The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Chris Rock, will take place on February 28, 2016 at 5:30 PM local time at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.
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And the 2016 Oscar nominees are…..
The nominees for the 2016 Oscars were announced on January 14, 2016 by directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee, the latter won has won two Oscars for his direction of Brokeback Mountain (2005) and for Life of Pi (2012). The Revenant led the pack with twelve nominations with Mad Max: Fury Road collecting 10 nominations.
The 2016 Oscars see Chris Rock’s return to hosting duties of the second time have hosted the event in 2005. The 2016 Oscars will be aired on ABC in the United States and a host of other nations will also be treated to a broadcast in a number of other languages.
The Best Picture prize is generally claimed by the producers and will see some familiar faces representing the films. Brad Pitt joins his co-producers for The Big Short, while Steven Spielberg could see a potential win for Bridge of Spies. Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight round out the Best Picture field.
The Best Director field saw Adam McKay nominated for The Big Short, George Miller for Mad Max : Fury Road, Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant, Lenny Abrahamson for Room and Tom McCarthy for Spotlight.
Oscars 2016 will stream live at ABC.com. Viewers can also enjoy the big show via the WATCH ABC app.
Actor and actresses to watch at the 2016 Oscars
Much was made of the lack of African-Americans or others of color being nominated for the 2016 Oscars with a number of high-profile celebrities vowing to boycott the 2016 Oscars
A few repeat nominees are there for the award for Best Actor:
- Bryan Cranston – Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo
- Matt Damon – The Martian as Mark Watney
- Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant as Hugh Glass
- Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs
- Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe / Einar Wegener
On the women’s side, both Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence will look to win another Oscar while being joined by a few first time nominees:
- Cate Blanchett – Carol as Carol Aird
- Brie Larson – Room as Joy “Ma” Newsome
- Jennifer Lawrence – Joy as Joy Mangano
- Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years as Kate Mercer
- Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey
On the men’s supporting side you’ll see Tom Hardy and Christian Bale battling it out with other fine actors. Hardy joins co-star Leonardo Caprio in both being nominated for their work in The Revenant. Many would like to see Sylvester Stallone honored for his lifetime achievement with a win for playing Rocky Balboa:
- Christian Bale – The Big Short as Michael Burry
- Tom Hardy – The Revenant as John Fitzgerald
- Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight as Michael Rezendes
- Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel
- Sylvester Stallone – Creed as Rocky Balboa
The women’s supporting roles will see former Oscar winner Kate Winslet nominated along with a host of talented actors. Both Michael Fassbender and Ms. Winslit were nominated for their rolls in Jobs.
- Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight as Daisy Domergue
- Rooney Mara – Carol as Therese Belivet
- Rachel McAdams – Spotlight as Sacha Pfeiffer
- Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener
- Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman
Those are the major awards, but other categories will come first over the course of the night with a long list of presenters poised to present each with their Oscar for their work in fields like costume design, makeup, editing, etc.
Andy Williams and Ennio Morricone should battle it out for another Oscar for each when it comes to Original Score and Netflix was twice nominated for Best Documentary this year.