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Oscar Nominations 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio Leads the Way

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The biggest night in Hollywood finally has its guest list. This morning at 8:30 a.m., John Krasinski, Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominees for the 88th annual Oscars. Simultaneously, dozens of celebrities woke up to the very best phone call an actor can receive.

This year's Oscar nominations include plenty of expected recipients (Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, and Cate Blanchett for Best Actor and Actress, respectively), as well as some relative surprises (where were Carol, Star Wars, and Straight Outta Compton in the Best Picture category?). They'll join second-time host Chris Rock when the awards show takes place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood late next month, as well as the yet-to-be announced lineup of presenters.

Among other questions (Will Leo finally get that Oscar? Will J. Law make it to the stage in one piece? Will she smoke weed beforehand?), we won't find out who will take home each award until the event airs Sunday, February 28th on ABC, here's everyone who's officially in the running:

Best Picture: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight

Best Actor: Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Directing: Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant), Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

Film Editing: Hank Corwin (The Big Short), Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road), Stephen Mirrione (The Revenant), Tom McArdle (Spotlight), Marcia Lucas, Paul Hirsch, and Richard Chew (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Foreign Language Film: Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia), Mustang (France), Son of Saul (Hungary), Theeb, A War (Denmark)

Original Score: Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Hateful Eight, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Production Design: Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant

Visual Effects: Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Brooklyn, Carol, The Martian, Room

Original Screenplay: Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton

Animated Feature Film: Anomalisa, Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie, When Marnie Was There

Cinematography: La Liazar, Carol, The Hateful Eight, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Sicario

Costume Design: Carol, Cinderella, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant

Documentary Feature: Amy, Cartel Land, The Look of Silence, What Happened Miss Simone?, Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Documentary Short Subject: "Body Team 12," "Chau," "Beyond the Lines," "Clau Lanzmann: Spectres fo the Shoah," "A Girl in the River," "Last Day of Freedom"

Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The Revenant

Original Song: "Earned It" (Fifty Shades of Grey), "Manta Ray" (Racing Extinction),"Simple Song #3" (Youth), "Til It Happens To You" (The Hunting Ground), "Writing's On the Wall" (Spectre)

Animated Short Film: "Bear Story," "Prologue," "Sanjay's Super Team," "We Can't Live Without Cosmos," "World of Tomorrow"

Live Action Short Film: "Ava Maria," "Day One," "Everything Will Be Okay," "Shok," "Stutterer"

Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sound Mixing: Bridge of Spies, Mad Max, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens