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Every year I attempt to watch every film that is nominated for an Oscar – no matter the category. Follow along as I try to watch every film nominated for a 2016 Oscar – This post will be updated with each film I watch.
Big List of 88th Academy Award Nominees: Must-sees & must-skips! #Oscars #OscarNoms #Oscars2016 Click To Tweet

  • Blue – I’ve watched this film
  • Linked – Click it. I wrote a few notes

Best Picture

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

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 Leading Role

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

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

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

Animated Feature Film


  • Carol, Ed Lachman
  • The Hateful Eight, Robert Richardson
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale
  • The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Sicario, Roger Deakins

Costume Design

  • Carol, Sandy Powell
  • Cinderella, Sandy Powell
  • The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan
  • The Revenant, Jacqueline West


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

Documentary (Feature)

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

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

Film Editing

  • The Big Short, Hank Corwin
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
  • The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
  • Spotlight, Tom McArdle
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Foreign Language Film

  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • Mustang
  • Son of Saul
  • Theeb
  • A War

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
  • The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Music (Original Score)

  • Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
  • Carol, Carter Burwell
  • The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
  • Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

Music (Original Song)

  • “Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey, Music and Lyrics by Belly, Stephan Moccio, Jason “Daheala” Quenneville, and The Weeknd
  • “Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction, Music by J. Ralph, Lyrics by Antony Hegarty
  • “Simple Song #3,” Youth, Music and Lyrics by David Lang
  • “Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground, Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren
  • “Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre, Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Production Design

  • Bridge of Spies, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich and Adam Stockhausen
  • The Danish Girl, Michael Standish and Eve Stewart
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson
  • The Martian, Celia Bobak and Arthur Max
  • The Revenant, Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy

Short Film (Animated)

  • Bear Story
  • Prologue
  • Sanjay’s Super Team
  • We Can’t Live without Cosmos
  • World of Tomorrow

Short Film (Live Action)

  • Ave Maria
  • Day One
  • Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
  • Shok (Friend)
  • Stutterer

Sound Editing

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark A. Mangini and David White
  • The Martian, Oliver Tarney
  • The Revenant, Martin Hernández and Lon Bender
  • Sicario, Alan Robert Murray
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound Mixing

  • Bridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
  • The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
  • The Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects

  • Ex Machina, Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris and Andrew Whitehurst
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams and Tom Wood
  • The Martian, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Richard Stammers and Steven Warner
  • The Revenant, Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh and Neal Scanlan

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

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

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • Bridge of Spies, Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
  • Ex Machina, Alex Garland
  • Inside Out, Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen, Pete Docter and Meg LeFauve
  • Spotlight, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
  • Straight Outta Compton, Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus
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