Could this be Leo’s year? Oscar Nominations 2016 Revealed

Leonardo DiCaprio got his 5th Oscar nod and Sylvester Stallone made a Rocky-style comeback when the 2016 Academy Awards were announced today.

Nominations were announced for the 88th annual awards on Thursday in Los Angeles and Sylvester Stallone proved to be the season’s big comeback story.

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Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in “Creed”

The 69-year-old earned a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role in Creed, alongside favorites Leonardo Dicaprio, Brie Larson, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Alicia Vikander.

The Revenant leads the Oscar race with 12 nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road follows hot on its heels with 10 nods, both including best picture.

Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant"
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”

DiCaprio has been nominated four times previously, but it seems 2016 may finally be the year he takes home the trophy.

In the Best Actor arena, DiCaprio will be up against Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).

Joining The Revenant in the Best Picture category are The Big Short, Bridge Of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room and Spotlight.

This year’s Best Actress nominees are Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).

Cate Blanchett in "Carol"
Cate Blanchett in “Carol”

Movie fans and critis noted  there is a severe lack of diversity among this year’s list of hopeful winners.

Only white actors have been nominated in the leading categories and all of the Best Director candidates are males.

The Best Director nods have gone to Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Adam McKay (The Big Short), Lenny Abraham (Room) and George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road).

Supporting Actor nominees are Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies) and Sylvester Stallone (Creed).

Supporting Actress nominees are Jennifer Lason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).

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