Oscar Nominations: Good Day for Canada!

Brooklyn - Film is one of few Canadian Best Picture nominees
A bittersweet morning with these Oscar nominations. Carol misses the Best Picture race and Jane Fonda does too. Some big surprises in the screenplay categories with The Hateful Eight and Golden Globe winner Steve Jobs not making the cut. But the list has some pleasant surprises, including What Happened, Miss Simone? in a very strong quintet of documentary nominees. (I'll have a review of Winter on Fire up soon.) It's also a very good day for Canada, as we have our second and third Best Picture nominees since Atlantic City got a nom for 1981. Those Best Picture nominees are Brooklyn and Room, the latter of which came on strong with an unexpected Best Director nomination for Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, who squeezed out The Martian's Ridley Scott, whom many pundits favoured to win! Denis Villeneuve's Sicario also has a bunch of nominations, although he and the film missed the top categories. Canadian nominees also include Emma Donoghue's screenplay for Room, short doc Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, and Rachel McAdams for Spotlight, who offers a silver lining to the Jane Fonda snub.

Which are your biggest snubs/surprises?


Best Picture:

Best Director:

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

Best Actor:

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

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor:

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

Best Supporting Actress:

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

Best Original Screenplay:

Bridge of SpiesMark Harmon; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Ex Machina  - Alex Garland
Inside Out - Pete Docter et al
Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
Straight Outta Compton - Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Best Adapted Screenplay:

The Big Short - Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
Brooklyn – Nick Hornby
Carol - Phyllis Nagy
The Martian - Drew Goddard
Room– Emma Donoghue

Best Documentary Feature:

What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Best Foreign Language Film:

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

Best Animated Film:

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

Best Cinematography:

Best Film Editing:

The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Costumes:


Best Production Design:

Best Original Score:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Original Song:

Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey
"Manta Rey" - Racing Extinction

Best Visual Effects:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Revenant

Best Sound Editing:

The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Make-Up:

The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Best Animated Short

Best Live Action Short

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
The Free Man

Best Documentary Short

Boy Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann:Spectres of Shoah 
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom