Get To Know This Year’s First-Time Oscar Nominees Before The Big Night


Celebrating the best in film, the 2016 Oscar Awards are almost upon us! The show airs this Sunday night and we decided to help you show off your awards show knowledge with a list of this year’s first-time nominees (and yes, some will shock you).

Brie Larson

Of course we have to start with this year’s favourite to win Best Actress, Brie Larson. Brie stunned audiences with her moving performance in the Best Picture nominee Room. This starlet has already dominated the awards circuit this season winning a Golden Globe and SAG award for her leading role.


Charlotte Rampling

Best known for her role in the 2003 film Swimming Pool, this accomplished English actress is up against Brie Larson for Best Actress for her role in 45 Years. Charlotte Rampling has already won several awards on the European circuit for her leading role, and could be a dark horse at this year’s Academy Awards.


Bryan Cranston

Yes this one definitely took us by surprise. The actor, best known for his role in the TV series Breaking Bad, is up for an Oscar for the first time in his career. Bryan Cranston is up for Actor in a Leading Role for his amazing performance in the film Trumbo, a true story about Hollywood’s top screenwriter. This makes Cranston the only nominee in the best actor category who has never been nominated for an Oscar before.


Alicia Vikander

This year’s Best Supporting Actress category is filled with first-time nominees, including Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. Up for her role in The Danish Girl, Alicia already won a Critics’ Choice Award for her compelling performance.


Jennifer Jason Leigh

The former ’80s star, best known for her role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, is making a comeback with a Supporting Actress nomination at this year’s Oscars. Jennifer is up for her role as a foul-mouthed gang member in Quentin Tarantino’s film The Hateful Eight.


Rachel McAdams

We love this Canadian darling and are so excited she’s finally up for her first Academy Award. I mean how was she not nominated for her role in Mean Girls? Rachel McAdams has already dominated this awards season for her supporting role in the Best Picture nominee Spotlight. The cast has already won Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble, so we’d love nothing more than for Rachel to take home an award all her own.


Mark Rylance

This UK actor is widely regarded as the greatest stage actor of his generation, and is now up for his first-ever Academy Award. Mark Rylance is up for Actor in a Supporting Role for his part in the Steven Spielberg-directed film Bridge of Spies.


Tom Hardy

This was another shocker for us. We thought for sure though Tom Hardy had been nominated for an Oscar multiple times. Remember his stellar performance in Inception? Hardy is finally up for his supporting role in the film that could earn Leonardo DiCaprio his first Academy Award as well, The Revenant.


Watch the Oscars LIVE this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on CTV!