'Revenant' leads Oscar noms with 12

Jake Coyle
Associated Press

New York — The brutal frontier saga “The Revenant” landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.

The strong showing Thursday for “The Revenant,” including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio and best supporting actor for Tom Hardy, follows its win at the Golden Globes. It sets up director Alejandro Inarritu for a possible back-to-back win following his sweep for best picture, director and screenplay for “Birdman” last year.

“We gave it our all on this film and this appreciation from the Academy means a lot to me and my colleagues who made it possible,” said Inarritu in a statement. “Champagne and mezcal will run tonight!”

George Miller’s post-apocalyptic sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road” followed with 10 nominations, including best picture and best director for Miller. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic “The Martian” landed seven nominations, including best picture and best actor for Matt Damon, but, surprisingly, no best director nod for Scott.

Eight films were nominated for best picture. The other five were: Tom McCarthy’s investigative journalistic procedural “Spotlight,” Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies,” Adam McKay’s Michael Lewis adaptation “The Big Short,” the mother-son captive drama “Room” and the ‘50s Irish immigrant tale “Brooklyn.”

Left on the outside were Todd Haynes’ lesbian romance “Carol” (which fared better in acting nominations for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) and the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” (which still landed a nod for original screenplay). The miss for “Carol” meant one usual Oscar heavyweight — Harvey Weinstein — won’t have a horse in the best picture race for the first time since 2007.

The acting nominees, which notably omitted Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation” and Benicio Del Toro for “Sicario,” gave the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences an awkward repeat of the “OscarsSoWhite” backlash that followed last year’s acting nominees.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has since redoubled efforts to diversify the academy’s membership, and slated Chris Rock — who a year ago labeled Hollywood a “white industry” — to host this year’s Feb. 28 ceremony.

“I really was disappointed,” said Isaacs after nominations were announced. “What is important is that this entire conversation of diversity is here and that we are talking about it, and I think we will not just talk because people will say, ‘Well don’t just talk, you gotta do,’ (but) talking gets to the doing, and we are going to do.”

Alongside DiCaprio and Damon, the best actor nominees are: Michael Fassbender (”Steve Jobs”), Eddie Redmayne (”The Danish Girl”) and Bryan Cranston (”Trumbo”). Two big names were omitted: Johnny Depp for “Black Mass” and Will Smith for “Concussion.”

In a statement, DiCaprio, who’s expected to land his first Oscar in his fifth nomination, called making “The Revenent” ‘’one of the most rewarding and collaborative experiences of my life.”

The best actress field is led by favorite Brie Larson for “Room,” along with Jennifer Lawrence (for “Joy,” making her, at 25, the youngest four-time nominee), Cate Blanchett (her seventh nod, for “Carol”), Saoirse Ronan (”Brooklyn”) and Charlotte Rampling (”45 Years”).

After seemingly slipping in an unpredictable awards season, “Spotlight” showed particularly strength Thursday, landing six nominations including best director for McCarthy, best screenplay for McCarthy and Josh Singer, best supporting actress for Rachel McAdams and best supporting actor for Mark Ruffalo.

Sylvester Stallone, reprising his role as Rocky Balboa in “Creed,” looms large in the supporting actor category. His stiffest competition is seen as Mark Rylance, best known for his legendary stage work, for “Bridge of Spies.” Also nominated were Tom Hardy (”The Revenant”) and Christian Bale (”The Big Short”).

“I am incredibly humbled by this honor,” Stallone, first nominated for the role in 1976 for “Rocky,” wrote in an email. “I was not expecting it … especially at this time in my life. I am certainly grateful to the artists and collaborators who helped make it possible.”

Stallone was the only nominee for Ryan Coogler’s “Creed,” which drew raves for its director and star, Michael B. Jordan.

Nominees for best director shunned not just one filmmaking legend in Scott, but also Spielberg. Instead, Lenny Abrahamson for “Room” was the unexpected addition along with Adam McKay, known best for his broader Will Ferrell comedies, for “The Big Short.”

As expected, Pixar’s “Inside Out” landed a best animated feature nod, as did the Charlie Kaufman-penned “Anomalisa,” ‘’Shaun the Sheep Movie,” ‘’Boy and the World” and “When Marnie Was There.”

The nomination for Pixar (which also landed a best screenplay nod for “Inside Out”) restores its nearly unblemished record of Oscar nominations, broken only by 2011’s “Cars 2” and 2013’s “Monsters University.”

The foreign language category drew films from Hungary (”Son Of Saul”), France (”Mustang”), Jordan (”Theeb”), Denmark (”A War”) and Colombia (”Embrace the Serpent”). Jordan and Columbia celebrated their first nominees.

