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'Carol', 'Big Short' Lead Noms For Australian Academy's International Awards

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts has unveiled nominees for its 5th annual International Awards. The Weinstein Co’s Carol is in the lead, followed by Paramount’s The Big Short, Warner Bros’ Mad Max: Fury Road and Fox’s The Revenant in a repeat of Alejandro G Inarritu’s nod for Birdman which was the eventual winner last year. Open Road’s Spotlight rounds out the Best Film category. In total, 17 films have been recognized across seven categories. Cate Blanchett, Joel Edgerton and Judy Davis are among the native Aussies vying for acting prizes. The AACTA winners will be announced on January 29 in Los Angeles. The full list of nominees is below:

AACTA International Award for Best Film
THE BIG SHORT
CAROL
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
THE REVENANT
SPOTLIGHT

AACTA International Award for Best Direction
THE BIG SHORT – Adam MacKay
CAROL – Todd Haynes
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – George Miller
THE MARTIAN – Ridley Scott
THE REVENANT – Alejandro González Iñárritu

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
CAROL – Phyllis Nagy
EX MACHINA – Alex Garland
THE MARTIAN – Drew Goddard
SPOTLIGHT – Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer
STEVE JOBS – Aaron Sorkin

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor
Steve Carrell – THE BIG SHORT
Matt Damon – THE MARTIAN
Leonardo DiCaprio – THE REVENANT
Michael Fassbender – STEVE JOBS
Eddie Redmayne – THE DANISH GIRL

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress
Cate Blanchett – CAROL
Emily Blunt – SICARIO
Brie Larson – ROOM
Saoirse Ronan – BROOKLYN
Charlize Theron – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – THE BIG SHORT
Paul Dano – LOVE AND MERCY
Benicio del Toro – SICARIO
Joel Edgerton – BLACK MASS
Mark Rylance – BRIDGE OF SPIES

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
Judy Davis – THE DRESSMAKER
Jennifer Jason Leigh – THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Rooney Mara – CAROL
Alicia Vikander – THE DANISH GIRL
Kate Winslet – STEVE JOBS