Oscars 2016 nominations – as it happened

Our live blog bringing you all the build-up and reaction to the shortlist for the 88th Academy Awards


Knock knock. Who’s there? It’s Oscar nominations day! Yes, the afternoon the great and the good of Hollywood wait with bated breath to discover whether or not they’ve been shortlisted for one of Tinseltown’s most prestigious awards. But who’ll be left disappointed and who will start practicing their acceptance speeches in the bathroom mirror?


At 1:30pm we’ll have coverage of the live nominations announcement with shortlists for all the acting, directing and filmmaking categories – but first, join us for the build-up. We’ll have plenty of tweets, pictures, predictions, speculation and Oscar-related goodness to keep you entertained. Let the fun begin… 

14:50: That’s all from us today. But check out our full list of winners here – and don’t forget to head back here on 28th February for our through-the-night coverage of the Oscars night itself.

14:26: If we’re looking at numbers, The Revenant is leading the race with 12 nominations, closely followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with ten.

14:23: Last year the lack of nominees from ethnic minorities caused the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to trend. In 2016, with Straight Outta Compton tipped for a best picture nod, Idris Elba expected to land a best supporting actor nomination and Michael B. Jordan a possible lead actor nominee for Creed, things were looking up for diversity. But it wasn’t to be. Despite the opportunities to vote for actors from different minorities, the shortlist is still overwhelmingly white with Compton picking up just one award for original screenplay.

14:06: Champagne all round for the makers of Mad Max: Fury Road. The film is up for TEN awards – many of them technical – as well as best director (George Miller) and best picture.

14:02: This has got to be Leo’s year, right? The Oscars shortlist is as expected – Fassbender, Cranston, Damon and Redmayne – but none of them look set to upset DiCaprio and his big moment. The man will clearly do anything he can to get his hand on that golden statuette.

13:59: Lady Gaga can now add ‘Oscar nominee’ to her list of achievements. The pop star earned herself a best original song nomination for ‘Til It Happens to You from The Hunting Ground. She’ll go up against Golden Globe winner Sam Smith (The Writing’s On the Wall) and The Weeknd who pulled off the seemingly impossible to score Fifty Shades of Grey a place on the shortlist for Earned It.

13:55: A notable omission from the best original screenplay is Quentin Tarantino. He’ll have to make do with his three Hateful Eight nominations for best original score, cinematography and best supporting actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh.

13:53: Many cheers went round the auditorium for Sylvester Stallone’s nomination in the best supporting actor category for Rocky follow-up Creed. Can he make it third time lucky after getting two nods for Rocky way back in 1977?

13:47: To begin with, how great to see Charlotte Rampling get her nomination for the superb 45 Years? And Jennifer Lawrence earns her FOURTH Oscars nod in five years for Joy, with extra space in the category thanks to Alicia Vikander’s performance placed in the supporting category. Spare a thought for Helen Mirren who found herself bumped out of the supporting category at her expense. Academy darling Kate Winslet clocks up her seventh Oscar nomination for her supporting performance in Steve Jobs

13:45: Well, there you have it. This year’s nominees. Let us know what you think in the comments box below. In the meantime, we’ll be providing some analysis of some of those shock inclusions… and exclusions.

13:44: And finally… The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight are all to compete for best picture.

13:42: John Williams gets a best original score nod for The Force Awakens, meanwhile foreign language film shortlists frontrunner Son of Saul. Best director sees Adam McKay for The Big Short, plus George Miller (Mad Max), Alejandro J Inarritu (The Revenant), Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) up for the prize.

Leading actress nominees are Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling and Saoirse Ronan all nominated, while lead actor recognises Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Eddie REdmayne.

13:40: Star Wars gets its third and fourth nod for visual effects and editing, and Mad Max picks up a couple of nods too. The latter also picks up a nomination for production design. Adapted screenplay goes to The Big Short, Brooklyn, Carol, The Martian and Room while original screenplay’s shortlist includes Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton (lots of cheers for that last entry).

13:38: Supporting actor first: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Mark Ruffalo, Mark Rylance and Sylvestor Stallone gets his Creed nomination. The supporting actress category recognises Rooney Mara, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rachel McAdams, Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) and Kate Winslet.

13:36: Stay tuned for the next batch, announced by John Krasinski and Academy president Cheryl Boone Issacs. They’ll be revealing all the acting categories, plus best director and best picture.

13:34: Best animated film – this is a biggie – sees Inside Out, Anomalisa, Boy and the World, Shaun the Sheep Movie and When Marnie was There up for the prize. Inside Out has to have that locked down, right?

13:33: Mad Max, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario and Star Wars nominated for sound editing – that’s the first award for JJ Abrams The Force Awakens. Sound mixing nominees include Bridge of Spies, Mad Max, The Martian, The Revenant and Star Wars again.

13:31: First up, best original song which sees Lady Gaga and Sam Smith get nods. Cinematography sees Carol, The Hateful Eight, Mad Max, Fury Road and Sicario nominated. Meanwhile best documentary includes Amy, Cartel Land, The Look of Silence, What Happened, Miss Simone? And Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom up for an award. No spot for Listen to Me Marlon.

13:30: Just seconds to go before we welcome Guillermo Del Toro and Ang Lee to the stage…

13:25: The nominations feed has just crackled into life. Five minutes to go, people!


13:23: With just seven minutes to go until the Oscar nominations are announced, someone’s seen the list…

13:21: Apologies for the delay. We’re all very saddened at RadioTimes.com HQ to hear of the death of Alan Rickman.

12:30: Once you’ve got your hands on an Oscars trophy, you’re instantly faced with the conundrum of where to keep it. Do you do a Winslet and keep it in the toilet so your friends can practise their acceptance speeches? Do you do as Christian Bale did and hand it over to your five-year-old daughter? Or do you mimic Jodie Foster and place it in a trophy cabinet? Fancy, huh?

For more on where Oscar winners keep their statuettes, check here.

12:17: Of course, along with the acclaim that comes with getting your hands on an Oscars statuette, there are also the freebies. The swag bags, the inevitable free Big Mac when you flash your gong at the counter at 4am the next morning – and the free upgrade on the way home? Or not… as was the case when Peter Capaldi won his Oscar for his short film in 1995.

12:08: For those after a live stream of the nominations announcement, look no further…

There are also some details on how this afternoon’s schedule is going to work. Beginning at 1:30pm, the first batch of nominations will be announced by directors Ang Lee and Guillermo del Toro. This is the technical stuff – we’re talking cinematography, costume design, sound editing and mixing – plus categories including animated feature film, best original song and documentary feature.

Then actor John Krasinski and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs will take over the controls to reveal the acting shortlists, plus nominations for directing, editing, original and adapted screenplay, foreign language film – and the all-important best picture.

So set your reminder now – 1:30pm! Or alternatively, stick around and continue to read our (highly) entertaining blog. We strongly recommend the latter…

12:02: A handy graph for your perusal – could this give us an indicator of who gets a best picture nomination this afternoon, and who’ll walk away with the prize come February 28th?

With a nomination from all the five major guilds – producers, directors, editors, actors and writers – The Big Short is a clear contender, but don’t discount The Martian which may well sway Academy voters looking for the ‘wow’ factor. To that end, The Revenant is also in the mix – and likely to pick up a slew of technical nods regardless of whether it wins the best picture accolade.

11:56: This, of course, is what they all want to get their hands on.

2,947 statuettes have been presented since the very first Oscars ceremony in 1929 and, according to the Academy, they stand at 13 1/2 inches tall and weigh 8 1/2 pounds. Why are they called Oscars? The story is a hazy one but legend has it that Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick once remarked how the statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar, although the nickname was only officially adopted in 1939.

11:44: The best actress race is decidedly tighter than its male counterpart. A lot of it rests on whether Alicia Vikander’s Danish Girl turn is selected for the lead or supporting category. The film’s studio is campaigning for the latter – if that happens, there are a number of names clamouring for the five places on the list. Brie Larson has her slot all but nailed down for her harrowing performance in Room as a woman held captive for seven years and she’s probably the frontrunner to get her hands on the golden statuette.

Cate Blanchett has long been a safe bet for a nomination thanks to her turn in Carol, while 21-year-old Saoirse Ronan is bidding for her second nod from the Academy for Brooklyn. If Vikander’s performance is deemed suitable for best actress, she’s also likely to end up on that shortlist, but the remaining spot (or spots) have a long list of possibles. Charlotte Rampling could earn her first Oscar nomination for the little-seen but widely acclaimed 45 Years. Joy may have failed to hit a nerve with audiences, but Jennifer Lawrence’s lead has already garnered her awards attention from the Golden Globes.

Other runners and riders include Maggie Smith (Lady in the Van), Emily Blunt (Sicario), Lily Tomlin (Grandma) and Carey Mulligan (Suffragette). Charlize Theron’s towering performance in Mad Max: Fury Road has sadly had little love this awards season so it’s unlikely to get recognition here. There’s also an outside chance for Sarah Silverman and Helen Mirren who won Screen Actors Guild nods for I Smile Back and Woman in Gold respectively.

11:25: First, let’s look at some of those headline categories starting with best actor and Leonardo DiCaprio’s 22-year quest for an Oscar. The general consensus is that he has this year’s race locked down thanks to his hotly-tipped turn in The Revenant. At least it would spare him the endless Twitter jokes at his expense…

But who looks set to keep Leo company in his category?

2015 Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Lili Elbe, the first known recipient of gender reassignment surgery, is expected to earn him a spot on the best actor shortlist for the second year running. He’s likely to be joined by Matt Damon (The Martian), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) in what is considered a fairly formulaic leading actor race. On hand to potentially upset the party are Johnny Depp for his role as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, Will Smith (Concussion), Michael B. Jordan (Creed) and Michael Caine (Youth).

11:06: Good morning! Today is the day – in just under two-and-a-half hours the shortlist for the 88th Academy Awards will be announced. But who will get a ticket to Hollywood’s glitziest ceremony?

Among those vying for that coveted best picture nomination are The Revenant, The Big Short, Spotlight, Carol, Bridge of Spies, The Martian, Mad Max, Room and more.


Ever since new rules came into place in 2009, the size of the shortlist can be anywhere from five to 10 films, and some are predicting the inclusion of the enormously popular Inside Out and, of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Can the Star Wars franchise earn its first best picture nomination since A New Hope way back in 1977?