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Cate Blanchett, DiCaprio score Oscar nominations

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Australians Cate Blanchett and George Miller have both been nominated for Oscars ahead of February’s ceremony.

Blanchett will vie for the best actress gong for her portrayal of an older lesbian lover in the critically acclaimed drama Carol after winning her seventh career nomination.

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She will face stiff competition from recent Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence, who played a gritty entrepreneur in Joy, and Brie Larson who starred in the psychological thriller Room.

Miller is up for both Best Director and Best Picture for his post-apocalyptic mega-hit Mad Max: Fury Road.

Survival thriller The Revenant topped the Oscar nominations list with 12 nods, including for best picture, actor and director.

Miller’s blockbuster followed closely behind the pioneer-era drama, landing 10.

The films 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 DiCaprio, best director for Alejandro Inarritu and best supporting actor for Tom Hardy.

DiCaprio, who is 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.

The Oscar winners will be announced at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by comedian Chris Rock in Hollywood on February 28.

– with ABC

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