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8 Biggest 2016 Oscar Nominations Surprises

The Academy has spoken! Here, the Oscar nominations that surprised us most plus a full list of nominees

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Best Supporting Actress nominee Alicia Vikander at the 2016 Golden Globes (Photo: REX/Shutterstock)

With no tight pattern in the typical pre-Oscar predictors like precursor awards and critics’ reviews, this year’s awards have felt like anyone’s game in multiple categories. The Academy, with the notable help of a handsomely bearded John Krasinski, announced the nominations this morning and there was no shortage of expected nods (if Leo snoozing in animal carcasses and eating raw bison liver for The Revenant doesn’t snag him his long-eluded golden statuette, we don’t know what will), delightful surprises and WTF head-scratchers. The biggest mystery is yet to be solved: will Best Supporting Actor nominee Sly Stallone wear his Creed fedora to the Feb. 28 ceremony? Herewith, the biggest surprises from this the 2016 Oscar nominations.

The Good: 

1. Three talented Canucks snagged nominations! 
That’s right, The Weeknd’s “Earned It” (from Fifty Shades of Grey) was nominated for Best Original Song, while London, Ont. writer Emma Donoghue got a Best Adapted Screenplay nod for Room. And in a bit of a dark-horse nod, Rachel McAdams was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Spotlight. Sadly, no Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for young Jacob Tremblay of Room.

2. Dark horse Charlotte Rampling earned a Best Actress nod  
Few predicted the 69-year-old veteran actress (and Helen Mirren-level babe) would unseat current it-girl Vikander but she did just that with her masterful performance in 45 Years.

3. Mad Max: Fury Road got 10 nominations
The amped-up action flick trailed just behind The Revenant’s 12 nods with a whopping 10, including the v. prestigious Best Picture and Best Director categories.

4. Straight Outta Compton was recognized
Many were predicting a dark horse Best Picture shoutout for Straight Outta Compton; while it didn’t make it to the top category, it was recognized for Best Original Screenplay.

5. We can expect a v. stylish red carpet
Some of our favourite style stars—including Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett—snagged nominations. Also on our radar: too hot to be true IRL couple Alicia Vikander and boyfriend Michael Fassbender, who were both nominated, and emerging style stars Saoirse Ronan and Brie Larson.

The Ouch: 

6. Alicia Vikander was nominated in only one category
Okay, okay, we’re sure she’s not complaining, but fashion and film’s Swede-heart (thanks for the pun, Vogue!) looked like a sure thing for grabbing a double nomination. Instead, she received one Best Supporting Actress nod for her turn in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl—about the first known gender reassignment surgery patient—but wasn’t recognized for Ex-Machina.

7. Some major Hollywood heavyweights got snubbed
The notable disses include Star Wars: The Force Awakens (for not being on the Best Picture list), Ridley Scott (The Martian banked seven nominations but its director  got a “maybe next year” in the Best Director category), and sure-thing-veteran Steven Spielberg (overlooked for Bridge of Spies).

The WTF:

8. #OscarsSoWhite is having a moment on Twitter 
The Academy’s lack of diversity is no secret and this year’s acting nominations followed last year’s disappointing pattern: one hundo p white. Hey Academy, get your shit together.

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The full list of 2016 Oscar nominees:

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

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

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Director
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Documentary
Amy
Cartel
Land The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

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

Editing
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Production Design
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Original Score
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia
Mustang, France
Son of Saul, Hungary
Theeb, Jordan
A War, Denmark

Best Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Best Original Song
“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
“Simple Song No. 3” from Youth
“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre

Best Costume Design
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year Old Men Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best Animated Feature
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep
When Marnie Was There

Best Animated Short Film
Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Best Live Action Short Film
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok
Stutterer

Best Cinematography
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Hateful Eight
The Revenant
Sicario

Achievement in Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Achievement in Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

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