Q&A with the creators of DARK HORSE

Recently, the Angelika Film Center in NYC had the honor of hosting a Q&A with the filmmaker and subjects of DARK HORSE. The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winning documentary tells the story of an inspirational group of friends who decide to breed themselves a racehorse. Despite their meager setting in a Wales mining village, the foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land. After suffering a near fatal accident, the foal makes a remarkable recovery and, ultimately, returns to the racetrack, providing endless inspiration and hope for the owners who nursed him back to health.

Director Louise Osmond, and the film’s subjects Jan and Brian Vokes, came all the way across the pond to share the incredible and true story of Dream Alliance and the obstacles they overcame to tell it.

“We’ve had difficult times but I have to say, all the Syndicate members at the worst time with the horse – every one of them, even though some of them were struggling to feed their children, gave up their prize money for that horse to have his operation. So it’s been a fantastic journey.” – Jan Vokes”

 

DARK HORSE opens at Angelika Dallas this Friday!

CANNES YOU BELIEVE IT?

Another year of the Cannes Film Festival is underway! May 11th kicked off the premier international event for the year’s most attention-grabbing films.

While we’re watching the early premieres of awards-season hopefuls, hungry cinephiles can catch some of the hottest films of the spring, fresh off their Cannes debuts, at the Angelika Film Center:

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Up first is Jodie Foster’s MONEY MONSTER, which opens this Friday, May 13th. George Clooney and Julia Roberts take us for a walk on Wall Street. A high-stakes thriller, big money lies and a wealth of Oscar-Winner talent? We are bidding high on this one.

(MONEY MONSTER Opens this Friday, 5/13 @ Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Mosaic, Angelika Dallas & Angelika Plano- TICKETS ON SALE NOW!)

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From writer/director Shane Black (whose directorial debut, the underrated indie noir KISS KISS BANG BANG, is an old-school Angelika pick) we have THE NICE GUYS, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crow as private eye pals. The cars, music and mustaches are pure 1970’s, which is something we can definitely vibe with.

(THE NICE GUYS Opens 5/20 @  Angelika Dallas, Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Mosaic)

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The prestigious Opening Night fête featured Woody Allen’s latest, CAFÉ SOCIETY.  Allen returns to festival with another period piece in the vein of his recent successes, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and TO ROME WITH LOVE. This time, he takes us back in time to 1920s Los Angeles. The all-star cast of this film includes Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Steve Carrell, and Kristen Stewart.

(CAFÉ SOCIETY Opens in July at Angelika New York,  Angelika Plano & Angelika Mosaic)

 

If you CANNES not wait to see what else is screening at the 69th Festival de Cannes, check out the 2016 Official Selection HERE!

Au revoir!

Q&A with Susan Sarandon and Director Lorene Scafaria

We’ve all got one. You know, a meddling mother. Director and writer Lorene Scafaria (NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD) manages to bring out the endearing side of the overbearing quality mothers often pose in her latest film, THE MEDDLER. It also doesn’t hurt that the sweet overbearing mother in this charming film is played by none other than the legendary Susan Sarandon.

Susan Sarandon gives a career-best performance in this charming feature. A recent widow and eternal optimist, Marnie Minervini moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Rose Byrne), a successful – but single – screenwriter who draws strict personal boundaries for her mother. Armed with an iPhone and a full bank account, Marnie sets out to make friends, find her purpose, and possibly open up to someone new.

In this intimate Q&A session during opening week at the Angelika New York, Scafaria recounts the real life events that inspired her to tell this story based on the relationship dynamic with her own mother during a pivotal transition in both of their lives. Sarandon shares what it was like to play her director’s mother, the characteristics that she admires in her favorite actresses, and the secret to her long lasting success.

THE MEDDLER is now playing at Angelika New York,  Angelika Mosaic, Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Plano. Tickets on sale now!

Q&A with André Leon Talley at The Paris Theatre

When the the iconic Paris Theatre, our uptown Manhattan sister cinema, hosted former Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley for the premiere of THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY, we knew we had to be there for the can’t-miss Q&A.

This high-fashion documentary from Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) offers an inside look at the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashion by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

In this video from the opening weekend Q&A, Talley offers his thoughts on fashion as an art form while sharing personal stories on his humble beginnings, his style inspirations, and his first life-altering encounters with Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, and pop-art genius Andy Warhol.

THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY is playing exclusively at The Paris Theatre in Manhattan. Tickets are on sale now at www.citycinemas.com.

 

THEEB – Interview w/ Director Naji Abu Nowar

The directorial debut film from Naji Abu Nowar, THEEB is one of the five films nominated for the 2016 Academy Awards Best Foreign Lanuage Film. Gadi Elkon of seligfilmnews.com spoke with Naji about the film, his connetion to the Bedouin community, the beauty of Jordan and much more.

