Oscar Nominations for 2016 Announced: ‘The Revenant’ Tops List of Films

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The competitors in the 2016 Oscars race were announced Thursday, in an event that was live-streamed from California. The winners will be announced on Feb. 28.

The most nominations went to “The Revenant,” with 12, followed by “Mad Max: Fury Road,” with 10. “The Martian” was cited seven times, and “Carol,” “Bridge of Spies,” and “Spotlight” were each nominated six times.

The runaway hit of the season, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” was nominated for five Academy Awards, for its original score and in technical categories.

You can see the full list of nominees at the Academy Awards website.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the top categories:

Best Picture

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saorise Ronan – Brooklyn

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl


Adam McKay – The Big Short
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale – The Big Short
Tom Hardy – The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Animated Feature Film

Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Straight Outta Compton


The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Original Song

“Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray” – Racing Extinction
Simple Song #3″ – Youth
“Til It Happens To You” – The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s On The Wall” – Spectre

Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent – Colombia
Mustang – France
Son of Saul – Hungary
Theeh – Jordan
A War – Denmark

Documentary Feature

Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

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