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Fox’s Leonardo DiCaprio frontier thriller The Revenant and Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s wild ride Mad Max: Fury Road led nominations this morning for the 88th Oscars. The list revealed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had a healthy mix of the expected and surprises as the awards season has officially hit its peak.

The Revenant earned a leading 12 noms, including Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who is back in both the Best Picture and director race for the second year in a row after winning both categories in 2015 for Birdman. This year’s director race is as interesting for who didn’t make the list as for who did: The Martian‘s Ridley Scott and Bridge Of Spies‘ Steven Spielberg are both major names absent, though both of their films are up for Best Picture.

Also on the Best Pic list: Mad Max, which roared to nine noms overall including director for George Miller and a host of craft categories. That movie seemed to get the most applause from the crowd at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater where the noms were unveiled, though nobody got more love in the room than Sylvester Stallone, who picked up a Supporting Actor nom for playing Rocky in Creed.

The rest of the Best Picture noms: Paramount’s The Big Short, Disney/DreamWorks’ Bridge Of Spies, Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn, A24’s Room and Open Road’s Spotlight. The latter had been considered a front-runner most of the season and picked up six noms today, including supporting acting for Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, Director for Tom McCarthy and Original Screenplay for McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer.

Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan and Room‘s Brie Larson landed Best Actress noms along with Cate Blanchett for Carol, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy and Charlo Rampling star warsfor 45 Years. On the Best Actor side: Trumbo‘s Bryan Cranston, The Martian‘s Matt Damon, Steve Jobs‘ Michael Fassbender, defending champ Eddie Redmayne of The Danish Girl and DiCaprio’s Revenant — he is cemented as the front-runner after talking Best Actor at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

As for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? The No. 1 grossing movie in U.S. history snagged five noms: for Film Editing, John Williams’ score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Picture

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant



Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Micheal Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs


The Big Short, Adam McKay

Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller

The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Room, Lenny Abrahamson

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Film Editing

The Big Short

Hank Corwin

Mad Max: Fury Road

Margaret Sixel

The Revenant

Stephen Mirrione


Tom McArdle

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

Mustang (France)

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Theeb (Jordan)

A War (Denmark)

Original Score

Bridge of Spies

Thomas Newman


Carter Burwell

The Hateful Eight

Ennio Morricone


Jóhann Jóhannsson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

John Williams

Production Design

Bridge of Spies

Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

The Danish Girl

Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish

Mad Max: Fury Road

Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

The Martian

Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak

The Revenant

Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Visual Effects

Ex Machina

Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Mad Max: Fury Road

Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

The Martian

Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

The Revenant

Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short

Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay


Screenplay by Nick Hornby


Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

The Martian

Screenplay by Drew Goddard


Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Ex Machina

Written by Alex Garland

Inside Out

Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen


Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

Straight Outta Compton

Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Animated Feature Film


Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

Boy and the World

Alê Abreu

Inside Out

Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

When Marnie Was There

Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura



Ed Lachman

The Hateful Eight

Robert Richardson

Mad Max: Fury Road

John Seale

The Revenant

Emmanuel Lubezki


Roger Deakins

Costume Design


Sandy Powell


Sandy Powell

The Danish Girl

Paco Delgado

Mad Max: Fury Road

Jenny Beavan

The Revenant

Jacqueline West

Documentary Feature


Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Cartel Land

Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Documentary Short Subject

Body Team 12

David Darg and Bryn Mooser

Chau, Bbeyond the Lines

Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Adam Benzine

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Last Day of Freedom

Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road

Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

The Revenant

Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Original Song

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey

Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction

Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty

“Simple Song #3” from Youth

Music and Lyric by David Lang

“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground"

Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre

Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Animated Short Film

Bear Story

Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala


Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

Sanjay’s Super Team

Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

Konstantin Bronzit

World of Tomorrow

Don Hertzfeldt

Live Action Short Film

Ave Maria

Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

Day One

Henry Hughes

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Patrick Vollrath


Jamie Donoughue


Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mark Mangini and David White

The Martian

Oliver Tarney

The Revenant

Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender


Alan Robert Murray

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies

Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

Mad Max: Fury Road

Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

The Martian

Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

The Revenant

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson


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