 

Seligfilmnews.com: The film has garnered awards for Direction, Cinematography, and the screenplay writing.  Can you tell us about building such a talented team around your debut feature and how each member of the team is getting wonderful recognition for y’all’s incredible work on the film?  In particular working with your Co-Writer – Bassel Ghandour, DP – Wolfgang Thaler & editor Rupert Lloyd.  I also was blown away by the subtle yet moving score by Jerry Lane!

Naji Abu Nowar:  Filmmaking is a collaborative art. Despite the usual focus on the Director or Actor/Star to market the film, the process is very much a team sport. Like any successful team you need a breadth and depth to your squad. You need star established players like the amazing Wolfgang Thaler and you need young rookies with something to prove like the incredible Jerry Lane. They all contribute their own unique talents to this seemingly magical process. I take casting every member of the crew as seriously as I take casting the actors. To my mind that is a key factor in making a successful film. The creative process of working with such talented people is the main reason why I love making films, rather than just being a film fan. Click through to read the full interview.

 

THEEB is now playing at the Angelika Dallas.

Strange, controversial & off-beat: Angelika After Hours returns!

Cult favorite films return to the big screen every month at the Angelika Mosaic. Films that are guaranteed to make you go “Ooooh, I love that one!” — even if the mainstream media didn’t upon its initial release.

The epic spring lineup kicks off with FIGHT CLUB this weekend. Join us Friday & Saturday @ 11:45PM, and mark your calendars for upcoming screenings:

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FIGHT CLUB (1999) – February 27 & 28
Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter star in some of their most iconic roles in FIGHT CLUB, a darkly comic drama directed by David Fincher and based on the novel by cult favorite author Chuck Palahniuck. A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground “fight clubs” forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

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THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) – March 25 & 26
This Coen Brothers cult classic follows the Dude – an unemployed slacker with a penchant for bowling, played by Jeff Bridges. After a case of mistaken identity he goes on a quest to get a new rug and gets pulled into a ransom scheme involving the Big Lebowski’s kidnapped trophy wife. The all-star cast includes John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymor Hoffman and John Turturro.

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A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) – April 29 & 30
From Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick comes this tale of a dystopian future where society is overrun by youthful rebellion and violence. The film follows Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell, as he and his gang go on a horrific crime spree that includes rape and murder. This leads to his capture and controversial rehabilitation using psychological conditioning. One of Kubrick’s best film’s during the height of his career, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE surely should not be missed.

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RESERVOIR DOGS (1992) – May 27 & 28
Thrumming with intelligence and energy, RESERVOIR DOGS transformed Quentin Tarantino practically overnight from an obscure, unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor to the most influential new filmmaker of the 1990s. The story looks at what happens before and after (but not during) a botched jewelry store robbery. Starring Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, and Harvey Keitel.

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CLERKS (1994) – June 24 & 25
Filmed in black-and-white on a budget of only $27,000, CLERKS began the career of writer director Kevin Smith. When Dante Hicks is reluctantly put in charge of the Quick Stop market on his day off, he tries, though half-heartedly, to perform his minimum-wage duties as efficiently as possible. Meanwhile, his friend and alter ego Randall  is working behind the counter of the adjacent video store — at least when he feels like it. Much of the film consists of Randall and Dante’s criticism of their customers, their lives, and the world in general.

Angelika After Hours screens one Friday & Saturday @ 11:45PM, each month at the Angelika Mosaic. Tickets just $7!

“A great curation and mix of art house/popular movies”

New  York fashion institution Barneys has curated a new, definitive guide to New York City, curated by insiders like Thom Browne, Lisa Perry, Andrew Carmellini, and Narciso Rodriguez. Barneys’ City Guide provides a unique perspective on Manhattan, in which select designers, celebrities, artists, and influencers feature their most-loved NYC restaurants, bars, spas, services, hotels, and more.

Among luxury designer Joseph Altuzarra’s picks? The Angelika Film Center New York!

Check out the other spots on his list of New York City favorites, and experience the full City Guide by visiting thewindow.barneys.com.

Oscar Snubs: The 90’s Edition

The 90’s was a decade filled with great films nominated for Best Picture, but the winners list sometimes left us scratching our heads. Every Thursday in February we’re re-visiting films from the 90’s that did not receive the coveted Academy Award for Best Picture. These films are the ones we continue to discuss and still refuse to believe lost at Hollywood’s biggest night.

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FARGO – February 7
This Coen Brothers’ cult classic was nominated for 7 Academy Awards in 1997 including Best Picture and Best Director. While the film lost to THE ENGLISH PATIENT for Best Picture, Frances McDormand took home an Oscar for her performance and both Joel & Ethan Coen were awarded an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

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SAVING PRIVATE RYAN – February 11
Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realties of war, while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was nominated for an impressive 11 Academy Awards, but ultimately lost Best Picture to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.

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PULP FICTION – February 18
Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, PULP FICTION is widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, but ultimately lost to FORREST GUMP in 1995. Director Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary won for Best Original Screenplay for this film that you can’t help but quote time and time again. Say what again!

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APOLLO 13 – February 25
One of the most talked about Oscar Snubs of the 90’s was Ron Howard’s APOLLO 13 losing to Mel Gibson’s BRAVEHEART. With 9 Academy Award nominations and it’s impressive visual effects, APOLLO 13 was considered a favorite going in to Hollywood’s biggest night. While it only took home two Oscar Statues (Best Film Editing and Best Sound), this film is still a masterpiece  meant to be experienced on the big screen.

 

Catch the Oscar Snubs on the big screen Thursdays in February @ 7PM. Tickets just $7!

Participating locations: Angelika at Mosaic | Angelika Pop-Up | Angelika Dallas

Snubbed at the Oscars #MOVIESOFFTHEWALL

Awards season is one of the most exciting times of the year at the Angelika! This month we’re kicking off a new season of Movies Off the Wall by re-visiting our top Oscar Snubs, some of the highest grossing films of all time that didn’t win Best Picture:

 

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CLEOPATRA – February 8
A sprawling, spectacular love story starring Elizabeth Taylor, CLEOPATRA depicts her manipulation of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony in her ill-fated attempt to save the Egyptian empire. This threesome in one of the most famous and gloriously powerful love triangles ever to be captured on film.

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DOCTOR ZHIVAGO – February 15
During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif), is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father’s suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar (Julie Christie), who has been having an affair with her mother’s lover, Victor Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin). But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites.

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JAWS – February 22
Based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 shark saga set the standard for summer blockbusters while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. After shark attacks ravage a resort beach town, the Mayor orders the local fishermen to catch the culprit. Satisfied with the shark they find, the greedy Mayor reopens the beaches, despite the warning from a visiting ichthyologist (Richard Dreyfuss) that the attacks were probably caused by a far more formidable Great White. One more fatality later, the scientist and police chief (Roy Scheider) join forces with the only local fisherman willing to take on a Great White.

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK – February 29
Featuring bravura set pieces, sly humor, and white–knuckle action, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is one of the most consummately entertaining adventure pictures of all time. The inimitable Harrison Ford stars as archeologist and adventurer Indianan Jones, on a mission to defeat his enemy Renne Belloq, face down a pit of snakes, and find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do. A joint project from Hollywood prodigies Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK took home four Oscars in 1982, including Best Visual Effects, but missed out on the Best Picture prize.

 

These Oscar Snubs return to the big screen exclusively at the Angelika Carmel Mountain, Mondays in February @ 7PM. Tickets just $10!

Mark your calendars now – Movies Off the Wall returns in March with monthly screening events, exclusively at the Angelika Carmel Mountain.

 

2016 Academy Award nominees announced

Nominations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards were revealed this morning, and the Angelika Film Center is proud to be showing many of the Academy’s top picks for the highest caliber films of 2015.

The Revenant led the pack, racking up nominations in 12 categories including Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), and Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu). The Revenant is now playing at the Angelika Film Center Carmel Mountain in San Diego, CA and the Angelika Mosaic in Fairfax, VA.

Spotlight received a Best Picture nomination, as well as nominations in five other categories including Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), and Best Director (Tom McCarthy).  Spotlight is now playing at Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Mosaic, and Angelika Dallas.

Carol was another standout, with 6 nominations including Best Actress (Cate Blanchett) and Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara). See it on screen now at the Angelika Film Centers in New York, Dallas, Plano, Fairfax, and San Diego.

Ridley Scott’s The Martian, now playing at the Angelika Pop-Up in Washington, D.C., earned 7 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Matt Damon) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Haunting runaway hit Room, now playing at the Angelika New York, received four nominations:  Best Picture, Best Actress (Brie Larson), Best Director (Lenny Abrahamson) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Emma Donoghue).

The Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 28th.

Check out the full list of nominees:

Best motion picture of the year:
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Brooklyn”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Spotlight”

Performance by an actor in a leading role:
Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”
Matt Damon in “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

Performance by an actress in a leading role:
Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
Brie Larson in “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role:
Christian Bale in “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role:
Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara in “Carol”
Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”

Achievement in directing:
“The Big Short” Adam McKay
“Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller
“The Revenant” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Room” Lenny Abrahamson
“Spotlight” Tom McCarthy

Adapted screenplay:
“The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
“Brooklyn” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
“Carol” Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
“The Martian” Screenplay by Drew Goddard
“Room” Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Original screenplay:
“Bridge of Spies” Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
“Ex Machina” Written by Alex Garland
“Inside Out” Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
“Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & 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 of the year:
“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 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 foreign language film of the year:
“Embrace of the Serpent” Colombia
“Mustang” France
“Son of Saul” Hungary
“Theeb” Jordan
“A War” Denmark

Achievement in cinematography:
“Carol” Ed Lachman
“The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson
“Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale
“The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Sicario” Roger Deakins

Achievement in 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 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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score):
“Bridge of Spies” Thomas Newman
“Carol” Carter Burwell
“The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone
“Sicario” Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” John Williams

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song):
“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
Music and Lyric by David Lang
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Achievement in 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 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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in 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

Achievement in 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