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Academy Awards Announce Best Documentary Shorts Contenders

Oscar®-nominee, Rooney Mara, arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.
Oscar®-nominee, Rooney Mara, arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 89th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to 10 films, of which 5 will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 61 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Brillo Box (3¢ Off),” Brillo Box Documentary
“Close Ties,” Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association
“Extremis,” f/8 Filmworks in association with Motto Pictures
“4.1 Miles,” University of California, Berkeley
“Frame 394,” Compy Films


“Joe’s Violin,” Lucky Two Productions
“The Mute’s House,” The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School
“The Other Side of Home,” Feeln
“Watani: My Homeland,” ITN Productions
“The White Helmets,” Grain Media and Violet Films

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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Jason Bourne: Interview with the Cast and Crew

About Jason Bourne

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne.  Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.


The Cast

For Jason Bourne, Matt Damon is joined by the incredibly talented and sexy Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and screen legend Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series. Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Based on the characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse.

Interview with Alicia Vikander

About the Film

Almost two decades ago, a brilliant young soldier volunteered for an experimental special-ops program after he was told that terrorists killed his father. He was promised he could honor his family and country by evolving an already impressive intellect, deft agility and adaptable skillset into the unimaginable. It was all a lie.


Subjected to brutal training he doesn’t remember by people he couldn’t then identify, the elite-trained assassin who came to be called Jason Bourne was molded into a $100 million human weapon who, according to his designers, malfunctioned.

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When Bourne tracked his makers to learn their end game, they tried to erase him and took away the only woman he ever loved. Once he found revenge, learned his real identity and what he believed was the goal of his creators’ campaign, Bourne felt a semblance of peace and vanished…for what he hoped was forever.

Once a new program is activated—one developed by a global power structure more intricate and duplicitous than in the period of superpowers from which Bourne was created—he is flushed out of hiding by an instantly malleable network that is more dangerous than any individual government. The singular goal of this power nexus is to manipulate terror, technology and insurgency to fit its end game. While his pursuers believe Bourne will come in for reconditioning if they deliver him what he most desires, the most elite weapon ever designed knows what his trackers cannot grasp: even broken soldiers defend the innocent from those with unchecked power.

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The Operative Returns

In the world of action choreography, chase sequences and intricate switchbacks, the Bourne films—with their innovative story and structure—have set a new standard for an entire genre. For almost ten years, audiences have demanded Greengrass and Damon reunite for another chapter that is equal parts intellect, espionage and action.


A lot has happened in the world since operative Jason Bourne went off the grid at the end of 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum—and it’s precisely the passage of time that has allowed for his return. Filmmakers had long sought the precise confluence of socio-political events that would provide the iconic Bourne with the right global stage that could further his story, and these started to align in 2014.

Producer Frank Marshall

Producer Frank Marshall—who’s been aboard the Bourne team from the first film—says: “We finally came up with a story that is current and relevant to justify Bourne coming back. Paul, Chris, Matt and all the rest of us have been discussing these possible stories and finally, one hit. One of the things that most concerned us was not just having another movie, another sequel to the last Bourne, but having a shift in the modern world that was relevant…which would then inspire us into telling a new story.

“We all felt that the world has changed dramatically and inspired us to come up with a timely story that applies to what’s happening today,” he continues. “This series is special to me, because I was there at the start of that germ of an idea, where we took Robert Ludlum’s first book—it was a Cold War story at first—and made it come to life in a 21st century world. It’s exciting to me to be on the fifth one, and still have it be relevant and to know that filmgoers are still eager to see where Bourne is going to go.”

Producer Gregory Goodman

Producer Gregory Goodman says that what Greengrass and his longtime collaborator, Christopher Rouse, created in their screenplay was not only timely, it was propulsive: “I believe that waiting was a very good thing, because it gives the movie a chance to speak to much more serious issues and to be honest.”

WikiLeaks & Snowden

Producer Gregory Goodman continues; “A lot of the paranoia and concerns that were brought up in the previous films seems almost naïve compared to what we’re dealing with in a post-Snowden, WikiLeaks world—along with a sense that there actually is a secret government running separately from us. What I find compelling is that even the so-called bad guys have a valid argument. It’s clear to me as a citizen, separate from this film, that we as a society have difficult choices we need to make about balancing our need for security and safety with our need for transparency and privacy. This film touches on that, but in the context of an adrenaline-filled action picture.”

Matt Damon

On the enduring popularity of the character he brought to life, Matt Damon comments: “We love him just as much as everybody else, and we were leery of putting the cart before the horse and making another Bourne movie before we were ready with a good story—it was a case of waiting for the world to change a bit. Paul and I would talk constantly, and the one thing that I always said was that I’d do it if he would. We would talk about projects all the time, and we made another movie together in the interim. Every few months, it seemed like we would have a Bourne conversation, but we couldn’t seem to get anywhere until about 18 months ago.”

The obvious issue to tackle first was, “where has Bourne been all this time?” According to the time frame established in Ultimatum, the operative walked away at the end of 2004. “So what has he been doing for 12 years and what does his life look like?,” continues Damon. “That was the biggest question to answer, and once we got a bead on that, everything started to fall into place.”

Editor Christopher Rouse

Not only has Bourne been absent, but the world he left is a much different place than when we last found him. Greengrass’ fellow screenwriter, and longtime editor, Christopher Rouse—who won an Academy Award® for his editing work on The Bourne Ultimatum, expands upon Goodman’s comment: “At the heart of any Bourne film is a character who’s a patriot. He signed up to defend his country and was betrayed by the institutions in power that he believed in. Those are very palpable feelings in today’s world. If you look at the financial crisis and what happened with the NSA, I think some people feel they’ve been deceived by their government and are acting out.”

Blackbriar Program

The issues of balancing global privacy with state security were fascinating to Rouse and Greengrass, and it was important to the writing partners that Bourne be haunted by his actions from the last film. On Rouse: “Bourne had blown the whistle when he exposed the Blackbriar program at the end of Ultimatum, and that was an act that made sense to him at the time. Still, I’m sure it has caused him some conflict since then. He’s a man of conscience, and he’s been subjecting himself to a life of penance.”

Matt Damon Discusses Cyber Warfare

Without a riveting storyline to plug the character into, however, Bourne would have remained off the grid, cinematically and otherwise. Damon remarks: “The whole concept of this fourth arena of cyber warfare and what has happened with technology recently, that’s very much in the public consciousness—our digital life, our civil liberties, to what extent people are keeping tabs on us. Bourne finds himself in this new world.”

While the thriller touches on current political issues, certainly a sense of cynicism and weariness the world feels with entrusting people to run our world for us. Goodman explains: “The ensuing years that have elapsed have brought us to a very different place with the way we see the world and our place in it. There has been a lot of trepidation and concern about some of the choices our society has made on a global scale.”

Digital Espionage

Though clearly the continuation of the story of Bourne and his search for truth, this chapter behaves much more like a stand-alone one. Marshall says: “You immediately fall into Bourne’s previous world—one of espionage and spies, and now, today, with satellites, surveillance and easily accessible information, people are familiar with this world. When audiences understand the world that Jason is in, what he’s trying to do, they will be able to catch up quickly, even if they haven’t seen the previous films. And people know who Jason Bourne is will just want to see what his next move will be and go along for the ride.”

Matt Damon Discusses Fans

Damon says: “At the end of the day, the number one reason that we made the movie was because people wanted to see it. Every airport I’m in, or every time I’m walking down the street and somebody stops me, that’s the first question: ‘Are you going to do another Bourne movie?’ So it’s exciting on one hand, but there’s also a lot of pressure on the other, because you want it to be of a piece with the other films. We’re all extremely proud of the previous three movies, and we want this to fit nicely with them. We’re excited and anxious, and definitely feeling the pressure—but we feel like we know what it is that audiences like about these movies, and we are doing our best to deliver a good one.

He pauses: “I’m sure I’ll always be associated with this role, no matter what else I do—you do something four separate times in your career, and it’s going to follow you around. But I don’t mind being followed by this one, because I really like Jason Bourne.”

Julia Stiles

Parsons is once again played by the returning Julia Stiles, who relates something many don’t know about her character: “Originally, Nicky, at the very end of The Bourne Identity, was thrown up against a wall, breaking her neck. But, luckily for me, they re-cut it and 15 years later, here I am.

“When I got cast, I remember thinking—but I didn’t say this out loud—‘I’m too young to be in the CIA.’ I was 19 at the time,” shares Stiles. “So, in my mind, Nicky was initially very eager, almost a very good, dutiful assistant. The natural progression over time is that she became more and more jaded, particularly through her personal connection to Jason. She cares about him as an individual and knows what the program has done to his psyche and his life. When we leave her in Ultimatum, she has to go into hiding as well. That has changed her life drastically. I’m excited, with this incarnation, to be able to make Nicky rebellious, fearless, and angry about the whole agency. She has nothing and is sick of running. There is freedom that comes from having nothing to lose. So, she sets out to expose what the organization has been doing, no matter what the cost—because this will also expose her, and she’ll have to come out of hiding.”

Strong Female Lead

Goodman introduces us to the character who suspects Parsons is seeking out Bourne: “Heather is a young woman who went to Stanford and was recruited by many organizations. She could have chosen the private sector and made millions, but it’s clear she’s a smart person who’s made a specific choice about what matters in her life. It’s not just that she’s ambitious, she also wants to be effective; she feels she’s going to make her mark by bringing Bourne back in. We needed to cast an actor of some power, to be going up against Tommy; their relationship is definitely one of spirited conflict.”

An expert in counterinsurgency and drone strikes—and an operative who has high-value target experience—Lee asks to be point on this operation and promises to deliver Parsons and Bourne. From Athens to Berlin to London and Vegas, Lee tracks them across the globe. When she starts to believe that Bourne could be brought back in and reconditioned, she makes the same deadly mistake others before her have.

For Rouse, who has been with the series since the beginning, it was critical that he and Greengrass brought a strong, young female character to the world they’ve created. He reveals: “One of the tropes of the franchise is that Bourne’s a character who’s looking into the past and trying to understand his present and his future. So it was important to have a character that threw to the future. We wanted someone who didn’t carry the baggage of the past like a Dewey, who is one of the relics in the CIA—someone who was forward thinking and raised questions for Bourne.”

Alicia Vikander

Greengrass affirms: “That’s both in terms of skill set and also as part of the new generation. I’d seen Alicia in Ex Machina and The Danish Girl, and she’s fantastic. But in all honesty, I didn’t think she would do it. For me, when you’re first starting a film, the first part you offer is very important—it can be a reality check. So, I asked her to lunch.”

That meal proved to be quite a full-circle moment for the actress.  Alicia Vikander states: “When Paul and I met, I told him something that he probably thought I made up expressly for our meeting. But, it was the truth! When I first came to London, I shared a flat with three girls, not far from where we wound up shooting in Paddington, actually. We were so broke that we shared a wardrobe; we shared beds. On Sundays, when we didn’t have enough money to go to the pub, we would just ask, ‘Should we just go watch Bourne?’ And that’s what we did. We just watched it over and over. After I had lunch with Paul, my old roommates were the first ones I called.”

On what so resonated with her obsession with the previous Bourne films, Vikander shares: “Watching most spy films growing up, I had seen a certain way of what that genre was like. Suddenly, I was faced with something that was completely new, and I loved that I found myself thinking, ‘What if Bourne actually exists? What if he is actually running out in the streets?’ I loved that you wanted it to be true. I appreciated the integration of the social and political aspects, making it an intelligent movie, while keeping it a popcorn franchise and all of the fun and scale that that means.”

Quite soon, Vikander was one of the guys on the Jason Bourne production. “Working with Paul,” she reflects, “well, it feels like the system is very much in place. There were a lot of boys on the set. There was a lot of very technical dialogue to learn, and that was a bit of a struggle. But as soon as I overcame that, I started having a lot of fun.”

Matt Damon Discusses Alicia Vikander

Matt Damon commends that, amidst the intricate backstory and long-term friendships fused over the three previous films—Vikander and Jones were incredible additions to the family. He says: Alicia brought this whole element of youth to the story, and Tommy Lee is just a legend. Essentially, these stories are all about the prodigal son returning in rage and frustration and facing his father. If you look at the trilogy, they follow that narrative arc. It’s now revealed that there’s a very deep connection between Tommy Lee’s character and mine. There’s a history that shakes Bourne to his core, and there’s a reckoning that needs to take place.”

Tommy Lee Jones

This story thread also ties Dewey and Heather together.  Tommy Lee Jones reveals: “You have some idea that Dewey’s been a mentor for her as her career has developed. And like with any child, certain resentments of the parent develop. There’s a parallel there with both the characters of Jason Bourne and Heather Lee. That’s one of the things they have in common—a bad daddy.”

Ato Essandoh

It was the more visceral aspect of the franchise that attracted Django Unchained’s Ato Essandoh to the part of operative Craig Jeffers, deputy to Dewey’s director. Essandoh discusses his part: “What I love about this series is that it asks, ‘How do you think yourself out of impossible situations?’ Well, Jason Bourne can do that. It’s realistic, gritty, and I love the fighting. It wasn’t just bang, pow, smash. It felt like grappling…how a fight would actually happen.”

