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Oscar nominations 2016: Who scored big, and who was left out?

Written by
Seth Kelley

You probably didn't win the Powerball, but here's another excuse to gamble in an office pool—the 88th Academy Awards nominees are out! From now until the ceremony, we'll keep you updated with everything from predictions to road closures. But for now, print out your ballots and get ready for Hollywood's biggest night—here's what you should know about the nominees:

The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road came away with the most nominations, 12 and 10 respectively. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy both earned acting nominations—Hardy for supporting actor in The Revenant (he also stars in Mad Max) and DiCaprio for best actor, his fifth nomination ever. Could this finally be Leonardo DiCaprio's year? Quite possibly.

Snubs: The Academy only nominated eight Best Picture films, and none of them are the critically acclaimed film Carol. The lesbian love story did, however, pick up two nominations for its female leads and a few others like Adapted Screenplay. Director Ridley Scott made his return to acclaim with The Martian, but was left off the Best Director list. Similarly to Carol, despite the snub, overall the film was still given due credit with seven total nominations including Best Picture.

The nominees are looking particularly pale this year. Despite a general frustration about lack of diversity in Hollywood, the Academy once again proved that they will continue to celebrate white performances. Notable non-white accomplishments that were omitted this year include Ryan Coogler's Creed, F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton and Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation. Though Sylvester Stallone was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in Creed and Straight Outta Compton's two white screenplay writers were nominated for Best Screenplay. 

Any other year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens probably would have had a shot at making it onto the Best Picture list, but the Academy can apparently only stomach so much imagination. 

The nominations were, however, overshadowed by the looming gravity of actor and director Alan Rickman, who died at age 69—the same age as David Bowie, who died only a few days prior. Along with Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, the three mark a trifecta of celebrity deaths in recent memory.

Hosted by Chris Rock, the Oscars take place on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, and will air live on ABC at 4pm PT/7pm ET.

Partial list of nominees:

Best Picture

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant



Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Director

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

You can also check out a complete list on the Academy's official website.

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