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These Are Your 2016 Oscar Nominees

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by daniel barna

The 88th annual Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, and once again the Academy has revealed its true colors (hint: it's white). While the expected contenders got theirs—The Revenant leads all films with 12 nods followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with 10—people of color were glaringly shut out from all the major categories. Despite two empty slots in the Best Picture category—Creed,Straight Outta Compton and Beasts of No Nation were all ignored.

In the Best Actor race, surely Michael B. Jordan's electrifying breakout performance in Creed deserved consideration over Bryan Cranston's rather unremarkable turn in Trumbo, while Idris Elba's terrifying turn as a warlord in Beasts of No Nation felt like a lock for a supporting nod just last week. And although we're thrilled that Lenny Abrahamson earned a surprise directing nod for Room,Creed helmerRyan Coogler almost single-handedly revitalized the Rocky franchise with a deeply felt character study that also made a lot of dough at the box office, perfectly fitting into the Academy's template.

Other notable snubs include the shocking omission of Carol in the Best Picture race, and Golden Globe winner Ridley Scott—who was once considered a front-runner—in the Best Director category. 

Meanwhile, 25-year-old Jennifer Lawrence earned her fourth nomination, becoming the youngest actress to hit that mark. She'll square off for Best Actress against Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, and Cate Blanchett in what has to be considered the most intriguing race of the night. 

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Chris Rock—who should have a field day with the night's lack of diversity—and will air Feb. 28th, live on ABC. See the full list of nominees below. 

Best Picture

The Big Short Bridge of SpiesBrooklynMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe Revenant Room Spotlight

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Matt Damon, The Martian

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful EightKate Winslet, Steve JobsRooney Mara, CarolAlicia Vikander, The Danish Girl Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Best Original Screenplay

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, SpotlightMatt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies

Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta ComptonPete Docter, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, Inside OutAlex Garland, Ex Machina

Best Adapted Screenplay

Drew Goddard, The Martian

Nick Hornby, Brooklyn

Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short

Phyllis Nagy, Carol

Emma Donahue, Room

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki, The RevenantEdward Lachman, CarolRoger Deakins, SicarioJohn Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight

Best Film Editing

The Big ShortMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantSpotlightStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Animated Feature Film

AnomalisaBoy and the WorldInside OutShaun the Sheep MovieWhen Marnie Was There

Best Cinematography                      

CarolThe Hateful EightMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantSicario

Best Costume Design

CarolCinderellaThe Danish GirlMad Max: Fury RoadThe Revenant

Best Documentary – Feature

AmyCartel LandThe Look of SilenceWhat Happened, Miss Simone?Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Body Team 12Chau, Beyond the LinesClaude Lanzmann: Spectres of the ShoahA Girl in the River: The Price of ForgivenessLast Day of Freedom

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury RoadThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedThe Revenant

Best Original Song

"Earned It," Fifty Shades of Grey"Manta Ray," Racing Extinction"Simple Song No. 3," Youth"'Til It Happens to You," The Haunting Ground"Writings on the Wall," Spectre

Best Animated Short Film

Bear StoryPrologueSanjay's Super TeamWe Can't Live Without CosmosWorld of Tomorrow

Best Live Action Short Film

Ave MariaDay OneEverything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)ShokStutterer

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantSicarioStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of SpiesMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantStar Wars: The Force Awakens