The first glance at Thursday morning's unveil of Oscar nominations gave viewers a pretty good idea of what this year's Oscar host Chris Rock will be joking about: For the second straight year, the Motion Picture Academy has pushed out an all-white slate of actors and actresses who will be competing in the four major acting categories. Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Michael B. Jordan (Creed) and Will Smith (Concussion) were each considered a possibility for a nomination but were snubbed in the just-released list of nominees.
The nominations were released at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time, and the biggest cheers from sleep-deprived Hollywood Thursday morning came from the makers of The Revenant, which pulled down 12 nominations, more than any other film this season including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Leo DiCaprio) and Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy). Other big contenders this year will include Mad Max: Fury Road (10 nominations), The Martian (seven noms), and Spotlight (six nominations).
Some of the biggest surprises? Hardy's nomination, for one. Nearly no one had placed Hardy on their shortlist for Best Supporting Actor. His nomination apparently muscled out Elba's and Michael Keaton's chance for a nomination. Also snubbed this year: screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who just last Sunday picked up the Golden Globe award for Steve Jobs; directors Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Stephen Spielberg (Bridge of Spies) were also left off of the list of nominees for Best Director, in spite of the fact that their films will compete for Best Picture.
Here's the list of this year's nominees in Oscar's top categories:
Best Picture: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight.
Best Actor: Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) and Sylvester Stallone (Creed).
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).
Best Animated Feature Film: Anomalisa, The Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie and When Marnie Was There.
Best Foreign Language Film: Embrace of the Serpent, A War, Mustang, Son of Saul and Theeb
Best Documentary Feature: Amy, Cartel Land, The Look of Silence, What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom.