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‘The Revenant,’ ‘Mad Max’ Lead Oscar Nominations

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The Western epic “The Revenant” leads the field for the 88th Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director and best actor, followed closely by “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 — among them, best picture and best director.

They’re joined in the best picture category by “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “The Martian, “Room” and “Spotlight.”

In addition to Alejandro G. Inarritu for “The Revenant” and George Miller for “Fury Road,” best director nods went to Adam McKay for “The Big Short,” Lenny Abrahamson for “Room” and Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight.” Noticeably absent from the list is Ridley Scott, whose “Martian” racked up nominations for best actor (Matt Damon), visual effects, adapted screenplay, editing and sound, in addition to best picture.

Damon faces competition for best actor from Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”). Best actress nods went to Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Brie Larson (“Room”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Saorise Ronan (“Brooklyn”).

Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) led the supporting actress field, joined by Rooney Mara (“Carol”), Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”), Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) and Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”). As expected, Sylvester Stallone secured a supporting actor nomination for “Creed” in a category that includes Christian Bale “The Big Short”), Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”), Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”) and Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”).

Although “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” didn’t receive a nod for the top prize, it did garner five nominations, including best original score, visual effects and sound editing.

The full list of nominees can be found below. The 88th Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 28 in ceremony broadcast live on ABC.

Best Picture
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Brooklyn”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Spotlight”

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs“
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs“

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Director
Adam McKay, “The Big Short”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Alejandro G. Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Visual Effects
“Ex Machina”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Body Team 12”
“Chau, Beyond the Lines”
“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah”
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
“Last Day of Freedom”

Editing
“The Big Short”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”
“Spotlight”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Production Design
“Bridge of Spies”
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”

Best Original Score
“Bridge of Spies”
“Carol”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Sicario”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Embrace of the Serpent,” Colombia
“Mustang,” France
“Son of Saul,” Hungary
“Theeb,” Jordan
“A War,” Denmark

Best Screenplay
“Bridge of Spies”
“Ex Machina”
“Inside Out”
“Spotlight”
“Straight Outta Compton”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Big Short”
“Brooklyn”
“Carol”
“The Martian”
“Room”

Best Original Song
“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
“Simple Song No. 3” from “Youth”
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
“Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
“Mad Max Fury Road”
“The 100-Year Old Men Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared”
“The Revenant”

Best Animated Feature
“Anomalisa”
“Boy and the World”
“Inside Out”
“Shaun The Sheep”
“When Marnie Was There”

Best Animated Short Film
“Bear Story”
“Prologue”
“Sanjay’s Super Team”
“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”
“World of Tomorrow”

Best Live Action Short Film
“Ave Maria”
“Day One”
“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)”
“Shok”
“Stutterer”

Best Cinematography
“Carol”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Hateful Eight”
“The Revenant”
“Sicario”

Achievement in Sound Mixing
“Bridge of Spies”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Achievement in Sound Editing
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Sicario”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Costume Design
“Carol”
“Cinderella”
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”