2016 Oscar Nominees

Here are the 2016 Academy Awards nominees of genre interest.

Best Picture

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Doug Mitchell and George Miller
  • The Martian, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam

Best Actor

  • Matt Damon, The Martian

Best Directing

  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Film Editing            

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best Original Score

  • John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Production Design

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
  • The Martian, Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak

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

Best Original Screenplay

  • Ex Machina, Alex Garland
  • Inside Out, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • The Martian, Drew Goddard

Best Animated Feature Film

  • 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 Cinematography                      

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale

Best Costume Design

  • Cinderella, Sandy Powell
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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

Best 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

Best Sound Editing

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White
  • The Martian, Oliver Tarney
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord

Best Sound Mixing

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
  • The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson


15 thoughts on “2016 Oscar Nominees

  1. I’m actually pretty happy with the Animated Feature and Short nominees. I’d change out one feature (don’t know which one) for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet and I’m disappointed that neither of the NFBC choices made the final five, but Short is actually quite good.

  2. I know “it’s just an honor to be nominated” has been a cliche since before I was born, but in some cases I thinks that’s true and the best we can hope for for SFF movies.

    (“They’re popular and get all the money! Why don’t they get the awards, too! Typical liberal Hollywood establishment cabal!”)

    For example, I’m pleased that Mad Max: Fury Road, which was released in May, is still nominated for awards. That suggests it stayed with the voters who normally go for those movies released at the end of the year. (More so for Cinderella which came out in March and still managed a costume nomination.) Or Ex Machina, which probably had a total budget lower than what Star Wars spent on trailers, is nominated for Visual Effects.

    So this is a triumph. I’m making a note here: Huge success.

  3. I’m hoping this will be Ennio Morricone’s year. (His score for The Hateful Eight is a brooding delight.) Jennifer Jason Leigh deserves Supporting Actress and Miller should get Best Director.

  4. Any thoughts on Hateful Eight? I have only heard one person talking about it and they HATED it. Too much N-word, she couldn’t stand it (and was there with her teenage son) so they left.

  5. Best screenplay, Ex Machina? As if! Man, I was rolling my eyes so hard all the way through that. Talk about Hollywood boilerplate.

    I blurted out the ending about a quarter way through the first time I saw it. Good thing it was Netflix, I’d have been disgusted if I paid for it.

    This is the kind of nomination that has most people doing something other than watch the Oscars.

  6. The Martian was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

    Would’ve liked to see Charlize Theron get a nom for Furiousa, but haven’t watched the other actress nominees so it’s just a generic preference at this time

  7. @cmm
    I left halfway through the Hateful Eight for a variety of reasons

    Firstly overuse of N- within the script to the point it felt like he was trolling his critics. Then you contrast this with a scene that has the potential to be as disturbing and he came up with childish ways to say the same thing in different ways. Comparing this approach with the first lead me to believe this was not artistry but trolling.

    Secondly, the 8 Deadly Words came into play. The characters being portrayed are without merit, compassion, or decency. I found myself disliking all of them.

    Thirdly, for a 70mm film I don’t think he used it effectively so that was disappointing as well.

  8. Any thoughts on Hateful Eight? I have only heard one person talking about it and they HATED it. Too much N-word, she couldn’t stand it (and was there with her teenage son) so they left.

    Loved it. Only movie I saw this year that made me want to immediately watch it again.

    Great script. Wonderful cinematography, loopy, luxurious storytelling that lets all the actors (even the minor players) get to make an impression. It’s hard to imagine an actor being offered a role in a Tarantino picture and turning it down; they’ll have so much fun and have great stuff to work with…

  9. Any thoughts on Hateful Eight? I have only heard one person talking about it and they HATED it. Too much N-word, she couldn’t stand it (and was there with her teenage son) so they left.

    I… appreciated the film. It is certainly a far more serious picture than I expected, after enjoying Tarantino’s revisionist histories (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) and the gee whiz pop culture idolizing displayed in Kill Bill.

    I was taken aback by just how incredibly angry the film was, though. There is not a likable character amongst the primary hateful eight, and the few sympathetic innocents Tarantino does pepper his scenario with (stagecoach driver O.B., Minnie, Sweet Dave) all meet painfully tragic ends, of course. At no point does Tarantino ever lighten the mood or give the viewer an out for the pessimistic nihilism, racism, and sexism on display. It is brutal, ugly, artfully made, and, worst of all, challenging and confrontational.

    It is ironic, but not all surprising, that, considering just how much Tarantino homages John Carpenter’s The Thing in The Hateful Eight, the backlash is so virulent and angry. But, as was the case with Carpenter’s maligned upon release opus, I suspect The Hateful Eight might be positively reevaluated in the future.

    I will be seeing it again, I’m sure.

    Film critic Devin Faraci also makes some very salient points regarding an important plot detail that hit me so hard, I felt winded.


    He also points out that the far more entertaining Django Unchained used the n-word far more than The Hateful Eight.

    The big difference between the two is the context in which Tarantino uses it…

    Interestingly [n-word] appears in The Hateful Eight less often than it does in Django Unchained, but it’s used so differently here that you’d be forgiven for thinking this was Tarantino’s record-busting usage. Many reviews have certainly treated it that way, seemingly not realizing how purposefully harsh the language choice is. In the past Tarantino has said that he was over-using ‘nigger’ to drain it of power (a very common kind of thing for a white guy being naughty to say) but in The Hateful Eight he’s bringing it back to full strength.

  10. I’m torn between angry that Mad Max didn’t get nominated for original soundtrack or best supporting and amazed it got all the noms it got

  11. Alicia Vikander was nominated, for The Danish Girl. The full list is available through the link above

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