Leonardo DiCaprio Gets His 5th Nod & Sylvester Stallone Makes a Rocky-Style Comeback: All the Academy Award Nominations

Oscar Nominations 2016: Nominations Announced
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant; Sylvester Stallone in Creed
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01/14/2016 AT 08:30 AM EST

Award season moved into the homestretch on Thursday with the announcement of the 88th annual Academy Award nominations.

Sylvester Stallone proved to be the season's big comeback story, earning a Best Supporting Actor nod for his beloved turn in Creed – and receiving an excited round of applause from the crowd – alongside heavy favorites Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Alicia Vikander.

The Revenant leads the Oscar race with 12 nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road follows hot on its heels with 10 nods – both including best picture.


And while there were some clear snubs including performances by Room actor Jacob Tremblay, Johnny Depp in Black Mass and Michael Keaton for his turn in Spotlight, perhaps the biggest controversy comes from the lack of diversity in this year's nominations. Not a single actor of color was nominated for an award, and the buzzed about Straight Outta Compton missed out on a best picture nod.

But with snubs also comes a few pleasant surprises. Matt Damon earned a well-desvered spot on the best actor in a leading role list for The Martian and Room director, Lenny Abrahamson, was recognized for his work on the emotional film.

The Oscars – to be presented Feb. 28 – honor the year's top films in 24 categories.

And the nominees are:

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

Best Actor
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael 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

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

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

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

Best Animated Feature Film
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

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

Best Documentary Feature
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

Best Film Editing
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

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

Best Original Song
"Earned It," Fifty Shades of Grey
"Manta Ray," Racing Extinction
"Simple Song No. 3," Youth
"Til It Happens to You," The Hunting Ground
"Writing's on the Wall," Spectre

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

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

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

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

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

Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Chris Rock will once again take the stage as the host of the Oscars telecast. Rock, 50, hosted the awards ceremony back in 2005, where he received mostly positive reviews for the gig.

But like most hosts, he did manage to ruffle a few feathers by taking some jabs at the entertainment industry – expect a return to form as he takes the stage this year.



The Oscars will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

Next up: The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 30.

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