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LIST: See The 2016 Oscar Nominees

CBS NEWS - "The Revenant, " about a frontiersman's bitter struggle to survive in the wilderness, leads this year's Academy Award race with 12 nominations, including Best Picture. The film also earned Oscar nominations for star Leonardo diCaprio as Best Actor, Tom Hardy as Best Supporting Actor, and Alejandro G. Inarritu as Best Director.

Other films nominated for Best Picture were "The Big Short, " a comic take on the 2008 Wall Street crisis; "Bridge of Spies, " the true-life story of the Cold War trade for captured U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers; "Brooklyn, " a period romance of about Irish immigrant who finds love in the New World; and "Mad Max: Fury Road, " a journey through the post-apocalyptic wastelands.

Also: "The Martian, " about the race to rescue an astronaut stranded on Mars; "Room, " about a young woman and her child held captive in a backyard shed by a sexual predator; and "Spotlight, " about a Boston newspaper's probe into the Catholic Church's coverup of priests who preyed on children.

Joining Inarritu among the Best Director nominees are Adam McKay, "The Big Short"; George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"; Lenny Abrahamson, "Room"; and Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight." (Absent was DGA nominee Ridley Scott for "The Martian.")

Best Actor

In addition to DiCaprio (who'd previously received four acting nominations), the Best Actor nominees were Bryan Cranston as Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, blacklisted during the '50s Red Scare, in "Trumbo"; Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet in "The Martian"; Michael Fassbender as the founder of Apple in "Steve Jobs"; and Eddie Redmayne (last year's winner for "The Theory of Everything") as an artist who undergoes gender reassignment surgery in "The Danish Girl."

Damon, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for "Good Will Hunting, " has received two acting nominations, while Fassbender was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "12 Years a Slave." It's the first nomination for Cranston.

Best Actress

The nominees for Best Actress are Cate Blanchett as a married woman who begins a lesbian affair in "Carol"; Brie Larson as a kidnap victim raising her child in captivity in "Room"; Jennifer Lawrence as an entrepreneur in "Joy"; Charlotte Rampling as an elderly woman shaken by revelations from her husband's past in "45 Years"; and Saoirse Ronan as an immigrant who finds romance on both sides of the Atlantic in "Brooklyn."

Blanchett has won two Academy Awards (for "The Aviator" and "Blue Jasmine"), and been nominated four other times. Lawrence won Best Actress for "Silver Linings Playbook, " and has two other nominations, while Ronan received a nomination for "Atonement."

It's a first nomination for Larson and Rampling.

Best Supporting Actor

Sylvester Stallone, who was first nominated for playing Rock Balboa in the original 1976 "Rocky, " is nominated for his character again as Best Supporting Actor, training a new generation of fighter, in "Creed." Joining him are Christian Bale, as an investor who predicts the collapse of the housing market, in "The Big Short"; Tom Hardy as a trapper who leaves a fellow frontiersman to die in the wilderness in "The Revenant"; Mark Ruffalo as an investigative reporter in "Spotlight"; and Mark Rylance as a Soviet agent in "Bridge of Spies.

Bale won Best Supporting Actor for "The Fighter, " and was nominated for "American Hustle." Ruffalo has two previous Best Supporting Actor nominations (for "The Kids Are All Right" and "Foxcatcher"). It's the first nomination for Hardy and Rylance.

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