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The list of nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards is officially in the open — and for the most part, we’re all delighted and yet not particularly surprised.
Leonardo DiCaprio and “The Revenant” are predictably dominant; Golden Globe winner Brie Larson is in her rightful place on the Best Actress shortlist; and this year’s Big Serious Ensemble Drama Full of Dudes (a.k.a. “The Big Short”) earned its expected nods.
This year’s nominees also include some surprising contenders — and some absolutely egregious oversights. Here are all the Oscar things, good and bad, that are making us go hmmm.
The WTF Snubs
After “Creed” director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan were overlooked at the Golden Globes for reasons unknown, surely the Academy would make sure they got their deserved noms, right? Yeah, in our dreams. Actually, the entire lineup of acting nominees pretty much guarantees that #OscarsSoWhite will trend again this year, because they’re all so… y’know.
In other WTF-worthy news: “Straight Outta Compton” was left off the Best Picture list, and “See You Again” from “Furious 7″ didn’t get any love for Best Original Song. Alicia Vikander’s “Ex Machina” performance went unnoticed despite having earned a Globes nom. And perhaps most surprising of all: usual shoo-ins Quentin Tarantino and Aaron Sorkin remain un-shooed this time around.
The Fabulous Surprises
But enough about the depressing snubs; there were also some lovely and unexpected inclusions on the roster of nominees.
The biggest shocker: A mammoth showing for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which got a whopping ten nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. And apparently, the Academy shares our powerful love for all things “Star Wars” nostalgic, because John Williams’ original score is on the music shortlist.
Also surprising was Jennifer Lawrence’s appearance among the Best Actress nominees — not because she’s not a great actress, but because the movie for which she’s nominated is widely considered to be, um, not very good.
Meanwhile, “Brooklyn” made a stronger showing than anticipated with three nods in big categories, including Best Actress, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. And in a category that rarely includes unexpected contenders, “Boy and the World,” a visually stunning film from Brazil, earned a coveted Best Animated Feature Film nomination.
The 88th Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, will take place February 28.
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