The Oscars 2016 - the nominees

The biggest event in the film calendar takes place on 28 February 2016. But right now, it's all about the nominees

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Best Picture


Arguably the biggest award of the evening, there are eight Best Picture nominees this year. Bafta nominees Bridge of Spies, The Big Short, Spotlight and The Revenant are joined by Room, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and Brooklyn. Of those, Spotlight is looking like the favourite at the moment, but The Revenant took home the Golden Globe, so it's not a done deal.


Best Director


There are five nominees for this coveted honour - Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant). Iñárritu won the same award last year for Birdman, but this is McKay, McCarthy, Miller and Abrahamson's first nomination each.


Best Actor 

2016 might be the year Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins big - this is his fourth nomination for Best Actor, this time for his role in The Revenant. Also nominated are Bryan Cranston, (Trumbo), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Matt Damon (The Martian), and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs). This is Cranston's first nomination, but all the other nominees are returning candidates. Redmayne won the Oscar in this category last year for his role in The Theory of Everything - can he make it two years in a row?


Best Actress

Brie Larson has received her first Oscar nomination for her mammoth performance in Room and is hotly tipped to take home this award - but in a category also containing Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Cate Blanchett (Carol), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), there's an awful lot of talent vying for the prize. 


Best Supporting Actress


It's a close race for Best Supporting Actress, with Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Rooney Mara (Carol), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) all up for the award. There's no consensus amongst critics as to who might have the edge - Kate Winslet picked up the Golden Globe, but the Oscars are never a sure thing. 


Best Supporting Actor


This is another category that looks too close to call. The nominees are Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) and Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies). Sylvester Stallone rounds out the category for reprising the character of Rocky Balboa in spin-off/sequel Creed - he was last nominated in 1977. Having picked up the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor last week, he's definitely in with a shot this year.


Best Animated Film


Pixar are nominated this year for Inside Out and Studio Ghibli for When Marnie Was Therewhilst British hopes are pinned to Aardman Animation's Shaun the Sheep. Anomalisa and Boy & the World complete the list, but pundits are tipping Inside Out to win. If they do it will be Pixar's eighth Best Animated Film Oscar.


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