BEVERLY HLLS, Calif. – The brutal frontier saga “The Revenant” leads the 88th annual Academy Awards with 12 nominations, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.
The strong showing for “The Revenant,” including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio, follows its win at the Golden Globes.
It sets director Alejandro Inarritu for a possible back-to-back win following his best-picture winning “Birdman” last year.
George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” followed with 10 nominations, including best picture.
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic “The Martian” landed seven nominations, including best picture, but no best director nod for Scott.
The other five movies nominated for best picture include “Room,” based on the book by Canadian author Emma Donahoe, “Spotlight,” “Bridge of Spies,” “The Big Short” and “Brooklyn.”
Left on the outside were the acclaimed lesbian romance “Carol” and the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton.”
The acting nominees notably omitted Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation” and Benicio Del Toro for “Sicario” — giving the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences an awkward repeat of the “OscarsSoWhite” backlash that followed last year’s acting nominees.
Alongside DiCaprio, the nominees for best actor are Matt Damon for “The Martian,” Michael Fassbender for “Steve Jobs,” Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl” and Bryan Cranston for “Trumbo.”
The best actress field is led by favourite Brie Larson for “Room,” along with Jennifer Lawrence for “Joy,” Cate Blanchett for “Carol,” Saoirse Ronan for “Brooklyn” and Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years.”