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The nominations for Best Actress (top row), Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling and Saoirse Ronan, and Best Actor (bottom row), Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne.

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The nominations for Best Actress (top row), Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling and Saoirse Ronan, and Best Actor (bottom row), Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne.

With awards season in full swing and low temperatures only permitting inside activities, now is the time to catch up on the films you missed last year. As the Oscars (AKA Big Kahuna of awards) approach, the tension mounts both in who might win and who didn't get nominated this year. Here is a comprehensive list of 2016 Oscar nominations, with links to reviews by Times Movie Critic, Steve Persall.

Best Picture

Associated Press

Jeremy Strong, from left, Rafe Spall, Hamish Linklater, Steve Carell, Jeffry Griffin and Ryan Gosling in the film, "The Big Short."

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Associated Press

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in "The Revenant."

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

Best Director

Open Road Films

Rachel McAdams stars as Sacha Pfeiffer, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes and Brian d'Arcy James as Matt Carroll in the movie "Spotlight," about the Boston Globe's investigation of sexual abuse.

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

20th Century Fox

Matt Damon in a scene from the film, "The Martian."

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actress

Associated Press

Rooney Mara, left, as Therese Belivet, and Cate Blanchett, as Carol Aird, star in a 1950s-era story of girl meets girl in a time of archly oppressive men in "Carol."

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Warner Brothers Pictures

Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson Creed, who seeks out Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) when he needs a trainer.

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer J. Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Focus Features

Eddie Redmayne, Best Actor Oscar winner for last year's The Theory of Everything, and Alicia Vikander star in The Danish Girl.

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight

Universal Pictures

Straight Outta Compton profiles the group N.W.A., which made a name in the 1980s with lyrics reflecting inner city frustration and anger created by police brutality.

Straight Outta Compton

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Associated Press

Author Emma Donoghue is pictured on the set of "Room."

Room

Best Foreign Film

Embrace of the Serpent

Mustang

Son of Saul

Theeb

A War

Best Documentary Feature

Associated Press

Amy Winehouse, pictured during a 2008 performance, died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011. She was 27.

Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Best Animated Feature

Paramount Pictures

David Thewlis voices Michael Stone and Jennifer Jason Leigh voices Lisa Hesselman in the animated stop-motion film Anomalisa from directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.

Anomalisa

Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Best Film Editing

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Spotlight

Film Frame/Disney/Copyright Lucasfilm 2015 via AP

Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, star in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Song

Fifty Shades of Grey

Racing Extinction

Columbia Pictures

Daniel Craig appears in a scene from the James Bond film, "Spectre."

Spectre

The Hunting Ground

Youth

Best Original Score

Dreamworks

Tom Hanks plays James B. Donovan, a lawyer approached by the CIA to defend a British-born Soviet spy.

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Read Times' reviews for the 2015 Oscar-nominated films 01/20/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 3:55pm]
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