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Podcast: The 2015 Oscar nominations are, indeed, #sowhite

The general consensus of what reigned supreme in 2015 cinema was declared on Jan. 15 with the 88th annual Academy Award nominations.

That same week, a few of us at the Emerald discussed what surprises (or lack thereof) and diversity (or lack thereof) was boasted throughout the Oscar nominations. The Revenant mauled through the nominations list like a mama bear protecting her cubs with 11 nods total; Mad Max: Fury Road garnered 10 nominations itself; 7 for The Martian; Bridge of Spies, Carol and Spotlight tied for 6 apiece; and Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Big Short received 5 noms.

Nonetheless, some of our favorite movies, like the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief or Creed, the latest installment in the Rocky Balboa: The Next Generation saga, received minimal, if any, attention from the Academy, which makes the whole ceremony (we’ve decided) a sham.

Before the Oscars ceremony takes place on Feb. 28, take a listen to the podcast below, with Emerald writers Jordyn Brown, Craig Wright, Chris Berg, and Emerson Malone. Spoilers for Room, The Big Short, The Revenant and Spotlight abound!

Special thanks to Braedon Kwiecien and Craig Wright for production.

You can also find a full list of this year’s Academy Award nominations here:


Best Picture

The Big Short – Brad Pitt, Debe Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner

Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger

Brooklyn – Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey

Mad Max: Fury Road – Doug Mitchell and George Miller

The Martian – Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Scaefer, and Mark Huffam

The Revenant – Arnon Milcahn, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Remon

Room – Ed Guiney

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

Best Director

Adam McKay – The Big Short

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Matt Damon – The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett – Carol

Brie Larson – Room

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara – Carol

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen

Ex Machina – Alex Garland

Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, and Ronnie del Carmen

Spotlight – Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer

Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (from The Big Short by Michael Lewis)

Brooklyn – Nick Hornby (from Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín)

Carol – Phyllis Nagy (from The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith)

The Martian – Drew Goddard (from The Martian by Andy Weir)

Room – Emma Donoghue (from Room by Emma Donoghue)





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Emerson Malone

Emerson Malone

Podcast producer with The Daily Emerald and student research fellow with the UO-UNESCO Crossings Institute.