The 88th Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and The Martian landed seven nominations including the coveted Best Picture. Matt Damon was also nominated for Best Actor, as well as the Production Design team, Visual Effects, Drew Goddard for his Adapted Screenplay, and Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
Another nomination was picked up in the Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature, it marks Ridley Scott’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in 1991 for Thelma and Louise, in 2000 for Gladiator, and in 2001 for Black Hawk Down.
This adds to The Martian’s healthy list of accolades to begin with. On top of winning the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, the film has already won for AFI’s Movie of the Year, AAFCA’s Top 10 Films, HFA’s Film of the Year and Producer of the Year, the National Board of Review’s Best Director, Actor, Adapted Screenplay and Top Films, among others. Not to mention nominations at the BAFTAs, AACTAs, ACEs, Critics Choice Awards, Camerimage, PGAs, and more.
The film follows astronaut Mark Watney who is presumed dead after a storm hits his manned mission on Mars. Stranded on the red planet, he must figure out how to survive based on the most meager of means and in the most grim of climates. The Martian stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara and Chiwetel Ejiofor, was adapted from Andy Weir’s novel by Drew Goddard, and of course was directed by Ridley Scott.
The Atlantic lauded the film as “a profound testament to the rare- and underrated-virtue of simply not screwing anything up.” Joe Morgenstern at the Wall Street Journal writes, “what’s so stirring about the film is that, before and after everything else, it truly is about being human.” Peter Travers at Rolling Stone states, “Ridley Scott rediscovers his light touch in a space epic that’s fun to geek out on.”
Discover what the critics, and the Academy, are so enamored by. The Martian is out on DVD, Blu-Ray and On-Demand, so get to watching. The Academy Awards will be held on February 28, 2016.