Rachel McAdams and The Weeknd score Oscar nominations

Canada will be well-represented come Oscar night, with Rachel McAdams and the Weeknd both in the running for two top awards. The stunning actress nabbed a best supporting actress nomination for her remarkable performance in the Spotlight, while the Toronto-born singer scored a spot in the best original song category for his track "Earned It" from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

Rachel scored a nomination for her performance in Spotlight. Photo: ©Open Road Films

Today's nominations mark the first time each star has been up for Oscar gold. Rachel gave a moving performance as real-life journalist Sacha Pfeiffer, one of a team of reporters from the Boston Globe who investigated sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests.

At the film's star-studded première at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, a Valentino-clad Rachel spoke candidly with Hello! about the role and what surprised her the most about bringing Sacha's story to life. "Something I discovered along the way is how honourable Sacha was in terms of dealing with the survivors of the abuse. She’s asking people to turn their worlds upside down and they are trying to heal and put this behind them and she’s literally knocking on their doors and cold calling them and asking them to talk about this abuse," she said. "I respect her so much because she didn’t just walk out of their lives as soon as she had the story. She’s still friends with many of them and formed these really strong relationships. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that she did it all with such integrity and grace."


The Weeknd's "Earned It" is up for best original song at the Oscars. Photo © Getty

It will be a busy awards season for the Weeknd, who in addition to his Academy Award nod is up for seven Grammys. His album Beauty Behind the Madness will battle it out for album of the year and his hit song “Can’t Feel my Face” could take home the prestigious title of record of the year.

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