The Oscar Nominations Just Came Out And There's One Obvious Problem

January 14th 2016

Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee, John Krasinski, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the much-anticipated 88th Academy Awards nominations early Thursday morning, and many have already taken to social media to discuss the contenders. The Academy has historically largely overlooked people of color, and this year is no different.

Alejandro G. Inarritu's "The Revenant," which includes a storyline about violence against indigenous people, was nominated for Best Picture. Innaritu was also nominated for Best Director. "Spotlight," which tells the true story of the Boston Globe's investigation of a priest accused of molesting children, was also nominated for Best Picture. "Mad Max," which was considered by many as a feminist film last summer, was nominated for Best Picture even though its Academy Award-winning star, Charlize Theron was not nominated for her role in the film.

Though "Carol," the story of two women in love in the 1950s, received multiple nominations, it was not nominated for Best Picture. "Carol" was, however, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Also noticeably absent from the Best Picture nominations is "Straight Outta Compton," a biopic about the the hip-hop group N.W.A. that was released last summer. The film tells the real life story of the group's creation and how they faced racial tension for their music. "Straight Outta Compton" was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, however.

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Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne was nominated for Best Actor for his role as a transgender individual in "The Danish Girl." Alicia Vikander, who portrays Redmayne's wife, was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Leonardo DiCaprio also received an Oscar nomination for his gritty part in "The Revenant," but as many have noted before, DiCaprio has never won an Oscar despite starring in numerous highly-acclaimed films and receiving four nominations from the Academy.

Golden Globe winner Brie Larson was unsurprisingly nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Room," a film about a young woman who has been held captive in a shed for many years and relies on the special bond she has with her young son to survive. Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett was also nominated for Best Actress for her part in "Carol," and her co-star Rooney Mara was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her role in "Joy," a film based on the true experiences of a woman who created her own mop and faced many challenges on the road to success.

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Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens To You," a song about sexual assault, was nominated for Best Original Song. The song was made for the documentary "The Hunting Ground," which is about sexual assault.

Early Thursday, many expressed disappointment that the Oscars didn't nominate anyone of color for acting categories. "Creed" star Michael B. Jordan and "Beasts of No Nation" actor Idris Elba, for example, were snubbed:

The Academy has been criticized many times for recognizing few, if any, people of color in its nominations. In 2015, ATTN: contributor Ashley Nicole Black pointed out that the Academy attempted to gain a more diverse viewership by running commercials on BET (Black Entertainment Television) and "Black" shows. Black noted that she saw an ad revealing there would be Black presenters at the ceremony while watching Shonda Rhimes' "Scandal."

"Um, The Academy should probably actually watch 'Scandal,'" Black wrote, "[b]ecause Olivia Pope would tell them that it's gonna look a little awkward to have all black people give awards to white people all night. And that still won't 'handle' their problem of not having nominated more people of color."

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Here's a list of the nominees:

Best Picture

The Martian

The Revenant

The Big Short



Bridge of Spies


Mad Max

Best Director

Adam McKay (The Big Short)

George Miller (Mad Max)

Alejandro Iñárritu (The Revenant)

Lenny Abrahamson (Room)

Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Brie Larson (Room)

Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)

Matt Damon (The Martian)

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Michael Fassbender (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)

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)

Rooney Mara (Carol)

Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)

Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short



The Martian


Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out


Straight Outta Compton

Film Editing

The Big Short

Mad Max

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Animated Feature Film


Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Best Cinematography


The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant


Best Costume Design



The Danish Girl

Mad Max

The Revenant

Best Documentary – Feature


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

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road

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

The Revenant

Best Original Song

"Earned It" (Fifty Shades of Grey)

"Manta Ray" (Racing Extinction)

"Simple Song No. 3" (Youth)

"'Til It Happens to You," (The Hunting Ground)

"Writings on the Wall" (Spectre)

Best Animated Short Film

Bear Story


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)



Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Check out the Oscars website to see the complete list of nominations.

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