Eddie Redmayne and Cate Blanchett are
among the actors vying for an Oscar in a leading role category.
Redmayne's portrayal of transgender
pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl won him a best actor
nomination. Redmayne won last year's prize for The Theory of
Also competing in the Best Actor
category are Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Matt Damon (The
Martian), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Bryan
Redmayne “shocked” at lack of progress on transgender rights.)
Cate Blanchett is considered the
favorite to win this year's Oscar for best actress for her portrayal
of Carol in the
lesbian romance film of the same name.
Also nominated were Brie Larson (Room),
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) and
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).
Blanchett's Carol co-star Rooney
Mara was nominated in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category,
which also includes nominees Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful
Eight), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Kate Winslet
(Steve Jobs) and Rachel McAdams (Spotlight).
Mara talks chemistry with Cate Blanchett in Carol.)
Out singer Sam Smith's James Bond theme
Writing On The Wall was nominated for best original song.