Though some fans had hoped for a better showing, the box-office behemoth “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” failed to land a best picture nomination. It instead scored five technical nods for editing, score, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing.

Since the best picture field was expanded from five nominees to up to 10, in 2010, every year has delivered nine nominations until this year’s eight. The original reasoning was partly to make room for bigger, more populist films like Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” alongside acclaimed independent releases.

But the chances for “The Force Awakens” were hurt because the category already has one sci-fi blockbuster (”The Martian”), as well as a number of major studio releases. 20th Century Fox had an especially good day, led by “The Revenant” and “The Martian.”

Netflix, which has previously scored nominations for documentaries, fell short in its first bid for fiction film nods. Its first original feature, Cary Fukunaga’s West African child war film “Beasts of No Nation,” was shut out.

Netflix did, however, again break into the documentary category with “What Happened, Miss Simone” and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.” The other nominees were “Amy,” ‘’Cartel Land” and “The Look of Silence.” Surprisingly left out was Alex Gibney’s incendiary Scientology documentary, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.”

Nominations were announced shortly after the passing of Alan Rickman, famed for “Die Hard” and “Harry Potter” but never Oscar-nominated, at 69.

Oscar nominations

Best Picture

— ‘The Big Short’

— ‘Bridge of Spies’

— ‘Brooklyn’

— ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

— ‘The Martian’

— ‘The Revenant’

— ‘Room’

— ‘Spotlight’


— Adam McKay, ‘The Big Short’

— George Miller, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

— Alejandro G. Iñárritu, ‘The Revenant’

— Lenny Abrahamson, ‘Room’

— Tom McCarthy, ‘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’

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

— Tom Hardy, ‘The Revenant’

— Mark Ruffalo, ‘Spotlight’

— Mark Rylance, ‘Bridge of Spies’

— Sylvester Stallone, ‘Creed’

— Christian Bale, ‘The Big Short’

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

Music (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

Music (Original Song)

— ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey,’ “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey; Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

— ‘Racing Extinction,’ “Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction; Music by J. Ralph, Lyric by Antony Hegarty

— ‘Youth,’ “Simple Song #3” from Youth; Music and Lyric by David Lang

— ‘The Hunting Ground,’ “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

— ‘Spectre,’ “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre; Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Writing (Original Screenplay)

— ‘Bridge Of Spies,’ Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

— ‘Ex Machina,’ Written by Alex Garland

— ‘Inside Out,’ Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

— ‘Spotlight,’ Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

— ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

— ‘Carol,’ Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

— ‘The Martian,’ Screenplay by Drew Goddard

— ‘Room,’ Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

— ‘The Big Short,’ Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

— ‘Brooklyn,’ Screenplay by Nick Hornby

Animated Feature Film

— ‘inside Out,’ Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

— ‘Shaun The Sheep Movie,’ Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

— ‘When Marnie Was There,’ Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

— ‘Anomalisa,’ Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

— ‘Boy And The World,’ Alê Abreu


— ‘Carol,’ Ed Lachman

— ‘The Hateful Eight,’ Robert Richardson

— ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ John Seale

— ‘The Revenant,’ Emmanuel Lubezki

— ‘Sicario,’ Roger Deakins

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

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

Costume Design

— ‘Carol,’ Sandy Powell

— ‘Cinderella,’ Sandy Powell

— ‘The Danish Girl,’ Paco Delgado

— ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ Jenny Beavan

— ‘The Revenant,’ Jacqueline West

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

Foreign Language Film

— ‘Mustang,’ France

— ‘Son Of Saul,’ Hungary

— ‘Theeb,’ Jordan

— ‘A War,’ Denmark

— ‘Embrace Of The Serpent,’ Colombia

Sound Editing

— ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Matthew Wood and David Acord

— ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ Mark Mangini and David White

— ‘The Martian,’ Oliver Tarney

— ‘The Revenant,’ Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

— ‘Sicario,’ Alan Robert Murray

Sound Mixing

— ‘Bridge Of Spies,’ Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

— ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

— ‘The Martian,’ Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

— ‘The Revenant,’ Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

— ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Documentary (Feature)

— ‘Amy,’ Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

— ‘Cartel Land,’ Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

— ‘The Look Of Silence,’ Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

— ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

— ‘Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom,’ Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Documentary (Short Subject)

— ‘Body Team 12,’ David Darg and Bryn Mooser

— ‘Chau, Beyond 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

Short Film (Animated)

— ‘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

— ‘Bear Story,’ Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Short Film (Live Action)

— ‘Ave Maria,’ Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

— ‘Day One,’ Henry Hughes

— ‘Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut),’ Patrick Vollrath

— ‘Shok,’ Jamie Donoughue

— ‘Stutterer,’ Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage