Blog_Oscars1a Each January, the entertainment community and film fans from across the globe turn their attention to the annual 2016 Academy Award nominations. Those nominated are vying for the most recognized trophy in the world: the Oscar statuette. Blog_Oscars3aThe Oscars are presented for outstanding individual or collective film achievements in a wide variety of categories. Nominations are determined by their corresponding branch – for example, actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. The final voting process, which is done via paper ballots and online, is tabulated by just two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers and is kept secret until the live Oscars telecast on ABC Sunday, February 28 at 7 p.m. EST. The Oscar statute has graced mantels of the greatest filmmakers in history since 1929. Shortly after the formation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1927, the fledgling organization held a dinner in the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles to set out its goals. Among the topics discussed was how best to honor outstanding moviemaking achievements and thereby encourage excellence in all facets of motion picture products. It was there that the idea of the Academy Award of Merit, also known as the "Oscar," was born. Blog_Oscars4aThe first Academy Awards banquet was held on May 16, 1929 in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Blossom Room and since then, more than 2900 statuettes have been presented. Oscar stands 13.5  inches tall and weighs in at a robust 8.5 lbs, something that most recipients remark on during their acceptance speeches. The film reel on the Oscar features five spokes representing the original five branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. This year, Chris Rock will host the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre wherein the elite of Hollywood will be taking home this year's Oscars. Here is a complete list of the 2016 nominations. Click here to cast your ballet online. Best Picture The Big Short, Brad Pitt, Dede 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 Schaefer and Mark Huffam The Revenant, Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon Room, Ed Guiney Spotlight, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust 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 Directing Adam McKay, The Big Short George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant Lenny Abrahamson, Room Tom McCarthy, Spotlight Best Film Editing The Big Short, Hank Corwin Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione Spotlight, Tom McArdle Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey Best Foreign Language Film Colombia, Embrace of the Serpent France, Mustang Hungary, Son of Saul Jordan, Theeb Denmark, A War Best Original Score Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies Carter Burwell, Carol Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens Best Production Design Bridge of Spies, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich The Danish Girl, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson The Martian, Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak The Revenant, Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy Best Visual Effects Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams The Martian, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner The Revenant, Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould Best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay Brooklyn, Nick Hornby Carol, Phyllis Nagy The Martian, Drew Goddard Room, Emma Donoghue Best Original Screenplay Bridge of Spies, Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Ex Machina, Alex Garland Inside Out, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff Best Animated Feature Film Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran Boy and the World, Alê Abreu Inside Out, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera Shaun the Sheep Movie, Mark Burton and Richard Starzak When Marnie Was There, Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura Best Cinematography Carol, Ed Lachman The Hateful Eight, Robert Richardson Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki Sicario, Roger Deakins Best Costume Design Carol, Sandy Powell Cinderella, Sandy Powell The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan The Revenant, Jacqueline West Best Documentary – Feature Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor Best Documentary – Short Subject Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser Chau, Beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman Best Makeup and Hairstyling Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini Best Original Song "Earned It," Fifty Shades of Grey, Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio "Manta Ray," Racing Extinction, J. Ralph and Antony Hegarty "Simple Song #3," Youth, David Lang "'Til It Happens to You," The Haunting Ground, Diane Warren and Lady Gaga "Writings on the Wall," Spectre, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith Best Animated Short Film Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala Prologue, Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton Sanjay's Super Team, Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle We Can't Live Without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt Best Live Action Short Film Ave Maria, Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont Day One, Henry Hughes Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), Patrick Vollrath Shok, Jamie Donoughue Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage Best Sound Editing Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White The Martian, Oliver Tarney The Revenant, Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender Sicario, Alan Robert Murray Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord Best Sound Mixing Bridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth The Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson