‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘The Revenant’ sweep Oscar nominations

In an announcement that surprised and delighted fans this morning, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which follows the road warrior Max as he battles for survival in a dystopian wasteland, received 10 Oscar nominations.

Critics had wondered if the film, the fourth in the Mad Max franchise, would receive recognition at the Oscars, even as it earned millions at the box office and garnered positive reviews. The film still remained a “dark horse in the Oscar race,” as John Boone at ET Online called it. As recently as this morning, Vulture’s editors wondered if “the explosive Mad Max caught the Academy’s attention.”

The only film that received more nominations was “The Revenant,” Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film that follows a frontiersman as he is mauled by a bear, with 12 nominations, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s fourth Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Those nominations came after last week’s Golden Globes ceremony, which “The Revenant” led with three wins.

Both films received a nod in the Best Picture category, where they are up against six others: “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “The Martian,” “Room” and “Spotlight.”

Missing from the Best Picture pack is “Carol,” which won no Golden Globes last week after leading the nominations with five. The film’s co-stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who play two women who fall in love in New York in the 1950s, were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Also nominated for Best Actress was Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years,” the film’s only nomination.

Joining Rampling and Blanchett in the Best Actress category are Brie Larson for “Room,” a performance that won her a Golden Globe last weekend, Jennifer Lawrence for “Joy” and Saorsie Ronan for “Brooklyn.”

DiCaprio faces four other contenders for Best Actor: Bryan Cranston for “Trumbo,” Michael Fassbender for “Steve Jobs,” Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl” and Matt Damon for “The Martian.”

“Spotlight,” which chronicles the story of the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of sex abuse by priests, received nods to ensemble members Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories. This marks the second year of an all-white field for the acting nominations.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which has grossed more than $1 billion, received four nominations in the design categories: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects. Composer John Williams also received a nomination for the film’s score.

ABC will broadcast the ceremony, hosted by Chris Rock, on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Read the full list of nominees below.

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

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
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Matt Damon, The Martian

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
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Best Supporting Actress
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Best Adapted Screenplay
Drew Goddard, The Martian
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Emma Donoghue, Room

Best Original Screenplay
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmin Inside Out
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton

Best Foreign Language Film
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Mustang (France)
A War (Denmark)
Embrace the Serpent (Colombia)
Theeb (Jordan)

Best Documentary Feature
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Animated Feature
Inside Out
Shaun of the Sheep
When Marnie Was There
Boy and the World

Best Film Editing
Hank Corwin, The Big Short
Jason Ballantine and Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road
Stephen Mirrione, The Revenant
Tom McArdle, Spotlight
Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Original Song
“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song #3” from Youth
Music and Lyric by David Lang
“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best Original Score
The Hateful Eight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Bridge of Spies

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
Edward Lachman, Carol
Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight
Roger Deakins, Sicario
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Costume Design
Sandy Powell, Carol
Sandy Powell, Cinderella
Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl
Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road
Jacqueline West, The Revenant

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Best Production Design
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing
Benjamin A. Burtt, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ben Osmo, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, Mad Max: Fury Road
Mac Ruth, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, The Martian
Chris Duesterdiek, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom, The Revenant
Drew Kunin, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Bridge of Spies

Best Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Short Film, Live Action
Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont, Ave Maria (Incognito Films)
Henry Hughes, Day One (American Film Institute)
Jamie Donoughue, Shok (Eagle Eye Films)
Benjamin Cleary, Stutterer (Bare Golly Films)
Everything Will Be Okay

Best Short Film, Animated
Bear Story
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow Tomorrow

Best Documentary, Short Subject
Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman