Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant topped Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the 2016 Oscar nominations, as the 2015 western adventure directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu received 12 nods from the committee — more than any other film in this year’s lineup.
The nominations include Best Director, Best Picture and Best Actor. The latter of which includes contenders Matt Damon, Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston and Michael Fassbender.
The 41-year-old DiCaprio has been nominated for five Oscars, but thus far, he has yet to claim one.
The Revenant, which stars DiCaprio as the wounded trapper and Tom Hardy as the villain, is a story of revenge on the frontier. It was written by Iñárritu — who also directed the film — and Mark L. Smith.
The Daily Mail reports that all of the acting nods for this year’s Oscars are white and all of the nods for Best Director are male. Subsequently, the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag could once again be seen trending on social media, just like it did last year when the Academy’s Oscar nominations resulted in allegations of a lack of diversity between those nominated.
In addition to The Revenant, this year’s nominees for Best Picture include Bright of Spies, Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Big Short, The Martian, Room and Brooklyn.
The New York Times noted in a report covering this year’s nominations that the “black-themed” Straight Outta Compton movie, which handicappers expected to make the cut, was “notably not among” the movies nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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