The Revenant tops Oscar 2016 nominations

“The Revenant” topped all films with 12 nominations

LOS ANGELES — Oscar voters showered “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” with honors on Thursday, including best picture nominations.

“The Revenant” topped all films with 12 nominations, including best picture, setting up best director nominee Alejandro Iñárritu for a potential repeat of last year’s “Birdman” success.

Best picture nominee “Mad Max: Fury Road” earned 10 nominations — including a nod for George Miller for best director — while “The Martian” raked in seven. “Spotlight,” “The Big Short,” “Room” and “Bridge of Spies” were also nominated in multiple categories.

Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), considered a favorite in the lead actor field, was nominated, as was his co-star Tom Hardy, who received a nod in the supporting actor category. Sylverster Stallone, considered by many a sentimental favorite for reprising his iconic Rocky Balboa role in “Creed,” snagged a best supporting actor nomination.

With 10 nominations, “Fury Road,” directed by George Miller, was the second-most-honored film, but most of its support came from technical areas, like film editing, costume design and makeup and hairstyling. Next was “The Martian,” with seven nods, although its director, Ridley Scott, was prominently snubbed.

For the most part, Oscar voters refused to bow in the direction of popular movies. “Furious 7,” “Jurassic World” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” got nothing, even in the work-a-day categories. And “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which picked up five nominations in craft categories, came up far short of the original “Star Wars,” which was a best picture nominee in 1978.

The Oscars ceremony will take place on Feb. 28 and will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. on ABC.

Films with most nominations

  • The Revenant – 12
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – 10
  • The Martian – 7
  • Bridge of Spies – 6
  • Carol – 6
  • Spotlight – 6

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