Academy Award nominations could see repeat of OscarsSoWhite

The nominations were announced by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, actor John Krasinski and directors Guillermo Del Toro and Ang Lee at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.

In addition to "The Revenant", the nominees for best picture are "Spotlight", "The Big Short", "Mad Max: Fury Road", "The Martian", "Brooklyn", "Bridge of Spies" and "Room". This year, it went with eight: "The Revenant", "Mad Max", "Spotlight", "The Martian", "Brooklyn", "Room", "The Big Short" and "Bridge of Spies".

"Mad Max: Fury Road" scored a best director nomination for Australian filmmaker George Miller. Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston rounded out the non-diverse Best Actor category, according to the Associated Press.

For example, Sylvester Stallone's nomination as Rocky Balboa in "Creed" is the sixth time in history an actor has been nominated for playing the same character in two different films. When the best-picture category was limited to five films, this kind of thing was an eye-opener. For the second year in a row, no less.

"We had Straight Outta Compton that didn't get nominated for Best Picture, Creed that made over $100 million at the box office, where Michael B. Jordan didn't get nominated, Tessa Thompson didn't get nominated", Ramin Setoodeh, Senior Editor at Variety told PIX11 News.

"Carol", the film about a lesbian relationship in 1950s NY, picked up acting nods for stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara but didn't receive nominations for picture or directing.

Beasts of No Nation might've been ignored by the Academy since it premiered on Netflix, but Idris Elba's performance is hard to ignore.

The 2015 hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was quickly revived on Twitter on Thursday. The original reasoning was partly to make room for bigger, more populist films like Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" alongside acclaimed independent releases. Critics seem to suggest that this year he has finally some bigger opportunities of being recognized for his pristine performance at The Revenant, a film that was shot under freezing temperatures with natural lights.

"The audience award changes that - the victor of that prize in Toronto has gone on to be a best-picture Oscar nominee six of the last seven years", Rich wrote. The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of Pixar Animation, Lucasfilm and this station. At least the glorious mess that is the original screenplay category saw fit to include "Straight Outta Compton".

Fans will have to tune in to find out when the 88th Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, air on February 28 on ABC.

Among the Best Actress candidates is Charlotte Rampling, nominated for her subtle and devastating turn as a wife who discovers her husband has been harboring deep secrets in "45 Years".

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