Some notes and figures from the 88th Academy Awards nominations. The big film of the morning was "The Revenant" with 12 Oscar nominations. (The record for the most Oscar nominations is 13.)
Thursday morning, nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were unveiled in a two-part presentation live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams kicked off the announcement with the first 11 categories. Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs then took the stage to unveil the nominations for the 13 remaining categories.
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The big film of the morning was "The Revenant" with 12 Oscar nominations. (The record for the most Oscar nominations is 13.)
“The Revenant”: 12
“Mad Max: Fury Road”: 10
“The Martian”: 7
“Bridge of Spies”: 6
“The Big Short”: 5
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: 5
“The Danish Girl”: 4
“The Hateful Eight”: 3
“Ex Machina”: 2
“Inside Out”: 2
“Steve Jobs”: 2
For Best Picture, there were eight nominees. Since a rule change in 2011 first allowed for the possibility of between five and ten nominees, there have been nine nominees (84th, 85th and 86th Academy Awards) and last year, we also saw eight nominees.
Best Picture Release Dates: "Mad Max: Fury Road," May 14, 2015; "The Martian," Oct. 1, 2015; "Bridge of Spies," Oct. 15, 2015; "Room," Oct. 15, 2015; "Brooklyn," Nov. 4, 2015; "Spotlight," Nov. 5, 2015; "The Big Short," Dec. 10, 2015; and "The Revenant," Dec. 25, 2015.
In the acting categories, there are eight first-time nominees (Bryan Cranston, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rachel McAdams and Alicia Vikander). Five are previous acting winners (Eddie Redmayne, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Winslet).
At age 25, Jennifer Lawrence is the youngest four-time acting nominee.
Rocky," is the sixth person nominated for playing the same role in two different films. He follows Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in "Going My Way" (1944) and "The Bells of St. Mary's" (1945); Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in "The Hustler" (1961) and "The Color of Money" (1986); Peter O'Toole as Henry II in "Becket" (1964) and "The Lion in Winter" (1968); Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather Part II" (1974); and Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth" (1998) and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007). Of these, only Bing Crosby and Paul Newman won Oscars (in 1944 and 1986, respectively).
John Williams received his 50th Oscar nomination. The composer extends his record number of music scoring nominations to 45, with his Original Score nomination for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." He holds the most Academy Award nominations of any living person. (Walt Disney holds the records — at 59.)
Thomas Newman's nomination for Original Score for "Bridge of Spies" is his 13th and brings the total for members of the Newman family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy) to 89, more than any other family.
The Original Song nomination for "Manta Ray" from "Racing Extinction" is the fifth for a song from a documentary. Previous nominations were for "More" from "Mondo Cane" (1963); "I Need To Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth," which won an Oscar in 2006; "Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice" (2012), also written by this year's nominee J. Ralph; and "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from "Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me" (2014).
Roger Deakins has the most nominations for Cinematography of any living person with 13, a title received for the first time last year. Charles B. Lang, Jr. and Leon Shamroy share the all-time record with 18 nominations each.
Sandy Powell now has the most nominations for Costume Design of any living person with 12. Last year, Colleen Atwood claimed the title, with 11 nominations. The overall record in the category belongs to Edith Head with 35 nominations.
With his two nominations for Sound Mixing (for "Bridge of Spies" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"), Andy Nelson has tied Kevin O'Connell's record for the most individual nominations in the category with 20.
"Inside Out" is the ninth animated feature to receive a Writing nomination. To date, none has won. With his fourth Writing nomination this year, Pete Docter has tied Andrew Stanton for the most writing nominations for animated films.
Read the full list of nominees here.
The 88th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2015, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.