It’s Oscar time! It’s time to see whose trailers will get that extra spunk with the words “Academy Award x” featured (that x meaning either winner or nominee, soon to be determined).

The nominations have just been revealed, and 2016’s Academy Awards looks to be most certainly interesting. We have some huge surprises this year, akin to the 2012 Academy Awards, and not all of them are bad; Only some.

We have some obvious heavy hitters (Mad Max: Fury Road may as well start spraying gold on themselves and not just chrome), but some films sadly didn’t get all of their glory. These include Inside Out missing out on Best Picture, Charlie Kaufman and Aaron Sorkin for Anomalisa’s and Steve Jobs’ screenplay respectively (Quentin Tarantino will be missing out on that supposed third Oscar the was so keen he’d be getting as Hateful Eight garners some nominations, and none of them are screenplay based), and Carol’s shocking lack of Best Picture or Best Director nominations for Todd Haynes’ poetic work. That last snub is quite difficult to take in, actually, as Carol was easily a great moment of this year’s cinema, and with only eight Best Picture nominees, two more cold have surely fit in, no?

However, we have some big twists that are worth noting. Tom Hardy has been nominated for his fantastic turn in The Revenant, Charlotte Rampling got noticed (deservedly) for her work in 45 Years and the Best Animated Film section got some lovely picks outside of the obvious few (Boy and the World and When Marnie was There). Otherwise, we have our standard nominees that we have expected. Leonardo DiCaprio’s there with his expected final Oscar gold (unless something changes), the difficult Best Actress category of Brie Larson, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan and Jennifer Lawrence is now terrifyingly real (especially with Rampling tossed into the mix), and the Foreign Language Film category has some familiar names we’ve seen all year (Mustang and Son of Saul).

I also had no idea that Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s last name was pronounced Iyarttitu. He won Oscars last year, and nothing was mentioned even then. I’m glad it took a year to finally clear this up!

One final gripe: Did we need to give 50 Shades of Grey a nomination? Couldn’t we have used that annoying gum commercial jingle from Inside Out as a credible Original Song nomination instead?

We’ll see what happens this year. Best Picture is a bit difficult to gauge at this point in time. We will feature a reaction to the Academy Awards nominations on our film podcast Contra Zoom, and we will have Live in Limbo’s usual Oscar Roundtable for the third year in a row closer to the big day. We will also have predictions listed in the future. For now, we can only do what the scrubs in Mad Max scream: Witness.

Best Picture:

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

Directing:

Adam McKay: The Big Short

George Miller: Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G. Iñárritu: The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson: Room

Tom McCarthy: 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

Actress In A Leading Role:

Cate Blanchett: Carol

Brie Larson: Room

Jennifer Lawrence: Joy

Charlotte Rampling: 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan: Brooklyn

Film In A Foreign Language:

Embrace of the Serpect (Columbia)

Mustang (France)

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Theeb (Jordan)

A War (Denmark)

Animated Feature:

Anomalisa

Boy And the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie was There

Documentary Feature:

Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone

Winter On Fire: Ukraines’ Fight For Freedom

Actor In A Supporting Role:

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Tom Hardy – Revenant

Marc Ruffalo – Spotlight

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Actress In A Supporting Role:

Jennifer Jason Leigh –  The Hateful Eight

Roony Mara – Carol

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Adapted Screenplay:

The Big Short

Brooklyn

Carol

Martian

Room

Original Screenplay:

Bridge Of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

Cinematography:

Carol

Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Sicario

Visual Effects:

Ex Machina

Mad Max:Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Original Score:

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Original Song:

“Earned It”-50 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

Film Editing:

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Production Design:

Bridge Of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Costume Design:

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Make Up/Hair:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

Sound Editing:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sound Mixing:

Bridge Of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Live Action Short:

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything will be Okay

Shok

Stutterer

Best Animated Short Film:

Bear Story

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

Documentary Short:

Body Team 12

Chau, Beyond The Lines

Claude Lauzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Last Day of Freedom