Guys, get yer fancy on! The 88th annual Academy Awards nominations are in. Today, Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee (yay diversity!) announced the first batch of nominees. And to no one’s surprise Emmanuel “El Chivo” Lubezki received his eighth Best Achievement in Cinematography nod for The Revenant. Keeping Lubezki company in that first round of nominees is Chile’s Bear Story which got a nod for Best Short Film Animated.
After minting Lubezki, our rep Jim Halpert… I mean John Krasinski joined the Academy’s President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (a woman of color, how progressive!) in announcing the categories we all tune in for, those with faces we recognize. Actually, let’s be accurate here, those with white faces we recognize. In a shameful reprise of last year, zero actors of color were nominated. In other words, #OscarsSoWhiteTheSequel.
We did get some Latino representation this year in the behind-the-camera categories (only men, cuz… you know, sexism.) For the second year in a row, Alejandro González Iñárritu can get his cozy fuzzy slippers on as he’s poised to take home the Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing for The Revenant. Listen, I am down with that. I would give the trailer an Oscar, because holy shit, that is some seriously thought out work. The Revenant also snagged a Best Picture nom. In fact, the Mexicano’s film is the overall leader with a whopping 12 nominations. Well deserved Mr. Iñárritu. Let’s cross our fingers the Oscar presenters know how to pronounce your last name.
Watch the Academy President uncomfortably stumble while trying to pronounce Iñárritu at 10:49.
Colombia’s El Abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent) is in the running for Best Foreign Language film. While Brazil’s O menino e o mundo (Boy and the World) will be repping us in the Animated Feature Film category alongside California-born Jonas Rivera for Inside Out. In documentary land, the U.S.-Mexico co-production that takes on vigilantes on both sides of the border Cartel Land was also recognized (albeit none of the Mexican producers were nominated.)
Check out our list of Latino nominees below.
Hosted by Chris Rock, the 2016 Academy Awards will be presented on February 28 on ABC at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.
Best Picture: The Revenant
The nominees for The Revenant include its Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu along with his co-producers Mary Parent and Keith Redmon.
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
With The Revenant, El Chivo has reached a staggering eight nominations for his camera work. If he takes home the award in February, it would be his third Oscar win.
Best Foreign Language Film: Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia
If El Abrazo de la serpiente were to win, the award would officially go to the country of Colombia, not the filmmakers.
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Bay Area-bred Pixar stalwart Jonas Rivera is nominated alongside Pete Docter.
Best Animated Feature: Boy and the World
The colorful film O menino e o mundo brings Brazilian director Alê Abreu his first Oscar nomination.
Best Animated Short Film: Bear Story
Chilean director Gabriel Osorio and producer Pato Escala’s first nomination comes courtesy of the short film Historia de un oso.