The 88th Academy Award nominees have officially been announced. The Revenant tops the charts will 12 nominations and Mad Max: Fury Road comes in second with 10.
The Revenant, The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room, and Spotlight are all up for Best Picture.
Eddie Redmayne is up for Best Actor in The Danish Girl as is his costar, Alicia Vikander, for Best Supporting Actress. Cate Blanchett is up for Best Actress in Carol and her co-star Rooney Mara is nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Carol was nominated for Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, and Original Score. The Danish Girl is up for Costume Design and Production Design.
“I am deeply grateful to The Academy for this honor,” Vikander said of her nomination. “To be recognized alongside these actresses and their inspiring performances is humbling. To be a part of bringing The Danish Girl to life was such a gift and to receive this nomination is a thrill.”
“I’m incredibly grateful to the Academy for this nomination – particularly in a year with so many brilliant films and performances,” Redmayne said. “This nomination is a testament to the vision of our fearless director Tom Hooper, and the support of my fellow cast members, especially the incandescent Alicia Vikander.”
Mara thanked her colleagues in her statement.
“To be acknowledged this morning along with Cate, Phyllis, Ed, Carter, and Sandy is an incredible honor. Todd made a beautiful and quiet love story with Carol,” she said. “I am proud to have been a part of it, and feel privileged to have worked with some of our finest artists and one of our greatest directors.”
Room‘s Brie Larson commented on her Best Actress nod by saying, “I am feeling incredible…I can’t even believe it. I am just sitting here in complete and utter shock over all of this. I feel like I’m in a very bizarre Alice in Wonderland dream right now.”
Creed star and living legend Sylvester Stallone was nominated in the Best Actor category. “I am incredibly humbled by this honor. I was not expecting it…especially at this time in my life,” the actor said in a statement. “I am certainly grateful to the artists and collaborators who helped make it possible.
Lady Gaga, who is now also a Golden Globe winner, was nominated for her song “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground.
“This nomination lends a voice to so many victims and their families around the world,” Gaga said. “Thank you to The Academy for recognizing the movement of people who have come together around The Hunting Ground and ‘Til It Happens To You’ in the name of sexual assault. Diane Warren and I are simply honored to represent the voices of so many survivors.”
Joy‘s Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for the fourth time – and she’s only 25 years old.
“I am beyond grateful and humbled by this nomination,” Lawrence said. “I feel incredibly honored to be recognized among the other amazing women in this category. Joy is an incredibly inspiring story about an ordinary woman who does extraordinary things. For me, working with David O. Russell has been nothing short of extraordinary, and I share this nomination with him as well as our incredible supporting cast. I could not be more proud to be a part of this film and thankful to the producers and Fox for their unyielding support.”
SPECTRE‘s “Writings on the Wall” was nominated for Best Original Song (Sam Smith).
“I am sitting in a coffee shop with my mum and just found out I have an Oscar Nomination,” he said. “Feeling very overwhelmed and just can’t believe it. Better pick out a gown. Thank you to The Academy for this incredible honor and recognition.”
Last year, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite started because not one of the 20 acting nods were given to a non-white person. This year, #OscarsStillSoWhite has taken over because once again, there aren’t any non-white people up for any of the four acting categories.
An L.A. Times study in 2012 found that 94 percent of Oscar voters who chose the nominees were white and 77 percent were white. Blacks represented 2 percent of the academy and even less were Latinos.
Last year, academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said that a new initiative called A2020 would help the diversity problem by opening up more job opportunities for women and minorities.
“The Academy has no power over Hollywood,” she said. “We have nothing to do with hiring. What we can do, however, is get them to widen their normal stream of thought.”
The Oscars will be hosted by Chris Rock on February 28.
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