‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is surprise contender for 2016 Oscars glory

George Miller's film racks up 10 nominations - second only to 'The Revenant' with 12

George Miller’s R-rated blockbusterMad Mad: Fury Road could be the surprise package at this year’s Academy Awards after receiving a total of 10 nominations today (January 14).

Only period western The Revenant scores more nominations after being shortlisted in 12 categories. Both films will compete for the prestigious Best Picture prize against Carol, Spotlight, The Big Short, The Martian, Room and Brooklyn.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens receives a nomination for John Williams’ score, as well as three other nominations in technical categories.

Leonardo DiCaprio scores his fifth Oscar nomination for his performance in The Revenant, but faces competition from The Martian‘s Matt Damon, Steve Jobs‘ Michael Fassbender, Trumbo‘s Bryan Cranston and The Danish Girl‘s Eddie Redmayne for the Best Actor prize.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence secures her fourth Oscar nomination for her lead role in Joy. Her fellow nominees in the Best Actress category are Room‘s Brie Larson, Carol‘s Cate Blanchett, Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan and 45 Years‘ Charlotte Rampling.

In the supporting actor and actress categories, British stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Mark Ruffalo and Kate Winslet all receive nominations. Sentimental favourite Sylvester Stallone is also shortlisted for his performance in acclaimed Rocky spin-off Creed.

Lady Gaga, The Weeknd and Sam Smith will all compete for the Best Original Song award, while Ennio Morricone – who surprisingly has never won a competitive Oscar – is nominated for Best Original Score for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

All the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 28, hosted by Chris Rock.

Check out the full list of nominations for the 88th Academy Awards here