The Oscar nominations are in.
While “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” came out with the most nods, there are a few New Mexicans in the running for golden statuettes.
For the second time in three years, Santa Fe native Joshua Oppenheimer was nominated in the documentary feature category for the film “The Look of Silence.”
The documentary is the companion piece to his 2014 Oscar nominated film, “The Act of Killing.”
Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power — he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions.
“The result, ‘The Look of Silence,’ is, I hope, a poem about the silence of borne terror — a poem about the necessity of breaking that silence, but also about the trauma that comes when silence is broken,” Oppenheimer said. “Maybe the film is a monument to silence — a reminder that we want to move on, look away and think of other things, nothing will make while what has been broken. Nothing will wake the dead. We must stop, acknowledge the lives destroyed, strain to listen to the silence that follows.”
Los Alamos’ Drew Goddard also picked up a nomination for adapted screenplay for his work on “The Martian.”
Goddard adapted Andy Weir’s novel for 20th Century Fox.
The pair worked together a little bit, and Weir said the process was very incremental.
“There was a lot of waiting and Fox was waiting to find all the right pieces,” he said. “I love what Drew did with the script. When I go back to L.A., we will grab a beer and hang out.”
“The Revenant” scored 12 nominations — the most of any film. Bosque School senior Forrest Goodluck was part of the ensemble cast. In fact, Goodluck plays, Hawk, who is Leonardo DiCaprio’s son in the film.
“Being part of this film has helped me learn a lot about myself and the industry,” he told the Journal. “Like my character in the film, we are both deep thinkers and plot out our next move. I also got a chance to work with great actors and a director that I admire. Alejandro (González Iñárritu) can see an entire scene in his head. He pushed us all to get the scenes that he wanted. That was a learning experience.”
Not surprisingly, Bryan Cranston grabbed a nomination for best actor for his role in “Trumbo.”
The film, which is directed by New Mexico native Jay Roach, is set in 1947 and follows successful screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and other Hollywood figures as they are blacklisted for their political beliefs.