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5 Oscar Noms For Star Wars! (And Other Stuff We’re Excited About)

The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced this morning by actor John Krasinski and filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee and, as usual, the list of award contenders contained some surprises and some of the sure things forecasted by last weekend’s Golden Globes. On both ends of the spectrum Space-friendly films cleaned up—looks like it’s going to be a Space-y awards season! Here’s what we’re most excited about:

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn’t recognized for any of the big awards like Best Picture, it did receive nods in five different categories, including Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score.


Fresh off its big Best “Comedy” win at the Globes, The Martian collected seven Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture and another for Best Actor for Matt Damon.


Sylvester Stallone received his first nomination since before you were born for his Best Supporting actor work in Creed. This, too, was forecasted by the omniscient Golden Globes.


Quentin Tarantino was left out in the cold this year but his cast and crew were not. The Hateful Eight picked up a nomination in the Best Cinematography and Best Original Score categories and Jennifer Jason Leigh was nominated for her Supporting Actress work.


It’ll be tough to decide who to root for in the Best Animated Feature category. Charlie Kaufman’s innovative-but-definitely-not-for-kids Anomalisa is up against the year’s family-friendly favourites Shaun the Sheep and Inside Out. But if we had to pick…


There were an impressive ten noms for Mad Max: Fury Road, though we’re surprised that Charlize Theron was left off the Best Actress list. The film did make it into the Best Picture category though, and George Miller is up for Best Director.


The Revenant cleaned up with 12 nominations, garnering nods in all the big categories (with the exception of Best Actress since there are basically no women in The Revenant other than the imaginary one Leonardo DiCaprio’s character occasionally hallucinates). Will this be Leo’s year at last? He’s had three previous Best Actor nods plus a Supporting nom, but 2015 saw the actor ingest various raw meats and crawl out of his own grave in an effort to finally be recognized. Just give it to the guy already.


The 88th Academy Awards will air February 28. For a full, not-just-Space-friendly list of nominees, GO HERE.