The complete list of nominees is here.
I've paid fairly little attention to the Oscars in recent years, but I must say I was quite pleased by the Best Picture and especially Best Actress nomination for BROOKLYN (2015), which I reviewed in November.
Saoirse Ronan was captivating as an Irish immigrant in 1950s New York. She faces stiff competition, but if nothing else I hope the nominations will lead to BROOKLYN having a wider theatrical release and more viewers becoming aware of this charming film.
I was also very happy that Sylvester Stallone received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for CREED (2015), which I reviewed in December. It was a surprisingly well-done extension of the ROCKY franchise, and Stallone was outstanding playing Rocky Balboa, 40 years on from ROCKY (1976). I wrote in my review that such a nomination would be well deserved.
Personally, I would have included THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015) on the slate of Best Picture nominees, but although the original STAR WARS (1977) was nominated, I think I stopped taking the Oscars seriously when THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) didn't receive a nomination for Best Picture. EMPIRE is, in my opinion, one of the really great movies ever made, with every aspect of filmmaking and storytelling being 100% perfect; it's a classic which I suspect has stood the test of time far better than that year's Best Picture winner (ORDINARY PEOPLE). In any event, given Oscar history, it's no surprise to me that THE FORCE AWAKENS didn't make the list.
Winners will be announced February 28th.
Previously: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. There was no Oscar post in 2009.