LOS ANGELES - Pioneer-era drama ‘The Revenant’ led the Oscar nominations on Thursday with 12 nods, including best picture, while gritty action movie ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ landed 10.

‘The Revenant’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ will vie with ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘The Martian,’ ‘Room’ and ‘Spotlight’ for best picture, the top Oscar award. The Oscars, voted on by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, can have up to 10 best picture nominees, but voters selected eight this year. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and hip-hop movie ‘Straight Outta Compton’ were among those not making the cut. ‘The Revenant’ also landed a best actor nomination for Leonardo DiCaprio, best director for Alejandro Inarritu and best supporting actor for Tom Hardy. ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ scored a best director nomination for Australian filmmaker George Miller. DiCaprio, who has yet to win an Oscar, will compete with Bryan Cranston in Hollywood blacklist tale ‘Trumbo,’ Matt Damon in space adventure ‘The Martian,’ Michael Fassbender as technology visionary ‘Steve Jobs’ and Eddie Redmayne as transgender artist Lili Elbe in ‘The Danish Girl.’ In the best actress category, previous Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence return to the race this year. Blanchett was nominated for her role in lesbian romance ‘Carol,’ and Lawrence for playing the Miracle Mop inventor in ‘Joy.’ They will compete against Brie Larson for psychological thriller ‘Room,’ Charlotte Rampling for British drama ‘45 Years’ and Saoirse Ronan for immigrant tale ‘Brooklyn.’ No actors of color were nominated in the best acting or supporting acting categories this year, despite a backlash last year over a lack of diversity in the 2015 awards. The Oscar winners will be announced at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by comedian Chris Rock in Hollywood on Feb. 28.

Nominees in main Oscars categories

Best supporting


Jennifer Jason Leigh, ‘The Hateful Eight’

Rooney Mara, ‘Carol’

Rachel McAdams, ‘Spotlight’

Alicia Vikander, ‘The Danish Girl’

Kate Winslet, ‘Steve Jobs’

Best foreign language film:

‘Embrace of the Serpent’ (Colombia)

‘Mustang’ (France)

‘Son of Saul’ (Hungary)

‘Theeb’ (Jordan)

‘A War’ (Denmark)

Best animated



‘Boy and the World’

‘Inside Out’

‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’

‘When Marnie Was There’

Sharmeen’s A Girl in the River nominated for Oscar

Lahore - Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness has been nominated as one of only 5 documentaries from across the globe, in the Best Documentary - Short subject category for the 88thAcademy Awards. The announcement was made earlier today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, more popularly known as The Oscars, due to take place on February 28, 2016. Obaid-Chinoy has previously won Pakistan’s first Academy Award for her documentary Saving Face at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012. Indeed, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is one of only eleven female directors who have ever won an Oscar for a non-fiction film. The SOC Films and Home Box Office [HBO] production film, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, is based on the controversial practice of honor killing in Pakistan.

The documentary follows the story of an eighteen-year-old woman who miraculously survived a brutal attack by her father and uncle, and with the support of a local police officer was able to have both imprisoned for their crime. Initially, she fought the case determined to get the maximum punishment for the two perpetrators. But for weeks the young woman was pressured by the community elders to forgive and forget, to bring peace back to the neighborhood and to release the sole breadwinner of her large family from prison. Pakistani law allows for victims of honor crimes to forgive the perpetrators. Most women never survive the attack and virtually no one has ever been sent to jail for an honor killings crime. In her case she eventually had to forgive.