The Oscar Nominations That Have Everyone Reeling

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While everyone is frenzying to keep up with their New Year’s resolutions, we all have the chance to settle down and watch all of the world’s greatest stars mingle over drinks and silently bitter competition. Yes, it’s the 88th annual Academy Awards.

However, this year’s most anticipated award show does not come without its designer bag full of drama. #OscarsSoWhite has been spreading all over the internet, as is people’s outrage over the nominees’ diversity, or lack-thereof. There has even been talk about a possible boycott of the Oscars in protest over the Academy’s absence of appreciation for all of the artistic accomplishments made by people of color in show business. If, however, you are choosing to partake in 2016’s Academy Awards then put in some (lightly-buttered) microwave popcorn, pop on your favorite (knock-off) Louis Vuitton’s, settle into your comfy couch and get ready to watch the biggest award show of the year.

303 Magazine is here to show you the recently announced nominees of the most exciting categories, so place your bets and tune in on February 28th to see which of your favorites are walking away 8.5 pounds heavier (in gold).

The 88th Annual Academy Award Nominees

Best Picture

Mad Max: Fury Road via Mad Max -- Facebook
“Mad Max: Fury Road” via Mad Max — Facebook

“The Big Short,” featuring Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling

“Bridge of Spies,” featuring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Alan Alda

“Brooklyn,” featuring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult

“The Martian” featuring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig

“The Revenant,” featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter

“Room,” featuring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay and Sean Bridges

“Spotlight,” featuring Mark RuffaloMichael Keaton and Rachel McAdams

Best Actor

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Michael Fassbender via Michael Fassbender Online — Facebook

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Best Actress

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Saoirse Ronan via Saoirse Ronan — Facebook

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”

Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hardy via Tom Hardy -- Facebook
Tom Hardy via Tom Hardy — Facebook

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”

Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Supporting Actress

Alicia Vikander via Alicia Vikander -- Facebook
Alicia Vikander via Alicia Vikander — Facebook

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best Directing

The Big Short via The Big Short -- Facebook
“The Big Short” via The Big Short — Facebook 

Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Best Animated Feature Film

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“Inside Out” via Inside Out — Facebook 

“Anomalisa,” written by Charlie Kauffman

“Boy and the World,” written by Alê Abreu

“Inside Out,” written by Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley

“Shaun the Sheep Movie,” written by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

“When Marnie Was There,” written by Joan G. Robinson (novel) and Keiko Niwa, Masashi Ando and Hiromasa Yonebayashi (screenplay)

That concludes the most anticipated Oscar categories and nominees. Now the waiting game commences until Feb. 28th where we all will find out the fate of our favorite actors, films and other categorical contenders such as the winners of Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, etc. As for Best Actor, I think we can safely assume that most of us are rooting for you, Leo!

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