88th Academy Awards
Official poster
DateFebruary 28, 2016
SiteDolby Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byChris Rock[1]
Produced byDavid Hill
Reginald Hudlin[2]
Most nominationsThe Revenant (12)
TV in the United States

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best English-language films of 2015 and is scheduled to take place on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony will be televised in the United States by ABC, and will be produced by David Hill and Reginald Hudlin.[3] Actor Chris Rock will host the show for the second time, having previously hosted the 77th ceremony held in 2005.[4]


Date Event
Saturday, November 14, 2015 The Governors Awards
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Nominations polls open at 8:00 a.m. PST (05:00, 31 Dec. UTC) (11:00 a.m. EST)
Friday, January 8, 2016 Nominations polls close at 5:00 p.m. PST (01:00, 9 Jan. UTC) (8:00 p.m. EST)
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Nominations announced at 5:30 a.m. PST (13:30 UTC) (8:30 a.m. EST) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Monday, February 8, 2016 Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 12, 2016 Final voting begins
Saturday, February 13, 2016 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards presentation
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Final polls close at 5:00 p.m. PST (01:00, 21 Feb. UTC) (8:00 p.m. EST)
Sunday, February 28, 2016 88th Annual Academy Awards presentation

Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced on January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PST (13:30 UTC), at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and actor John Krasinski.[5][6] The Revenant received the most nominations with twelve total, with Mad Max: Fury Road coming in second with ten.[7] For the second consecutive year, a film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu received the most nominations.


Films with multiple nominations and awards

Honorary Academy Awards

The Academy held its 7th Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 14, 2015, during which the following awards were presented:[8][9][10]

Academy Honorary Awards

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Ceremony information

Rock at the 2012 premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards.

After the negative reception received from the preceding year's ceremony, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan announced that they would not be returning to produce the show for the fourth year.[11] Shortly afterwards, actor Neil Patrick Harris announced that he would not host the Oscars for a second time. In an interview released from The Huffington Post, he said "I don't know that my family nor my soul could take it. It's a beast. It was fun to check off the list, but for the amount of time spent and the understandable opinionated response, I don't know that it's a delightful balance to do every year or even again."[12] With re-elected Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs assuming leadership duties, the Academy hired David Hill and Reginald Hudlin in September 2015 to produce the ceremony. A day after they were announced as the producers, Hill said that the show would have two hosts.[13] However in October 2015, it was announced that actor and comedian Chris Rock would be hosting the telecast.[1] They explained why they brought Rock back as host, saying, "Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry. Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian — he's done it all. He's going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!"[14] Rock expressed that he was thrilled to be selected to emcee the gala again, commenting, "I'm so glad to be hosting the Oscars, it's great to be back."[15]

Box office performance of nominated films

The combined gross of the eight Best Picture nominees at the United States and Canadian box offices was $606.6 million, at an average of $75.8 million which is the sixth-highest of all time in the past 33 years.[16][17] 2015's eight Best Picture nominees were in the second highest average number of theaters per film at 2,323, second only to 2003 where the average theater count per nominee was 2,368. However, the average gross per theater ranks 26th out of the 33 years evaluated with an average of $32,636 per theater.[16]

When the nominations were announced on January 14, 2016, The Martian was the highest-grossing film among the Best Picture nominees with $226.6 million in domestic box office receipts.[16] Mad Max: Fury Road was the second-highest-grossing film with $153.6 million; this was followed by Bridge of Spies ($70.7 million), The Revenant ($54.1 million), The Big Short ($44.6 million), Spotlight ($28.8 million), Brooklyn ($22.7 million) and Room ($5.1 million).[16]

Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 46 nominations went to 11 films on the list. Only Inside Out (4th), The Martian (8th), Straight Outta Compton (18th), Mad Max: Fury Road (20th), Creed (28th), Bridge of Spies (42nd), and The Revenant (44th) were nominated for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, or any of the directing, acting, or screenwriting awards. The other top 50 box office hits that earned nominations were Star Wars: The Force Awakens (1st), Cinderella (9th), Spectre (10th), and Fifty Shades of Grey (16th).

Criticism regarding lack of diversity

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Shortly after the nominations were announced, many media outlets observed a lack of diversity amongst the nominees in major categories for the second year running.[18][19][20][21] Shortly after, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs stated:

"Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness (of the films nominated). This has been a great year in film...However, we are not stopping...We are moving forward and will continue to move forward with conversation and action. That needs to happen not just within the Academy, but the entire motion picture industry.[22]

Isaacs said the Academy is taking "dramatic steps to alter the makeup" of its membership and diversify it in areas of "gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation."[23]

See also


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  2. ^ Hammond, Pete (September 1, 2015). "Oscars: David Hill & Reginald Hudlin To Produce 88th Academy Awards". Deadline.com (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (April 9, 2015). "Oscars: Academy Announces Show Dates For Next Three Years, Dates For 2015–16 Season". Deadline.com (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved May 23, 2015.
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  5. ^ Coggan, Devan (January 13, 2016). "John Krasinski, Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee to announce Oscar nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Ford, Rebecca (January 14, 2016). "Oscar Nominations: The Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Shoard, Catherine; Pulver, Andrew (January 14, 2016). "Oscar nominations 2016: The Revenant leads field, Mad Max in second place". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  8. ^ "Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds And Gena Rowlands To Receive Academy'S 2015 Governors Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
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  10. ^ Hammond, Pete (August 27, 2015). "Oscars: Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs On Governors Awards Winners' Reactions – "They Always Take My Call"". Deadline.com (Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Hammond, Pete (March 26, 2015). "Oscars: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Not Returning In 2016; Academy Starts New Producer Search". Deadline.com (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Bradley, Bill (March 4, 2015). "Neil Patrick Harris Doesn't Know If His 'Family Or Soul' Could Take Another Oscars". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  13. ^ Breznican, Anthony (September 2, 2015). "Oscars producer says there will be two hosts for next year's ceremony". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  14. ^ Verhoeven, Beatrice (October 21, 2015). "Chris Rock Confirmed to Host the Oscars". TheWrap. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  15. ^ "Chris Rock to host 2016 Oscars". BBC News. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  16. ^ a b c d Brad Brevet (January 15, 2016). "Oscar Box Office: A Look at the 2015 Best Picture Nominees". Box Office Mojo. (Amazon.com). Retrieved January 16, 2016. ((cite web)): Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  17. ^ "The Oscar Boost". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 16, 2015. ((cite web)): Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  18. ^ Gray, Tim (January 14, 2016). "Academy Nominates All White Actors for Second Year in Row". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 18, 2016. Last year's Oscar nominations drew howls of protests for their lack of diversity. This year, it's even worse.
  19. ^ Begley, Sarah (January 14, 2016). "The Oscars Are Very White This Year—Again". Time. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  20. ^ Hogan, Mike (January 14, 2016). "The Oscars Are Way Too White, Again". Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  21. ^ Lang, Nico (January 14, 2016). "Oscar snubs that hurt: The Academy Awards still aren't designed for anyone who isn't white, straight, and male". Salon. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  22. ^ Legaspi, Althea (January 15, 2016). "Academy President Addresses Lack of Oscar Diversity". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  23. ^ "Academy President Issues Lengthy Statement on Lack of Oscars Diversity". The Hollywood Reporter. January 18, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.

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