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2016 Academy Award snubs & nods a gift to Oscar host Chris Rock




Actor John Krasinski and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce 'The Revenant' as a nominee for Best Visual Effects.
Actor John Krasinski and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce 'The Revenant' as a nominee for Best Visual Effects.
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Two themes emerged in today's Academy Awards nominations: “The Revenant” is a beast to be reckoned with, commanding 12 nominations, and Academy voters could not rally around a single performer of color in the acting categories.

Some film lovers questioned why Oscar Isaac ("Ex Machina"), Idris Elba ("Beasts of No Nation"), and Benicio Del Toro ("Sicario") are absent as contenders, especially on the heels of last year's intense criticism of an equally white cast of nominees.

Other notable news includes the small indie "Room" getting four nominations; seven nominations for "The Martian," excluding its director Ridley Scott; and Sylvester Stallone being recognized in "Creed."

The 88th Oscars® will be hosted by comedian Chris Rock 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 4 p.m. PST. 

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Guest:

Pamela McClintock, Senior Film Writer, The Hollywood Reporter. She tweets from @PamelaDayM