88th Annual Academy Award Nominations Announced

Nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning.The brutal frontier saga "The Revenant" leads with 12 nominations, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.

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The strong showing for "The Revenant," including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio, follows its win at the Golden Globes. It sets director Alejandro Inarritu for a possible back-to-back win following his best-picture winning "Birdman."
George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" followed with 10 nominations, including best picture. Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic "The Martian" landed 7 nominations, including best picture, but no best director nod for Scott.
The nominations include:
Best picture: "The Big Short," "Bridge of Spies," "Brooklyn," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Martian," "The Revenant," "Room" and "Spotlight."
Actor: Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo," Matt Damon, "The Martian"; Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"; Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"; and Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl."
Supporting actor: Christian Bale, "The Big Short"; Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"; Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"; Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"; Sylvester Stallone, "Creed".
Actress: Brie Larson, "Room"; Cate Blanchett, "Carol"; Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"; Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"; Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn."
Supporting actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"; Rooney Mara, "Carol"; Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"; Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"; and Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs."
Animate feature film: "Anomalisa," "Boy and the World," "Inside Out," Shaun the Sheep Movie" and "When Marnie Was There."
Documentary feature: "Amy," "Cartel Land," "What Happened, Miss Simone?," "The Look of Silence," and "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom."
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