The 88th Oscar nominees were announced this morning (1/14) and "The Reverent" leads all films with 12 nominations, including a "best actor" nomination for Leonardo DiCaprio and a nomination for "best director" for Alejandro Inarritu, who won the award last year for the movie "Birdman". "Mad Max: Fury Road" followed with 10 nominations, including best picture and "The Martian" received 7 nominations, including best picture.
Again this year there is a "black out" in all of the acting categories. No person of color was nominated in any acting category for their work in 2015. Noticably missing were Idris Elba for his role in "Beasts of No Nation" and Benicio Del Toro in "Sicario". The Oscars will have an African American host this year. Chris Rock will be hosting the telecast, February 28th, on ABC.