Oscar Nominations 2016: Revenant Leads the Pack in an All-White Field

Oscar Nominations 2016: Revenant Leads the Pack in an All-White Field

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The Oscar nominations for 2016 are in! Announced Thursday morning, January 14, the list of nominees brings a number of first-time actors to be honored by the Academy, along with a few veterans. And of course there were, as usual, some snubs, and even a little outrage thrown in the mix.

The Revenant is the star of the 88th Academy Awards, leading the pack with 12 nominations. The film that’s been called a “masterpiece” by many might just bring Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar. The movie earned the nomination for best picture, while the 41-year-old was given the nod for best actor.

This is the sixth nomination for the “best actor to never win an Oscar,” who’s previously been given the nod for The Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator, Blood Diamond and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

The Revenant also earned nominations for best director (Alejandro González Iñárritu) and best supporting actor (Tom Hardy).

Others movies that did quite well include the sci-fi epic Mad Max which received 10 nods, including best director (George Miller), and the astronaut drama Martian with seven. Spotlight earned six nominations, while Wall Street drama The Big Short managed to capture five.

Despite mixed reviews for her role in Joy, Jennifer Lawrence earned yet another best actress nomination – the third consecutive year she’s been nominated, and fourth overall.

Two years ago, Lawrence made history when at just 23, she became the youngest performer to collect her third nomination. With yet another nod, she’s managed to do it again, becoming the youngest actor ever, male or female, to earn four Oscar nominations.

Also up for best actress is breakout star Brie Larson (Room), as well as Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Cate Blanchett (Carol) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), a perceived underdog. The latest buzz has Larson taking the prize with Ronan not far behind.

Other notable nominations include Sylvester Stallone, who after nearly four decades after snagging a nomination for Rocky, was nominated again, this time as best supporting actor for Creed, in which he plays the same character, Rocky Balboa.

While everyone is talking about The Revenant, many have been voicing their outrage over the lack of diversity in this year’s field.

Creed was written and directed by a talented black man, Ryan Coogler, and starred a black man, Michael B. Jordan, but the only nominee was a white man: Stallone.

For the second year in a row, every single acting nominee for the Academy Awards is white, although director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu adds some diversity to the mix for his nominations associated with The Revenant.

The news left many film fans feeling so deflated that the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite resurfaced online in reaction to the virtually all-white list.

Some of this years biggest films like Straight Outta Compton, Beasts of No Nation and Concussion, were noticeably snubbed despite being well-received both critically and at the box office.

The Academy President herself, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who happens to be African-American, told ABC affiliate, KABC-TV, “We are being louder and louder and we are going to continue this conversation and we’re going to do more than just talk.”