The best of the best (when it comes to film, anyhow) were officially announced when the Academy Awards unveilled its 2016 Oscar nominations live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, on January 14.
Naturally, they couldn’t do it in any old fashion though: They solicited master filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee for the task, alongside former Office star/dad bod-turned film star/ripped abs John Krasinski.
If you tuned into the 2016 Golden Globes, you’ll have noticed that there aren’t many surprises here, with many of the same faces popping up for awards once again. Still, there were some pleasant surprises (Mad Max: Fury Road is now on our watch list) and plenty of reason to believe that this will finally be Leonardo DiCaprio‘s year. (Because, well…The Revenant.)
Canadians, in case you were wondering, are well represented in this year’s cut, with Canadian co-productions Room and Brooklyn getting Best Picture nods. Emma Donoghue, Rachel McAdams and The Weeknd were also recognized by the Academy.
Wondering who else made the final cut and who was snubbed? As always, we’ve got you covered on all the major categories, below.
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
Gut check: This is going to be a tough one. How the Academy is going to narrow this down should be fun to see.
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Gut check: Cranston’s addition here is a really nice surprise, while we thought perhaps Redmayne was just okay in The Danish Girl. However, we have a feeling that this will finally, finally be DiCaprio’s year to win some hardware after being snubbed all those other time for some pretty damned good work, if we do say so ourselves.
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Gut check: We’re having Golden Globes deja-vu, except for the addition of Jennifer Lawrence, who is the sole actress nominated for a comedy here. (At the Globes, Alicia Vikander topped this list, as she submitted as a lead for The Danish Girl.)
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Gut check: More love for Room = more love from us. But also we’re totally happy Mad Max made the cut, as it’s had the world buzzing for almost a year now!
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Gut check: Hoorah for Sly, getting a nod after receiving no love for Rocky all these years. Mind you, we were totally expecting the bear from The Revenant to get some recognition here after Jonah Hill‘s impression at the Golden Globes.
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikanker, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Gut check: We were all about Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl (no offence, Eddie) and are pretty pumped to see her here. But after that season that was True Detective, we’re beyond happy to see our Canadian gal McAdams get some love for Spotlight.
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Gut check: Remember when Michael Moore won in this category and pretty much filibustered with his acceptance speech? The awards have seemed so tame ever since.
Best Animated Feature Film
Boy and the World
Shaun The Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There
Gut check: We’d be lying if we’d heard of anything other than Shaun the Sheep and Inside Out, but Inside Out gave us all the feels. Also, Mindy Kaling.
Bridge of Spies
Straight Outta Compton
Gut check: Is it wrong that we cheered right alongside the live crowd when Straight Outta Compton was nominated? That may have been the morning’s biggest (delightful) surprise.
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Gut check: Um, they have to give at least one award to Star Wars, right? We’d say the music is a pretty damned good category to do that with.
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
Gut check: This is a tough, tough category. Room made us cry and sat with us for a long, long time. And let’s face it: writing a movie that takes place mostly in one little room is a hard feat to pull off. But The Martian had chutzpah. And they both had heart.
The 88th Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, airs Sunday, February 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV.