Oscar nominations throw up major surprises
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It’s official: Fifty Shades Of Grey is an Oscar-nominated movie.

Ok, so it is for Best Song. But even so…

Yes, this year’s Oscar nominations have just been unveiled – and there are some fascinating surprises among the crop of chosen flicks and stars.

Somewhat predictably (and understandably) historical survival thriller The Revenant leads the way with 12 nominations, but Mad Max: Fury Road is hot on its heels with 10 nods, including Best Picture and Best Director for George Miller.

Shock inclusions include cult Irish director Lenny Abrahamson getting nominated for Best Director for Room – something we actually predicted in our blog last week; Charlotte Rampling nominated for Best Actress for 45 Years; and a well deserved Best Original Screenplay nod for Alex Garland and Ex Machina. 

Tom Hardy for The Revenant and Sylvester Stallone for Creed were popular surprises in the Best Supporting Actor category too.

As for notable omissions, Carol failed to gain a nomination for Best Picture, while Idris Elba was overlooked for Beasts Of No Nation. Here’s our round-up of ridiculous snubs.

Check out our predictions blog from last week – and see how we did. 

The full list of nominees is as follows:

BEST PICTURE

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

BEST ACTOR

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

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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
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

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DIRECTING

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Anomolisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marie Was There

COSTUME DESIGN

Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Mad: Fury Road
The Revenant

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Body Team
Chau, Beyong the Lines
Flaude Lanzmann
A Girl in the River
Last Day of Freedom

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

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ORIGINAL SONG

Earned It
Simple Song #3
The Hunting Ground
Til It Happens to You
Writings on the Wall

ANIMATED SHORT

Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Leave Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

SOUND EDITING

Mad Mad: Fury Road
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant

FILM EDITING

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

ORIGINAL SCORE

Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

The Martian

VISUAL EFFECTS

Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton