The day has FINALLY arrived, the 2016 Academy Awards is slowly upon us, and, as expected, this year is another nail-bitter right to the end for many of the winners. 2016 has proven to be a quite exceptional year of gloriously creative, original and visionary cinema. Thanks to the likes of filmmakers like Alejandro G. Iñárritu and his talented cast and crew, who brought us this year’s The Revenant, a film shot entirely with natural lighting, to George Miller’s awesome Mad Max: Fury Road, to the brilliant economic drama The Big Short, Oscar sure does have his hands full for 2016.
As we get excited and prepped for the big night of winners, Night Film Reviews will be providing LIVE coverage of the winners and predictions and reasons for each category, to get those last minute votes and ballots in.
So without further ado, lets get this party started.
*WINNERS WILL BE BOLD ONCE ANNOUNCED*
Scorching with the dry and arid heat of the desert land, an aerial view of Phoenix, Arizona fills the opening screen of French Canadian director Denis Villenueve’s newest feature Sicario. Sweaty, pulsating with uncanny tension and trumpeting with constant uncertainty, it seems that the land in which Sicario is based on is inhabited solely by the ravenous animals of the desert; and no, it isn’t referring to the four-legged desert beasts hungry for blood.
Today, movie lovers will unite and bask in the glory of the highest honours given to film and cinema. The official announcement of the Academy Awards are today, and for the first time in the history of the Academy, they have announced all categories on a televised programming. This is really exciting stuff because film is finally beginning to be recognized as a collaborative art; one that involves each and every individual, from so many diverse talents, all across the board. Celebrated directors J.J Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron were responsible for announcing all the technical awards, while Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor Chris Pine revealed the higher profile nominations.
So without any further delay, here are the 87th Annual Academy Award Nominations: