2016 Oscar Nominations: 'The Revenant', 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Lead The Pack

The grand finale and climax of awards season each year is the Oscars, and the race for the little gold man begins in earnest today with the nominations. Directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee, actor John Krasinski, and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs were up early this morning to announce the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. The full list is available now, and you can read it after the jump.

Many of the nominations panned out exactly as expected, more or less following the trends set by the guild . The Revenant leads the race with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Supporting Actor, while Spotlight pulled six and The Big Short got five. But it was gratifying to see Mad Max: Fury Road pull 10 nominations — mostly in the technical categories, but also for Best Director and Best Picture — and to see Golden Globe winner Sylvester Stallone nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Creed.

In disappointing news, it's time to trot out the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag again. All 20 acting slots this year have been filled by white actors, despite exceptional performances from performers of color including Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), and Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton). And those rooting for Carol or — which seems to be most critics — will be disappointed to hear it was unable to grab a spot in the Best Picture race, though it was nominated for other awards including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. (Whether it makes any damn sense at all that Rooney Mara is competing as a supporting actress is another conversation.)

Best Original Song

"Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey

"Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction

"Simple Song #3" from Youth

"Til It Happens to You" from The Hunting Ground

"Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre

Best Cinematography

Ed Lachman, Carol

Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight

John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant

Roger Deakins, Sicario

Best Documentary ShortBody Team 12Chau, Beyond the LinesClaude Lanzmann: Spectres of the ShoahA Girl in the River: The Price of ForgivenessLast Day of FreedomBest Documentary FeatureAmyCartel LandThe Look of SilenceWhat Happened, Miss Simone?Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for FreedomBest Costume Design

Sandy Powell, Carol

Sandy Powell, Cinderella

Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl

Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road

Jacqueline West, The Revenant

Best Sound EditingMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantSicarioStar Wars: The Force AwakensBest Sound MixingBridge of SpiesMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantStar Wars: The Force AwakensBest Makeup and HairstylingMad Max: Fury RoadThe 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedThe RevenantBest Live-Action ShortAve MariaDay OneEverything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)ShokStuttererBest Animated ShortBear StoryPrologueSanjay's Super TeamWe Can't Live Without CosmosWorld of TomorrowBest Animated FeatureAnomalisaBoy and the WorldInside OutShaun the Sheep MovieWhen Marnie Was ThereBest Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

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 Visual EffectsEx MachinaMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantStar Wars: The Force AwakensBest Film EditingThe Big ShortMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantSpotlightStar Wars: The Force AwakensBest Production DesignBridge of SpiesThe Danish GirlMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantBest Adapted Screenplay

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short

Nick Hornby, Brooklyn

Phyllis Nagy, Carol

Drew Goddard, The Martian

Emma Donoghue, Room

Best Original Screenplay

Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

Pete Docter, Megg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, Inside Out

Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton

Best Original Score

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies

Carter Burwell, Carol

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Jóhann Jóhansson, Sicario

John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Foreign Language Film

Colombia: Embrace of the Serpent

France: Mustang

Hungary: Son of Saul

Jordan: Theeb

Denmark: A War

Best Director

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

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 PictureThe Big ShortBridge of SpiesBrooklynMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantRoomSpotlight

See the list at oscar.com/nominees. The 88th Academy Awards will be held Sunday, February 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Chris Rock returns to host a second time.