'Revenant,' 'Mad Max' Dominate 2016 Oscar Nominations

'The Martian' and 'The Big Short' also fared well in what will be a studio-heavy Academy Awards

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu directs Leonardo DiCaprio, center, and Tom Hardy in 'The Revenant'; the director and both actors, as well as the film, received a number of nods when the 88th annual Oscar nominations were announced this morning.

Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced on Thursday morning, and The Revenant dominated the field, earning nods in 12 different categories, including Best Picture. In recent weeks, Alejandro González Iñárritu's epic saga of frontier revenge has seemed like one of the only sure things in an otherwise unusually unpredictable field, but the sheer number of nominations it received was one of the biggest surprises of a morning that was filled with them.

Also vying for the film world's top prize are The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room, and SpotlightOf those films, Mad Max: Fury Road was given the biggest reason to smile, as George Miller's blockbuster reboot of his beloved post-apocalyptic series drove away with 10 nominations, including one for Best Director. The Martian was another big winner — epitomizing an Oscar field that skews more towards studio hits than it has in recent years, Ridley Scott's sci-fi survival tale landed five nominations, including a Best Actor nomination for Matt Damon (he'll face off against The Revenant star Leonardo DiCaprio). Even Star Wars: The Force Awakens managed to blast away with four nominations, highlighted by a nod for Best Editing.

The morning was also kind to a number of smaller films, including Sundance charmer Brooklyn (three nominations), and the harrowingly claustrophobic Room (four nominations). The leading ladies from those two films, Saoirse Ronan and Brie Larson, respectively, will square off in a Best Actress race that's rounded out by Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, and Charlotte Rampling.

On the other hand, Todd Haynes' Carol, a revered period melodrama about a love affair that blossoms between two women in Fifties Manhattan, didn’t receive the same love from the Academy as it has from critics, and was denied nominations for either Best Picture or Best Director. 

The 88th Academy Awards will be held on February 28th. The ceremony will air on ABC, and will be hosted by Chris Rock. Check out the complete list of nominations below.

Best 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, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Directing:

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrahmson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight


Best Animated Feature:

Anomalisa

Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Best Documentary Feature:

Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Foreign Language Film:

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

Mustang (France)

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Theeb (Jordan)
A War (Denmark

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 Cinematography:

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant
Sicario

Best Original Song:

"Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey

"Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction

"Simple Song #3" from Youth

"Til It Happens To You" from The Hunting Ground

"Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre

Best Original Score:

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight

The Revenant
Sicario

Best Film Editing:

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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 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 Visual Effects:

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

Best Short Film (Live Action):

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay


Shok

Stutter

Best Documentary, Short Subject:

Body Team 12

Chau, Beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann: Specters of the Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Last Day of Freedom

Best Short Film (Animated):

Bear Story

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow