Here are the top story lines for the 2016 Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA (WCMH) — Back in January, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards.

You can view the full list of nominations here, but here are some of the top story lines to watch during Sunday’s award show.

DiCaprio nominated for Best Actor

Entertainment pundits have dubbed Leonardo DiCaprio the favorite to take home Best Actor for his role in “The Revenant.”
An Oscar has eluded the Hollywood mainstay, but 2016 may be his year.

Brie Larson nominated for Best Actress

Brie Larson is the favorite for her widely loved performance in “Room.”
Larson has worked in TV and movies since childhood, but pundits are calling this performance a “breakout.”

Could Sly get that elusive Oscar?

Speaking of elusive Oscars, Sylvester Stallone is nominated in Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Creed,” but the category is full of talent.
Christian Bale (“The Big Short”), Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”), Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”) and Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) also are nominated.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ well represented

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is well represented across a variety of categories.
The action flick received 10 nominations total, including Best Picture.

‘Inside Out’ leads animated category

Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out” earned a nomination for Best Animated Picture.
A Pixar film won the category seven years running before missing out the past two years.
Pundits expect “Inside Out” to snap the streak.

‘Straight Outta Compton’ snubbed?

“Straight Outta Compton” was not nominated for Best Picture — a surprise for some film critics.
It was, however, nominated for Best Original Screenplay. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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