The 2016 Oscar Nominations are in and it looks like Star Wars: The Force Awakens will not have a chance at winning the Academy Award for Best picture.  No worries, they have already made a pretty penny and will most likely end up as the highest grossing film of all time. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. The Force Awakens has five nominations which is the most since Return of the Jedi and is the same amount of nominations that all of the prequel films received… COMBINED. Star Wars has tied The Lord of the Rings for the most nominations in a series with 30.  The best Star Wars film is the 1977 original, A New Hope, which had 11 nominations and seven wins. Composer John Williams, known for writing the score for every Star Wars movie, has 50 career nominations as of this year.  That is more than any other film, series or person ever. Well done John, well done indeed. This year, The Revenant will have the most nominations with a whopping 12 including Best Actor, Picture and Director.

Everyone’s attention will be on whether or not Leonardo DiCaprio will finally score his first Oscar in a very impressive career.  I think that he should have won an Oscar for this performance alone (Viewer Discretion Advised):

Below are a list of some of the 2016 Oscar Nominations:

Best Picture                                                                                                              

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

Best Actress                                                                                                            

Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saorise Ronan – Brooklyn

Best Actor                                                                                                                

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

Directing                                                                                                              

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

Best Supporting Actress                                                                                        

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

Best Supporting Actor                                                                                        

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

Animated Feature Film                                                                                    

Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Original Screenplay                                                                                              

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Cinematography                                                                                                      

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

Original Song                                                                                                      

“Earned It” – Fifty 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

Foreign Language Film                                                                                      

Embrace of the Serpent – Colombia
Mustang – France
Son of Saul – Hungary
Theeh – Jordan
A War – Denmark

Documentary Feature                                                                                              

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

Best Visual Effects                                                                                                      

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

Best Film Editing                                                                                                      

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

Best Original Score                                                                                                

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

Best Sound Editing                                                                                                    

Mad Max
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing                                                                                                  

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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