it will probably go to Matt Damon. Go Red Sox!
I CAN’T BELIVE CHARLIZE THERON GOT SNUBBED AGAIN!
But Brie Larson is gonna win this category anyway.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh with the easy win.
Best Supporting Actor:
Best Animated Film:
“Boy and the World”
“Shawn the Sheep”
“When Marnie was There”
“Minions” is the new “Lego Movie.”
Alejandro G. Inirritu
Miller! Miller! Miller! Miller! Miller!
Best Original Song:
“Earned It” (“50 Shades of Grey”)
“Manta Ray” (“Racing Extinction”)
“Simple Song #3” (“Youth”)
“Til It Happens to You” (“The Hunting Ground”)
“Writing’s on the Wall” (“Spectre”).
I am shocked, SHOCKED, that the “Spectre theme got a nomination. But it will probably lose to Lady Gaga.
The Oscars will air live on ABC on February 28. Chris Rock will return to host the program. He previously served as emcee for the 2005 show. And somewhere, Sean Penn is livid!