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'The Revenant' leads with 12 Oscar nominations

“The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” were showered with honors by the Academy of Motion Picture A
'The Revenant' leads with 12 Oscar nominations
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant."

“The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” were showered with honors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, picking up Oscar nominations for best picture and best director.

There will be six best picture nominees to join them: “Bridge of Spies,” “Spotlight,” “The Big Short,” “The Martian,” “Brooklyn” and “Room.” Notably not among them: “Straight Outta Compton” and “Carol,” both of which were pegged to make the cut by awards handicappers.

“The Revenant,” a revenge tale directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu that is set in the 1800s, drew 12 nominations in total — the most of any film — with Leonardo DiCaprio honored for his lead acting and Tom Hardy for his supporting role. The movie also was nominated for its cinematography, sound editing and sound mixing.

OSCAR HIGHLIGHTS

BEST PICTURE

"Spotlight"; "The Revenant"; "Mad Max: Fury Road"; "The Big Short"; "Bridge of Spies"; "Brooklyn"; "Room"; "The Martian"

LEADING ACTOR

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”; Matt Damon, “The Martian”; Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”; Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”; Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

LEADING ACTRESS

Brie Larson, “Room”; Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”; Cate Blanchett, “Carol”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”; Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro Iñárritu, “The Revenant”; George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”; Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”; Adam McKay, “The Big Short”; Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”

For the second year in a row, Oscar voters put forth an all-white field of acting nominees.

“The Revenant,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and the documentary “Amy” will be among the films competing for Oscars in the further-flung categories at the 88th Academy Awards next month.

The academy announced the nominations in two batches on Thursday morning, the first group with categories like documentary, sound editing and mixing, animated film and screenwriting. The second wave will include the closely watched acting, directing and best picture nominations.

A few open questions were quickly settled. “Anomalisa,” a bit of stop-motion puppetry from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, for instance, overcame head-scratching by some animation fans to take its place alongside the more conventionally built “Inside Out,” “When Marnie Was There,” “Boy and the World” ” and “Shaun the Sheep Movie” in the best animated film category. Left out were Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” and “The Peanuts Movie.”

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy president; Guillermo del Toro; Ang Lee and the actor John Krasinski took turns reading the list of nominees at a news conference that started at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time. (Why those film celebrities? They have promotional irons in the fire. Mr. Krasinski stars in Paramount’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” set to open on Friday. Mr. Lee is finishing “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” for release by Sony in November. Mr. del Toro is among the producers of “Kung Fu Panda 3,” due from DreamWorks Animation this month.)

There was little mystery to the first-round nominations: Most of the contenders have been considered locked for months, the result of a dance that started in the summer, with studio strategists whispering into the ears of awards handicappers.

In the category of best cinematography, for instance, the nominees — as some of the savvier prognosticators have long predicted — are “The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Carol” and “Sicario.”

The documentary race brought some surprises, with “Amy,” “Winter on Fire,” “Cartel Land,” “The Look of Silence” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” earning nominations; shut out were the scientology film “Going Clear” and the campus rape examination “The Hunting Ground.”

Unlike last year’s awards race, when “Birdman” and “Boyhood” dominated (with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in hot pursuit), this year’s competition is still wide open. A ragged Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday did little to focus the competition. “Carol,” which led the field heading into the night, left empty-handed; Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” a late arrival on the circuit, took the awards for best drama and best director.

The newspaper drama “Spotlight,” considered a major contender by many awards handicappers, was shut out at the Globes, as was “The Big Short,” which is centered on last decade’s mortgage meltdown. One of the only films to receive multiple Globes, “Steve Jobs” has been considered an also-ran on the awards trail, partly because it was rejected at the box office; Globe voters gave it prizes for Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay and Kate Winslet’s acting in a supporting role.

After three years of entrusting its ceremony to the producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who brought in Seth MacFarlane to sing about female on-screen nudity as host and Neil Patrick Harris to stand in his underwear, the Academy has turned to a new pair of telecast producers: Reginald Hudlin, a filmmaker whose raucous comedies include “House Party,” and David Hill, a producer with credits on “American Idol” and the 2011 World Series broadcast.

Under pressure to lift ratings — the audience for the last year’s ceremony dropped nearly 15 percent, to around 36.6 million viewers, from 43 million in 2014 — the new producers turned to Chris Rock to host. (NBC attracted about 18.5 million viewers for this year’s Globes, down from 19.3 million a year earlier, according to Nielsen data.)

ABC will broadcast the Oscars on Feb. 28.

Complete list of 2016 Oscar nominations

Best picture

“Spotlight”

“The Revenant”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Big Short”

“Bridge of Spies”

“Brooklyn”

“Room”

“The Martian”

Actor in a leading role

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Actress in a leading role

Brie Larson, “Room”

Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”

Best director

Alejandro Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”

Actress in a supporting role

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Actor in a supporting role

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”

Best foreign language film

“Son of Saul”

“Mustang”

“A War”

“Embrace of the Serpent”

“Theeb”

Best animated feature film

“Inside Out”

“When Marnie Was There”

“Anomalisa”

“Boy and the World”

“Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Best adapted screenplay

“Carol”

“The Big Short”

“Brooklyn”

“The Martian”

“Room”

Best original screenplay

“Spotlight”

“Bridge of Spies”

“Ex Machina”

“Straight Outta Compton”

“Inside Out”

Best original score

“The Hateful Eight”

“Sicario”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

“Carol”

“Bridge of Spies”

Best cinematography

“The Revenant”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Carol”

“Sicario”

“The Hateful Eight”

Best production design

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Bridge of Spies”

“The Martian”

“The Danish Girl”

“The Revenant”

Best visual effects

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

“The Revenant”

“The Martian”

“Ex Machina”

Best original song

“Simple Song 3,” “Youth”

“Manta Ray,” “Racing Extinction”

“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

“Til it Happens to You,” “The Hunting Ground”

“Earned It,” “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Best documentary feature

“Amy”

“What Happened, Miss Simone?”

“The Look of Silence”

“Cartel Land”

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

Best costume design

“Carol”

“Cinderella”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Danish Girl”

“The Revenant”

Best makeup and hairstyling

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared”

“The Revenant”

Best live action short film

“Ave Maria”

“Shok”

“Day One”

“Stutterer”

“Everything Will Be Okay”

Best animated short film

“Sanjay’s Super Team”

“Bear Story”

“World of Tomorrow”

“Prologue”

“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”

Best documentary short subject

“Body Team 12”

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”

“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah”

“Chau, Beyond the Lines”

“Lasy Day of Freedom”

Best film editing

“The Revenant”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Spotlight”

“The Big Short”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best sound mixing

“The Revenant”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“Bridge of Spies”

Best sound editing

“The Revenant”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“Sicario”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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