Oscar nominations 2016: ‘Revenant’ leads with 12

Updated 4:43 PM EST, Thu January 14, 2016
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Story highlights

"Revenant" tops all films with 12 nods, including Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor

Sylvester Stallone is nominated for "Creed"; Jennifer Lawrence ("Joy") nominated for fourth time

(CNN) —  

“The Revenant” roared like a bear Thursday morning, topping all films with 12 nominations for the 88th Academy Awards.

Complete list of nominations

The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a vengeful frontiersman left for dead after a bear attack, earned nominations for best picture, best director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), best actor (DiCaprio) and – in a mild surprise – best supporting actor (Tom Hardy).

Hardy’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” also exercised some gasoline-fueled muscle. The postapocalyptic tale was second with 10 nominations, including picks for picture, director George Miller and editing.

“Spotlight,” which has dominated critics’ lists, received nominations for best picture, best director (Tom McCarthy), best supporting actor (Mark Ruffalo), best supporting actress (Rachel McAdams) and editing.

The Oscars may choose up to 10 films for best picture. This year, it went with eight: “The Revenant,” “Mad Max,” “Spotlight,” “The Martian,” “Brooklyn,” “Room,” “The Big Short” and “Bridge of Spies.”

Who do you think will win? Make your picks here

Big day for Stallone

The nominations were full of surprises.

Sylvester Stallone, 39 years after his acting nomination for “Rocky,” was nominated again – for “Creed,” in which he plays the same character, Rocky Balboa. He’s now one of just a handful of performers who have been nominated twice for the same role, and the distance between his movies is far and away the longest. Paul Newman had the previous mark – 26 years – for being nominated for playing Fast Eddie Felson in 1960’s “The Hustler” and 1986’s “The Color of Money.”

Thirty-nine years after "Rocky," Sylvester Stallone was nominated for "Creed."
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Thirty-nine years after "Rocky," Sylvester Stallone was nominated for "Creed."

Charlotte Rampling, who had never been nominated, earned her first nod for the film “45 Years.”

And Jennifer Lawrence, despite mixed reviews for her work i