Here's What You Need To Know About The 2016 Academy Awards

It's Hollywood's biggest night!

Of all the awards someone who works in film can get, the Academy Award is the most coveted. The iconic gold statue, nicknamed Oscar, is given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

While the average person might not realize it, a good film relies on the hard work and artistic talent of hundreds of individuals, making sure that each aspect of the way a film looks, flows, and sounds are all done just right. The members of the Academy, who are experts in 17 different branches of film, choose which films created in the previous year were so incredible they deserve to be recognized.

Chris Rock will be hosting the 88th Academy Awards, airing on ABC at 7 p.m. EST, 4 pm PST on Sunday, February 28.

The nominations have now been announced. The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, picked up 12 nominations including Best Picture, more than any other film this year. Though Star Wars: The Force Awakens demolished every box office record known to man, its five nominations reflect only its music and post-production editing. 

Ready to predict the winners?

And the nominees are ...

Best Picture:


  • The Big Short

  • Bridge of Spies

  • Brooklyn

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

  • The Revenant

  • Room

  • Spotlight


  • 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

  • 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

  • Actress in a Leading Role:

    • Cate Blanchett, Carol

    • Brie Larson, Room

    • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

    Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

  • Actress in a Supporting Role:

    • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

    • Rooney Mara, Carol

    • Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

    Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

  • Animated Feature Film:

    • Anomalisa

    • Boy and the World

    • Inside Out

    Shaun the Sheep Movie

  • When Marnie Was There

  • Cinematography:

    • Carol

    • The Hateful Eight

    • Mad Max: Fury Road

    The Revenant

  • Sicario

  • Costume Design:

    • Carol

    • Cinderella

    • The Danish Girl

    Mad Max: Fury Road

  • The Revenant

  • Directing:

    • Adam McKay - The Big Short

    • George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road

    • Alejandro G. Iñárritu - The Revenant

    Lenny Abrahamson - Room

  • Tom McCarthy - Spotlight

  • Documentary Feature:

    • Amy

    • Cartel Land

    • The Look of Silence

    What Happened, Miss Simone?

  • Winter on Fire

  • Documentary Short:

    • Body Team

    • Chau, Beyond the Lines

    • Claude Lanzmann

    A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

  • Last Day of Freedom

  • Film Editing:

    • The Big Short

    • Mad Max: Fury Road

    • The Revenant

    Spotlight

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • Foreign Language Film:

    • Embrace of the Serpent

    • Mustang

    • Son of Saul

    Theeb

  • A War

  • Makeup And Hairstyling:

    • Mad Max: Fury Road

    • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    The Revenant

    Music (Original Song):

    • "Earned It" - Fifty Shades of Grey

    • "Manta Ray" - Racing Extinction

    • "Simple Song #3" - Youth

    "Til It Happens to You" - The Hunting Ground

  • "Writing's on the Wall" - Spectre

  • Music (Original Score):

    • Bridge of Spies

    • Carol

    • The Hateful Eight

    Sicario

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • Production Design:

    • Bridge of Spies

    • The Danish Girl

    • Mad Max: Fury Road

    The Martian

  • The Revenant

  • Short Film (Animated):

    • Bear Story

    • Prologue

    • Sanjay's Super Team

    We Can't Live Without Cosmos

  • World of Tomorrow

  • Short Film (Live Action):

    • Ava Maria

    • Day One

    • Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

    Shok

  • Stutterer

  • Sound Editing:

    • Mad Max: Fury Road

    • Sicario

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    The Martian

  • The Revenant

  • Sound Mixing:

    • Bridge of Spies

    • Mad Max: Fury Road

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    The Martian

  • The Revenant

  • Visual Effects:

    • Ex Machina

    • Mad Max: Fury Road

    • The Martian

    The Revenant

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • Writing (Adapted Screenplay):

    • The Big Short

    • Brooklyn

    • Carol

    The Martian

  • Room

  • Writing (Original Screenplay):

    • Bridge of Spies

    • Ex Machina

    • Inside Out

    • Spotlight

    Straight Outta Compton

    Who do you think will be taking home an Oscar this year? Let us know in the comments!

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