In a fairly surprise-free flurry of announcements, Oscar nominees for the complete 24 categories were revealed January 14 in Los Angeles. We’ve got some takeaway analysis of the picks, but first, here’s the complete list of nominees jostling for awards come February 28 when the ceremony airs on ABC at 7pm ET.
Best Original Screenplay Matt Charman, Joel and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies Alex Garland, Ex Machina Peter Docter, Josh Cooley, and Meg LeFauve, Inside Out Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton
Best Adapted Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short Nick Hornby, Brooklyn Phyllis Nagy, Carol Drew Goddard, The Martian Emma Donoghue, Room
Best Production Design Bridge of Spies The Danish Girl Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant
Best Editing The Big Short Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant Spotlight Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Visual Effects Ex Machina Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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
* The Revenant nabbed a stunning 12 nominations, competing broadly in all the major categories including expected ones (Best Actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio) and unexpected ones (Best Supporting Actor nominee Tom Hardy). Only 11 other movies in history have scored more nominations than this one, notably All About Eve and Titanic with 14 nominations a piece.
* Carol did well by its two central performers, scoring nominations for Cate Blanchett (Best Actress) and Rooney Mara (Best Supporting Actress), along with four other nods for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Cinematography. But it failed to break into the brackets for Best Picture or Best Director, a disappointment to many critics and fans.
* Lenny Abrahamson scored a Best Director nomination for Room, shutting out the more anticipated Ridley Scott for The Martian. Despite directing a Best Picture winner (Gladiator), Scott has never won this award, even though he’s been nominated three times.
* The surfeit of excellent performances in Spotlight resulting in some vote-splitting: While Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams both made the supporting-acting brackets, Michael Keaton was shut out, a surprise to many prognosticators.
* Notably, all 20 of the nominated actors are white, a problematic circumstance. And Straight Outta Compton, the well-received movie about the rise of hip hop’s N.W.A., only scored a single nomination for its team of screenwriters—all of whom happen to be white.