List of accolades received by The Big Short (film)

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List of accolades received by The Big Short
Photo of Adam McKay in 2019
Adam McKay received numerous awards and nominations for directing and screenwriting.
Totals[a]
Wins26
Nominations73
Note
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.

The Big Short is a 2015 American historical comedy-drama film directed by Adam McKay and produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Arnon Milchan. It was written by McKay and Charles Randolph.[1] The film stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Pitt, with Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock, and Marisa Tomei in supporting roles.[2] Based on Michael Lewis's book of the same name, the film chronicles how events during the United States housing bubble led inadvertently to the financial crisis of 2007–2008.[3]

The film made its debut on the final night of the AFI Fest on November 12, 2015.[4] Paramount Pictures initially provided the film a limited release at eleven theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago on December 11 before expanding to over 1,500 theaters in the United States and Canada on December 23.[5][6] The film grossed $133 million on a $28 million budget.[7] Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 325 reviews and judged 88% to be positive.[8]

The Big Short garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories with particular praise for McKay's direction, Bale's performance as Michael Burry, and McKay and Randolph's adapted screenplay. It garnered five nominations at the 88th Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for McKay. McKay and Randolph went on to win the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.[9] At the 69th British Academy Film Awards, the film earned five nominations and won Best Adapted Screenplay for McKay and Randolph.[10]

The film received four nominations at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards and two nominations at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards.[11][12] At the 27th Producers Guild of America Awards, The Big Short won for Best Theatrical Motion Picture.[13] McKay was nominated for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film at the 68th Directors Guild of America Awards, and McKay and Randolph won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 68th Writers Guild of America Awards.[14][15] It was nominated in seven categories at the 21st Critics' Choice Awards winning three for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Comedy, and Best Actor in a Comedy.[16] The film was named one of the Top 10 Films of 2015 by the American Film Institute.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients Result Ref.
AACTA Awards January 31, 2016 Best International Film The Big Short Nominated [18]
Best International Direction Adam McKay Nominated
Best Actor Steve Carell Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale Nominated
Academy Awards February 28, 2016 Best Picture Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Brad Pitt Nominated [19]
Best Director Adam McKay Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Won
Best Film Editing Hank Corwin Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists January 13, 2016 Best Adapted Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Nominated [20]
Best Ensemble Cast The Big Short Nominated
Best Film Editing Hank Corwin Nominated
American Cinema Editors Awards January 29, 2016 Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy or Musical Hank Corwin Won [21]
Austin Film Critics Association December 29, 2015 Best Film The Big Short 9th Place [22]
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Best Director Adam McKay Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics December 6, 2015 Best Cast The Big Short Runner-up [24]
British Academy Film Awards February 14, 2016 Best Film Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Brad Pitt Nominated [25]
Best Director Adam McKay Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Christian Bale Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Won
Best Editing Hank Corwin Nominated
Casting Society of America January 21, 2016 Feature Film Big Budget Comedy Francine Maisler and Meagan Lewis Won [26]
Chicago Film Critics Association December 16, 2015 Best Director Adam McKay Nominated [27]
Best Adapted Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Won
Best Editing Hank Corwin Nominated
Cinema for Peace February 15, 2016 Most Valuable Film of the Year The Big Short Nominated [28]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards January 17, 2016 Best Picture The Big Short Nominated [29]
[30]
Best Comedy The Big Short Won
Best Editing Hank Corwin Nominated
Best Actor in a Comedy Christian Bale Won
Steve Carell Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Won
Best Acting Ensemble The Big Short Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association December 14, 2015 Top Ten Films The Big Short 6th Place [31]
Detroit Film Critics Society December 14, 2015 Best Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Nominated [32]
Best Ensemble The Big Short Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards February 6, 2016 Best Director Adam McKay Nominated [33]
Empire Awards March 20, 2016 Best Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Won [34]
Florida Film Critics Circle December 23, 2015 Best Film The Big Short Nominated [35]
Best Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Won
Best Cast The Big Short Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association January 8, 2016 Best Adapted Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Won [36]
Best Ensemble The Big Short Nominated
Golden Globe Awards January 10, 2016 Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy The Big Short Nominated [37]
Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Christian Bale Nominated
Steve Carell Nominated
Best Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards May 6, 2016 Best Drama TV Spot The Big Short Nominated [38]
Hollywood Film Awards November 1, 2015 Breakthrough Director Adam McKay Won [39]
Houston Film Critics Society January 9, 2016 Best Picture The Big Short Nominated [40]
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Los Angeles Film Critics Association December 6, 2015 Best Editing Hank Corwin Won [42]
Make–Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild February 20, 2016 Best Contemporary Makeup–Feature-Length Motion Picture Julie Hewett and Pamela Westmore Nominated [43]
MTV Movie Awards April 9, 2016 True Story The Big Short Nominated [44]
National Board of Review Awards December 1, 2015 Best Ensemble The Big Short Won [45]
National Society of Film Critics January 3, 2016 Best Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph 3rd Place [46]
New York Film Critics Online December 6, 2015 Top Ten Films The Big Short Won [47]
Palm Springs International Film Festival January 2, 2016 Ensemble Cast Award The Big Short Won [48]
Producers Guild of America Awards January 23, 2016 Best Theatrical Motion Picture Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Brad Pitt Won [49]
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San Diego Film Critics Society December 14, 2015 Best Ensemble The Big Short Nominated [51]
San Francisco Film Critics Circle December 12, 2015 Best Film Editing Hank Corwin Nominated [52]
Santa Barbara International Film Festival February 3–13, 2016 Artisan Award Hank Corwin Nominated [53]
[54]
Outstanding Director of the Year Adam McKay Won
Satellite Awards February 21, 2016 Best Film The Big Short Nominated [55]
[56]
Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards January 30, 2016 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Christian Bale Nominated [57]
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Brad Pitt, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Marisa Tomei, and Finn Wittrock Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association December 13, 2015 Best Editing Hank Corwin Nominated [58]
Toronto Film Critics Association December 14, 2015 Best Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Won [59]
USC Scripter Awards February 20, 2016 Best Adapted Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Won [60]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards December 7, 2015 Best Ensemble The Big Short Nominated [61]
World Soundtrack Awards October 19, 2016 Discovery of the Year Nicholas Britell Nominated [62]
Writers Guild of America Awards February 13, 2016 Best Adapted Screenplay Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Won [63]

See also[edit]

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