Websites of the 2016 Oscar Nominees

  • Published in Film + Web

In appreciation of all the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards, here is another perspective at the 57 different nominees — their official film websites.

Some highlights of looking through them all include:

  • How many official film sites used Tumblr as their platform? 6, but one wasn’t working so well.
  • How about using Facebook as their official site? 2 — and both were distributed by Netflix, a digitally born company that ought to do better next time.
  • How about WordPress? 8.
  • How many sites rolled their own code? 30!
  • How many run a banner ad for something else above the fold? 1! Blasphemous!
  • How many films didn’t have a clear official website? Definitely one! Woah. We’re here to help.

Now, on with the show:

45-years

“45 Years”

  • 45yearsfilm.com
  • Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Website powered by Tumblr

100-year-old-man

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”

amy

“Amy”

anomalisa

“Anomalisa”

  • anomalisa.com
  • Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film
  • Custom HTML5 website with some Google Fonts typography

ave-maria

“Ave Maria”

  • avemariafilm.com
  • Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film
  • Custom HTML5 website with some Fancybox jQuery

bear-story

“Bear Story”

  • bearstory.cl
  • Winner for Best Animated Short Film
  • Website powered by WordPress

big-short

“The Big Short”

  • thebigshortmovie.com
    Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Directing, Best Film Editing
  • Custom HTML5 website using React boilerplate

body-team-12

“Body Team 12”

  • bodyteam12.com
  • Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject
  • Website powered by WordPress

boy-and-the-world

“Boy and the World”

bridge-of-spies

“Bridge of Spies”

  • bridgeofspies.com
  • Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing
  • Custom HTML5 website with lots of JavaScript and some TypeKit typography

brooklyn

“Brooklyn”

  • foxsearchlight.com/brooklyn/ [there’s also brooklyn-themovie.com running on Tumblr, but it’s not loading consistently]
  • Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Generic studio template housing a custom HTML5 website with some TypeKit and also Google Fonts typography

carol

“Carol”

  • carolfilm.com
  • Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score
  • Custom HTML5 website with Bootstrap CSS

cartel-land

“Cartel Land”

chau-beyond-the-lines

“Chau, Beyond the Lines”

cinderella

“Cinderella”

claud-lanzmann

“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah”

  • lanzmannfilm.com
  • Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject
  • Website powered by Go Daddy Website Builder

creed

“Creed”

  • creedthemovie.com
  • Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Website powered by Tumblr

danish-girl

“The Danish Girl”

  • focusfeatures.com/the_danish_girl
  • Winner Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design
  • Custom XHTML 1.0 website with Bootstrap JavaScript among other libraries

day-one

“Day One”

  • dayonefilm.com
  • Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film
  • Website powered by Squarespace

embrace-of-the-serpent

“Embrace of the Serpent”

everything-will-be-ok

“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)”

  • patrickvollrath.com [not technically an official site for the one project]
  • Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film
  • Website powered by WIX

ex-machina

“Ex Machina”

  • exmachina-movie.com
  • Winner for Best Visual Effects
  • Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
  • Custom HTML5 website with some Google Fonts typography

fifty-shades-of-grey

“Fifty Shades of Grey”

girl-in-the-river

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”

hateful-eight

“The Hateful Eight”

  • thehatefuleight.com
    Winner for Best Original Score
  • Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography
  • Custom HTML5 website by Familiar crafted with a handful of JavaScript

hunting-ground

“The Hunting Ground”

inside-out

“Inside Out”

joy

“Joy”

  • foxmovies.com/movies/joy
  • Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Generic studio template housing a custom HTML5 website with some assets served by Amazon S3

last-day-of-freedom

“Last Day of Freedom”

look-of-silence

“The Look of Silence”

mad-max-fury-road

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

  • madmaxmovie.com
  • Winner for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
  • Nominated for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects
  • Custom HTML5 website with some open-source JavaScript libraries like MediaElement.js

martian

“The Martian”

  • foxmovies.com/movies/the-martian
  • Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects
  • Generic studio template housing a custom HTML5 website with some assets served by Amazon S3

mustang

“Mustang”

“Prologue”

  • No official website
  • Nominated for Best Animated Short Film

racing-extinction

“Racing Extinction”

revenant

“The Revenant”

  • foxmovies.com/movies/the-revenant
  • Winner for Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects
  • Custom HTML5 website with some assets served by Amazon S3

room

“Room”

  • roomthemovie.com
  • Winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Directing
  • Custom website

sanjays-super-team

“Sanjay’s Super Team”

shaun-the-sheep

“Shaun the Sheep Movie”

shok

“Shok”

  • shokshortfilm.com (which is getting a lot of traffic right now and frequently offline)
  • Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film

sicario

“Sicario”

  • sicariofilm.com
  • Nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing
  • Custom website

son-of-saul

“Son of Saul”

spectre

“Spectre”

spotlight

“Spotlight”

  • spotlightthefilm.com
    Winner for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay
  • Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Directing, Best Film Editing
  • Custom website

star-wars-the-force-awakens

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

steve-jobs

“Steve Jobs”

straight-outta-compton

“Straight Outta Compton”

stutterer

“Stutterer”

theeb

“Theeb”

trumbo

“Trumbo”

war

“A War”

“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”

  • No official site
  • Nominated for Best Animated Short Film

what-happened-miss-simone

“What Happened, Miss Simone?”

when-marnie-was-there

“When Marnie Was There”

  • marniefilm.com
  • Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film
  • Website powered by WordPress

winter-on-fire

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

world-of-tomorrow

“World of Tomorrow”

youth

“Youth”

For all screenshots, we took an old standard (1024px width by 768px height) and removed the browser chrome to reach a 690px height. We made an animated GIF if video was involved, but not if interactions were required (e.g. closing a lightbox). We truncated some of the loading screens to cut to the chase.


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Founder, FWD:labs
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