The Academy Award nominations are in and they're as non-diverse as ever

'Brooklyn' producers are the only all-female team to be nominated for Best Picture, while all acting nominees are white for the second year in a row

By Andrea Tim | Published: 15 Jan 2016

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'Brooklyn', starring Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan (Photo: Fox Searchlight)

Another year, another not-so-diverse Academy Award nomination list sparks outrage. All the actors and actresses nominated for the Oscars are white for the second year in a row. Granted, nominations should be given out by merit and not by one's gender or race, but actors like Creed star Michael B. Jordan and Beast of No Nations' Idris Elba are good examples of surprising snubs, which Variety has taken the liberty of highlighting, as did Master of None star Lena Waithe.

The fact is that there are more male directors than female ones in the industry; while it's not too surprising that not a single female director made the list alongside the very strong (and all-male) Best Directing contenders, it's still a sting for women in Hollywood, especially the ones behind the camera. However, this is redeemed slightly in the Best Picture nominations, in which Brooklyn producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey make up the only all-female team in the category.

The Revenant came out on top with 12 nominations, with Mad Max: Fury Road trailing behind with 10. Most of the categories have predictable contenders, but it remains to be seen if those who won at the Golden Globes will win again (let the "Let Leo win" campaign begin).

The 88th Academy Awards will be hosted again by Chris Rock on 28 February 2016. Here are some of the nominees.

Best Picture
The Big Short - Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
Bridge of Spies - Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Brooklyn - Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Mad Max: Fury Road - Doug Mitchell and George Miller
The Martian - Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam
The Revenant - Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon
Room - Ed Guiney
Spotlight - Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust

Best Actor
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
Matt Damon - The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Brie Larson - Room
Jennifer Lawrence - Joy
Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale - The Big Short
Tom Hardy - The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight
Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone - Creed

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara - Carol
Rachel McAdams - Spotlight
Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs

Best Directing
Adam McKay - The Big Short
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu - The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson - Room
Tom McCarthy - Spotlight

Best Original Score
Thomas Newman - Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell - Carol
Ennio Morricone - The Hateful Eight
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Sicario
John Williams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Costume Design
Carol - Sandy Powell
Cinderella - Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl - Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road - Jenny Beavan
The Revenant - Jacqueline West

Click here to see the full list of nominees.


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