Best Picture - Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers
Best Actor - Matt Damon
Best Adapted Screenplay - Drew Goddard
Best Visual Effects - Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
Best Production Design - Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
Best Sound Editing - Oliver Tarney
Best Sound Mixing - Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
It was a good Oscar nominations morning for the The Martian. The film, starring Matt Damon as stranded astronaut Mark Watney, received seven nominations, including best adapted Screenplay, best actor for Damon, and best picture. But, in one of the biggest surprises of the morning, director Ridley Scott was not nominated for top honors in his category.
“It’s very upsetting,” says Martian producer Simon Kinberg. “We’re all shocked about it for all the obvious reasons. The movie was extraordinarily directed and I thought the best directed movies of the year. There’s no question that he’s one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and it felt like this move was an opportunity to honor that. This movie got a lot of nominations and the film is a testament to his talent and his artistry and his humanity. There’s a lot of his heart in this movie.”
Kinberg says he woke up at 4:45 this morning. “My body was like Christmas morning waiting to see if there was anything under the tree,” he says. “While I’m elated about the nominations we got for Matt and [screenwriter] Drew Goddard and everyone in the movie, all of these people at the end of the day march to Ridley’s drums. I’m happy for all of us and I’m happy for Ridley because he’s now a nominee as a producer of the movie. But I do not know how he could have been overlooked as a director.”
The men behind The Martian, including director Ridley Scott and producers Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam were more than pleased with the news.
"We are genuinely honored, delighted and grateful for the very generous recognition our film received today from the Academy. THE MARTIAN was a demanding shoot and a true collaboration between every single person associated with it," they said in a statement. "So to see so many of our team members receive nominations this morning is particularly gratifying. A deeply heartfelt thank you to all the members of the Academy."