NEW YORK (AP) — The brutal frontier saga "The Revenant" leads the 88th annual Academy Awards with 12 nominations, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.
After winning at the Golden Globes, "The Revenant" is in position for a strong showing at the Academy Awards next month. Its dozen nominations include best picture and a best actor for its star for Leonardo DiCaprio.
It sets director Alejandro Inarritu for a possible back-to-back win following his best-picture winning "Birdman."
George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" followed with 10 nominations, including best picture. Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic "The Martian" landed seven nominations, including best picture, but no best director nod for Scott.
Jennifer Lawrence, at the age of 25, becomes the youngest four-time nominee, this time for her role in "Joy."
Sylvester Stallone is nominated for playing Rocky Balboa yet again, in "Creed."
The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, air Sunday, February 28. You can watch them live on WTXL ABC 27.