'The Revenant' leads Oscar nominations with 12

"T he Revenant" was nominated for 12 Academy Awards on Thursday, boosting the chances of Leonardo DiCaprio's chances for a first Oscar following his nomination in the Best Actor category.

The contenders for Best Actor prize are Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant"), Matt Damon ("The Martian"), Bryan Cranston ("Trumbo"), Michael Fassbender ("Jobs"), and Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl"). Jennifer Lawrence, nominated again for best actress, at 25 is an Oscar victor and the youngest person ever to rack up four acting nominations.

There was also room for Room, Lenny Abrahamson's powerful kidnap drama, for which Brie Larson is the hot favourite to win best actress.

Best foreign language film: "Son of Saul", "Mustang", "A War", "Embrace of the Serpent", "Theeb".

The competitors in the 2016 Oscars race were announced Thursday, in an event that was live-streamed from California.

- Composer John Williams' original score for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was nominated for this year's awards. The Murdochs' studio brought home a total of 24 nominations, including three of the best picture nominations, for "The Revenant", "The Martian" and "Brooklyn".

While it's a great day for the Irish, you can't please everyone and there are some notable omissions from the nominations - what's awards season without a few snubs?

Another record breaker this year is Steven Spielberg, who produced and directed "Bridge of Spies".

As expected, Pixar's "Inside Out" landed a best animated feature nod, as did the Charlie Kaufman-penned stop-motion animation "Anomalisa", "Shaun the Sheep Movie", "Boy and the World" and "When Marnie Was There". Amanda Nevill, chief executive of the BFI, said: 'What is so thrilling about today's Oscar nominations is seeing British films and talent included across nearly every category, showing that Academy voters have recognised what we already know - Brits excel across all areas of filmmaking, from our celebrated on-screen talent to the creatives. The Oscars have in recent years had some mad love for Quentin Tarantino, nominated for best screenplay for "Django Unchained" (where he won) and "Inglourious Basterds", as well as nominated for directing "Basterds".

Rounding out the Best Picture category were six other films: "Bridge of Spies", "Brooklyn", "Room", "Spotlight", "The Big Short", and "The Martian".

Charlotte Rampling, who had never been nominated, earned her first nod for the film "45 Years". It did however pick up a nod for best original screenplay.

The adapted screenplay category will see "The Big Short" screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, "Brooklyn" by Nick Hornby, "Carol" by Phyllis Nagy, Drew Goddard's screenplay for "The Martian" and author Emma Donoghue's adaptation of her novel for "Room".

Fury Road led the way with 10 nominations, second only to the dozen scooped up by the period adventure The Revenant. Netflix's documentaries "What Happened, Miss Simone" and "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight For Freedom" were nominated.

This year's Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on 28 February.

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