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Oscars 2016: here are the nominees

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The nominees for the 88th annual Academy Awards are finally here, signaling the height of awards season. Now that the Golden Globes have surprised and confused us, here's a glimpse of who will take home Hollywood's biggest prize on February 28th.

It was a big year for aesthetically sophisticated action movies. Alejandro González Iñárritu's gory fur trapper tale The Revenant, which won Best Picture at the Globes, pulled together 12 nominations — the most of any film. George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road scored 10 nominations. Both films nabbed the coveted Best Picture nom alongside titles like The Martian and The Big Short. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though definitely a fan favorite, garnered only five nominations on the technical side (i.e., Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing) but was left out of the Best Actor, Director, and Picture nominations.

The Revenant's Leonardo Dicaprio, who took home a Golden Globe for Best Actor last week, will go up against Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, and Eddie Redmayne for an Oscar. Bryan Cranston also makes a surprise appearance in the Best Actor category for Trumbo, a movie about blacklisted Hollywood screenwriters. In the Best Actress slot, Jennifer Lawrence was a shoe-in for Joy, despite the movie's mixed-to-bad reviews, and she'll go up against Cate Blanchett for her role in Carol and Brie Larson for her depiction of a mother held captive in Room.

As far as snubs go, Straight Outta Compton received just one nomination (for Best Original Screenplay) and Creed's Michael B. Jordan was surprisingly absent from the Best Actor category. In fact, this year's nominees included no non-white actors at all.

Below are the nominees.

Best Picture:

Best Director:

Best Actor:

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
  • Sylvester Stallone - Creed
  • Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress:

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

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen - Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland - Ex Machina
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen - Inside Out
  • Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy - Spotlight
  • Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus - Straight Outta Compton

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Nick Hornby - Brooklyn
  • Adam McKay and Charles Randolph - The Big Short
  • Drew Goddard - The Martian
  • Phyllis Nagy - Carol
  • Emma Donoghue - Room

Best Animated Feature Film:

Best Foreign Language Film:

Best Documentary — Feature:

Best Documentary — Short Subject:

  • Body Team 12
  • Chau, Beyond the Lines
  • Last Day of Freedom
  • Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
  • A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Best Live Action Short Film:

  • Day One
  • Everything Will Be Okay
  • Stutterer
  • Ave Maria
  • Shok

Best Animated Short Film:

  • Sanjay's Super Team
  • We Can't Live Without Cosmos
  • Prologue
  • Bear Story
  • World of Tomorrow

Best Original Score:

  • The Hateful Eight
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol

Best Original Song:

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

Best Production Design:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Danish Girl

Best Cinematography:

  • Edward Lachman - Carol
  • Robert Richardson - The Hateful Eight
  • John Seale - Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Emmanuel Lubezki - The Revenant
  • Roger Deakins - Sicario

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Best Costume Design:

  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

Best Film Editing:

  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Visual Effects:

  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ex Machina
  • The Martian

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