Discussing his real-life agency counterparts—and the tough choices they must make every day—Essandoh offers: “There’s a lot of emotion inherent in heading into obscenely dangerous situations, but there’s also a lot of compartmentalizing that emotion so you can do your job. I think that if you know what your cause is, if you know what your mission is, then you have to convince yourself—rightly or wrongly—that what you’re doing is for the good of the people. If you can convince yourself of that, you can do just about anything.”

Alicia Vikander Discusses the Film

Vikander finds a commonality in the players on both sides of the struggle when she remarks: “The general thing with all the characters in the Bourne movies is that they’re all very, very driven and with that, extremely lonely. They all are by themselves, working very hard—they almost have a tunnel vision for whatever drives them. I believe that makes them unable to trust people and, without that, you wind up quite alone.”

Greengrass asserts that his cast made its work look deceptively simple: “These roles look quite easy from an acting standpoint, but they’re not. They’re an immense 360-degree performance challenge. These franchise movies are worlds, and moviegoers love the world of Bourne. Characters that come in have got to play their part in giving the audience this privileged view. So an actor in this film has to find his or her character and nail it, and then hone that relationship with Bourne. Because, in the end, everybody is chasing Jason Bourne. Layered on top of that is an amount backstory, along with the physicality of the acting. Amidst all of that, you have to land it in the sweet spot or it doesn’t play. It’s a huge challenge, and this cast were all up for it.”

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Sexy Alicica Vikander Wins For The Danish Girl

Known for some very sexy roles in her rapidly growing filmography, Alicia Vikander won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for the lauded film The Danish Girl, in which she has a lesbian affair with a married woman. Alicia answers questions backstage the Oscars about her big win, as follows;

Question: Congratulations, Alicia. Congratulations once again. Do you feel that your success and the success with THE DANISH GIRL will open the door for additional LGBT stories to be told in Hollywood?

Alicia: I definitely hope so. I came on this film only two years ago and I know that this was not an easy film to get made and it has been almost 15 years that one of our producers, Gail, had worked on it and to see kind of the cultural change with just me over the years since I actually finished the film with, I don’t know, with Caitlyn Jenner coming out, with TRANSPARENT and TANGERINE, it’s like a social change and I just wish that ‑‑ in the same way that this film has been so educational for me and with so many people that I got to meet and in preparation for it I hope that it can open up an even wider conversation, if our film can be a part of that discussion.


Question: What does this mean for you personally and for your career?

Alicia: (…) this is a celebration of film and the people behind it, so I’m just really honored that I was invited to be part of this thing tonight, and to get this is just beyond anything I would ever imagine. I never thought from back home that I would do films in English. I didn’t know that you could as a foreign actress really. And, I don’t know, I think if I can continue to work, that would be great.

Question: What piece of advice would you give to young girls around the world?

Alicia: I don’t know. I actually on stage said to my parents who were there and who have always told me, like, you can actually do it and it has been so many doubts and they are still there and I guess because there’s some people who have really (…) Well, what I mean is that apparently a lot of things can be possible, things that I would never, ever, ever have believed in and that is only because I have had some incredible women supporting me so that is probably what I wanted to say to some young girls, just keep on doing it (…) In her acceptance speech, she thanked among others “my mom and dad. Thank you for giving me the belief that anything can happen, even though I would never have believed this. Thank you.”

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We have seen Leonardo DiCaprio grow up on screen, as that teen heart throb that all the girls had a crush on, which most guys found annoying, to a total stud that has proven to be one of the best actors of our time. As if that were not enough, he is a beautiful soul, caring about the importance of our planet. As such, we give you here a part of his acceptance speech for Best Actor for his Win for “Revenant.”

Leonardo DiCaprio states, Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”

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Rooney Mara–Stunning Style, Beauty & Talent

Rooney Mara attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Rooney Mara dominates on the red carpet at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards, in a stunningly great dress. The beautiful star burst on to the Hollywood scene in the biggest way, with the dark and edgy “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” franchise, and has proven her massive talent since, back this year with the Oscar nominated “Carol,” for which she is nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress.

Revenant Producer Brett Ratner Shines at Governors Awards

Director Brett Ratner attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Legendary Hollywood Producer Brett Ratner, soaring this year with Best Picture nomination for “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo Dicaprio, has produced dozens of outstanding films, including last years masterful and underrated film starring Johnny Depp, “Black Mass.”

Pictured here, Mr. Ratner attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California, on Saturday 14, 2015.

Oscar’s 2016 Complete List of Nominees and Winners

Actor in a Leading Role


Leonardo DiCaprio: The Revenant


Bryan Cranston


Matt Damon

The Martian

Michael Fassbender

Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne

The Danish Girl

Actor in a Supporting Role


Mark Rylance: Bridge of Spies


Christian Bale

The Big Short

Tom Hardy

The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo


Sylvester Stallone


Actress in a Leading Role


Brie Larson: Room


Cate Blanchett


Jennifer Lawrence


Charlotte Rampling

45 Years

Saoirse Ronan


Actress in a Supporting Role


Alicia Vikander: The Danish Girl


Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara


Rachel McAdams


Kate Winslet

Steve Jobs

Animated Feature Film


Inside Out: Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera



Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

Boy and the World

Alê Abreu

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

When Marnie Was There

Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Picture


Spotlight: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers


The Big Short

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers


Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

Mad Max: Fury Road

Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers

The Martian

Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers

The Revenant

Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers


Ed Guiney, Producer



The Revenant: Emmanuel Lubezki



Ed Lachman

The Hateful Eight

Robert Richardson

Mad Max: Fury Road

John Seale


Roger Deakins

Costume Design


Mad Max: Fury Road: Jenny Beavan



Sandy Powell


Sandy Powell

The Danish Girl

Paco Delgado

The Revenant

Jacqueline West



The Revenant: Alejandro G. Iñárritu


The Big Short

Adam McKay

Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller


Lenny Abrahamson


Tom McCarthy

Film Editing


Mad Max: Fury Road: Margaret Sixel


The Big Short

Hank Corwin

The Revenant

Stephen Mirrione


Tom McArdle

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Foreign Language Film


Son of Saul: Hungary


Embrace of the Serpent






A War


Makeup and Hairstyling


Mad Max: Fury Road: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin


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

Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

The Revenant

Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Production Design


Mad Max: Fury Road: Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson


Bridge of Spies

Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

The Danish Girl

Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish

The Martian

Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak

The Revenant

Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Sound Editing


Mad Max: Fury Road: Mark Mangini and David White


The Martian

Oliver Tarney

The Revenant

Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender


Alan Robert Murray

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound Mixing


Mad Max: Fury Road: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo


Bridge of Spies

Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

The Martian

Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

The Revenant

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects


Ex Machina: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett


Mad Max: Fury Road

Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

The Martian

Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

The Revenant

Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Music (Original Score)


The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone


Bridge of Spies

Thomas Newman


Carter Burwell


Jóhann Jóhannsson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

John Williams

Writing (Original Screenplay)


Spotlight: Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy


Bridge of Spies

Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Ex Machina

Written by Alex Garland

Inside Out

Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

Straight Outta Compton

Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Documentary (Short Subject)


A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy


Body Team 12

David Darg and Bryn Mooser

Chau, beyond the Lines

Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Adam Benzine

Last Day of Freedom

Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Documentary (Feature)


Amy: Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees


Cartel Land

Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Short Film (Animated)


Bear Story: Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala



Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

Sanjay’s Super Team

Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

Konstantin Bronzit

World of Tomorrow

Don Hertzfeldt

Short Film (Live Action)


Stutterer: Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage


Ave Maria

Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

Day One

Henry Hughes

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Patrick Vollrath


Jamie Donoughue

Music (Original Song)


Spectre: “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre; Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith


Fifty Shades of Grey

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey; Music and Lyric by The Weeknd, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

Racing Extinction

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction; Music by J. Ralph, Lyric by Anohni


“Simple Song #3” from Youth; Music and Lyric by David Lang

The Hunting Ground

“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)


The Big Short: Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay



Screenplay by Nick Hornby


Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

The Martian

Screenplay by Drew Goddard


Screenplay by Emma Donoghue
Copyright, AMPAS, 2016, All rights reserved.

Creating New Languages For Hollywood 


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards®.  Sixty pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: 

“Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso),” Gabriel Osorio, director, and Pato Escala, producer (Punkrobot Animation Studio)

“Carface (Autos Portraits),” Claude Cloutier, director (National Film Board of Canada)

“If I Was God…,” Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)

“Love in the Time of March Madness,” Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, directors (High Hip Productions and KAPWA Studioworks)

“My Home,” Phuong Mai Nguyen, director (Papy3D Productions)

“An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, director (California Institute of the Arts)

“Prologue,” Richard Williams, director, and Imogen Sutton, producer (Animation Masterclass)

“Sanjay’s Super Team,” Sanjay Patel, director, and Nicole Grindle, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)

“We Can’t Live without Cosmos,” Konstantin Bronzit, director (Melnitsa Animation Studio)

“World of Tomorrow,” Don Hertzfeldt, director (Bitter Films)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.
Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 88th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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