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Leonardo DiCaprio's ‘Revenant’ Leads Oscar Nominations With 12

Oscars: 'Revenant' Leads Way With 12 Nominations
  • Frontier revenge drama is one of eight vying for best picture
  • Lack of diversity in acting choices is issue for second year

“The Revenant,” the 20th Century Fox frontier revenge tale featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, was nominated for a dozen Academy Awards, including best picture, and will lead the pack in the annual race for Hollywood’s highest honors.

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Warner Bros.’ revival of the 1980s-era dystopian series, garnered 10 nominations, including best picture, to place second, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California. Eight movies will vie for the top Oscar, including the oddsmakers’ favorite “Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests.

A diverse lineup of films has made this year’s awards season tough to predict. Going into the nominations, “The Revenant” and “The Martian” got a boost after winning the top prizes at the Golden Globes earlier this month. Their respective directors also were among five nominated for prizes from the Directors Guild of America, whose winners often align with the Oscars.

“The big news is ‘The Revenant’ overperformed,” said Paul Sheehan, executive editor at the awards tracking website GoldDerby.com. “We were not expecting it to get that many nominations.”

Nominee Diversity

The Academy once again chose only white actors for nominees. Last year, the lack of diversity triggered criticism, with fans taking to social media with the hashtag #oscarssowhite. “Straight Outta Compton,” about stars of the rap music industry, received one nomination for original screenplay. “Creed,” directed by Ryan Coogler, a black director, received one nomination for supporting actor.

For films still in theaters, like “The Revenant,” the nominations are an opportunity to expand to more locations and pull in more fans in the weeks leading up to the late February Oscars telecast. Movies out on home video benefit, too. “The Martian,” with seven nominations, was the top-selling film for online rental and sale as the year came to a close, according to Rentrak Corp., an industry researcher.

In addition to “The Revenant” and “Mad Max,” another Fox movie, Matt Damon’s sci-fi story of survival in “The Martian,” will vie for top picture. The other nominees include “Room,” “Brooklyn,” “The Big Short,” about the 2008 financial crisis and “Bridge of Spies,” the Cold War thriller from Steven Spielberg.

“I think for smaller films, like ‘The Big Short,’ the nominations are really important,” Sheehan said. “It is a way of distinguishing yourself in the marketplace.”

Awards Season

In the acting category, Bryan Cranston was nominated for his lead role in “Trumbo,” about the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter. He’ll compete against Damon, DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender for his role in “Steve Jobs” and Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl.” DiCaprio is the favorite to win at Goldderby.com, with odds of 3-2. He’s been nominated four times for acting and never won.

Cate Blanchett was nominated for her lead role in “Carol,” about a middle-aged woman in the 1950s who falls in love with another woman. The other nominees are Brie Larson from “Room,” Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy,” Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years” and Saoirse Ronan for “Brooklyn.”

‘The Martian’

One big shock was the failure of Ridley Scott to garner a directing nomination for “The Martian,” the top grossing film among this year’s best-picture contenders. The nominees in directing include Adam McKay for “The Big Short,” George Miller for “Mad Max,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “The Revenant,” Lenny Abrahamson for “Room,” and Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight.”

“Beasts of No Nation,” Netflix Inc.’s Oscar hopeful, was also snubbed. The online video service did get two nominations in the documentary feature category.

“Spotlight” was the award pundits’ favorite to win the Oscar for best picture, with 9-2 odds at the awards tracking website GoldDerby.com. The U.K. bookmaker Ladbrokes Plc has “Spotlight” at 4-5 and “The Revenant” at 7-4. “Spotlight” failed to garner any prizes at the Golden Globes.

Aging Fighter

Sylvester Stallone was nominated for best supporting actor for his revival of boxer Rocky Balboa in “Creed.” He is the sixth person to be nominated for playing the same role in two different films, following in the footsteps of Al Pacino in the “Godfather” movies and Paul Newman in “The Hustler” and the “The Color of Money.”

The 88th Academy Awards will be held Feb. 28 in Hollywood, carried live on Walt Disney Co.’s ABC network and broadcast in more than 225 countries. Comedian Chris Rock, who first hosted the program in 2005, returns as emcee for a second time. Last year’s show attracted a U.S. audience of 37.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen data.

20th Century Fox, the film division of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., garnered 28 nominations to lead the studios, according to academy data. Fox distributed both “The Martian” and “The Revenant.” Walt Disney Co. garnered 13 nominations to place second and Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. was third with 10.

Unlike the Golden Globes, which are handed out by about 90 journalists from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Oscar for best picture is decided by 6,261 members of the motion picture academy. The Directors Guild awards are considered a better precursor for the Oscars, because they are voted on by a similar industry group.

The nominees in 24 categories were announced Thursday morning in a live telecast by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, director Guillermo del Toro, actor John Krasinski and director Ang Lee.

This year’s Oscar race follows a record year at the box office, with North American ticket sales rising 7 percent to $11.1 billion. Worldwide revenue rose to more than $38 billion, according to researcher Rentrak Corp.

Selected Nominations:

BEST PICTURE

The Big Short
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Bridge of Spies
Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

Brooklyn
Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

Mad Max: Fury Road
Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers

The Martian
Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers

The Revenant
Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, 
Producers

Room
Ed Guiney, Producer

Spotlight
Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

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

DIRECTING
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

Spotlight
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

Carol
Carter Burwell

The Hateful Eight
Ennio Morricone

Sicario
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
Brooklyn
Carol
Martian
Room

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Bridge Of Spies
Alex Garland
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa
Boy And The World
Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Mad: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

COSTUME DESIGN
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone
Winter On Fire: Ukraine

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
50 Shades Of Gray
Racing Extinction
Youth
The Hunting Ground
Spectre

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Bear Story
Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Prologue
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
Day One
Everything Will Be OK
Shock
Sutter

SOUND EDITING
Mad Max
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SOUND MIXING
Bridge Of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens