Oscars 2016: The Revenant tops nominations list

The Revenant is leading the race for the 2016 Oscars with 12 nominations, with Mad Max: Fury Road scoring 10.

Both films are nominated for best picture, along with The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Martian, Room and Spotlight.

Eddie Redmayne, hoping to repeat his 2015 success, competes against Leonardo DiCaprio for the best actor award.

Charlotte Rampling is in the running for best actress, while Kate Winslet is up for best supporting actress.

Redmayne, nominated this year for his role as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, won the 2015 Academy Award for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

DiCaprio, the star of survival epic The Revenant, has been nominated four times but has yet to win an Academy Award.

The best actor category also sees nominations for Michael Fassbender for biopic Steve Jobs, Matt Damon for space saga The Martian and Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, in which he portrays real-life Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Veteran British actress Rampling, who receives a nod for marital drama 45 Years, faces competition in the best actress category from Cate Blanchett for Carol, Brie Larson for Room, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy and Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn.

Other British hopefuls include Christian Bale, nominated as best supporting actor for The Big Short; Mark Rylance, competing in the same category for Bridge of Spies; author Nick Hornby for best adapted screenplay for Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn; and singer Sam Smith, nominated for Bond theme song Writing’s On the Wall.

Smith has already won a Golden Globe for the Spectre track, alongside writing partner Jimmy Napes.

Films which also scooped a handful of nominations were The Martian with seven nods, while real-life journalism drama Spotlight, Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and Cate Blanchett romance Carol have six each.

The Big Short, about the 2008 financial crisis, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens are in the running for five awards.

Room, based on the novel by Irish writer Emma Donoghue about a mother and son living in confinement, picked up four nominations, including best adapted screenplay for Donoghue. Its Irish director Lenny Abrahamson was also nominated.

The 88th Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock will be held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on 28 February.

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