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Canadians at the Oscars®


(January 14, 2016 – Hollywood, CA) The last few years haven’t been so good for Canadians when it came to being nominated, let alone winning, a coveted Oscar®. This year, thanks to some co-productions, Canada has fared much better and two films in particular have just received a huge boost thanks to the announcements made this morning by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Following are those categories we’ll be paying attention to when the Academy Awards® are announced on February 28th. We have highlighted and/or linked to those films or names nominated this morning:

Performance by an actress in a leading role:
Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
Brie Larson in “Room
Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn

Performance by an actress in a supporting role:
Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara in “Carol”
Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”

Achievement in cinematography:
“Carol” Ed Lachman
“The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson
“Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale
“The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario” Roger Deakins

Achievement in directing:
“The Big Short” Adam McKay
“Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller
“The Revenant” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Room” Lenny Abrahamson
“Spotlight” Tom McCarthy

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score):
“Bridge of Spies” Thomas Newman
“Carol” Carter Burwell
“The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone
Sicario” Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” John Williams

Best motion picture of the year:
“The Big Short” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
“Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
Brooklyn” 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
Room” Ed Guiney, Producer
“Spotlight” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Achievement in sound editing:
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Mark Mangini and David White
“The Martian” Oliver Tarney
“The Revenant” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
Sicario” Alan Robert Murray
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Adapted screenplay:
“The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Brooklyn” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
“Carol” Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
“The Martian” Screenplay by Drew Goddard
Room” Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Other nominations for Canadian filmmakers include Adam Benzine (for Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah) and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness). They will compete against each other in the Best documentary short subject category. Toronto R&B singer-songwriter The Weeknd and his Canadian songwriting collaborators Stephan Moccio, Ahmad Balshe and Jason Daheala Quenneville share an original song nomination for Earned It from the film Fifty Shades of Grey. A film shot mostly in Canada, but not a Canadian film nor Canadian co-production, The Revenant, which featured a number of Canadian actors, has been nominated in twelve categories including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Visual Effects. Some of the technical categories included Canadians, such as visual effects artist Cameron Waldbauer, set decorator Hamish Purdy, sound technician Chris Duesterdiek (for sound mixing) and makeup and hair artist Robert Pandini. Also in the Sound Mixing category is Paul Massey, nominated for his work on The Martian, and finally, in the Animated Short category, Richard Williams shares his nomination with Imogen Sutton for the short, Prologue.

Sicario is not a Canadian film, but it was the first so-called “big budget Hollywood film” for Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. It should be noted that this is the first year we can remember two Canadian films, the co-productions Brooklyn and Room, landing Best Picture nominations, in addition to the other nominations for those films.

In the event we have missed a nomination, Northernstars.ca will update this page quickly.