The 88th annual Academy Awards were presented on February 28, 2016, with Chris Rock’s return as the host for the 2016 rendition of the Oscars show. As expected, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson took home the major acting awards at the 88th annual Academy Awards. Spotlight snagged Best Picture, while Alejandro Iñárritu picked up his second consecutive Best Director award for his work on The Revenant. Meanwhile, dystopian blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” swept the technical prizes, ending up the biggest winner of the night with six awards.
Now, let's pay attention to the four most considered awards of Oscars, including Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Best Director and Best Picture.
Nominees: Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)
The wait is over. Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home an Oscar for his role in The Revenant—after six nominations over the course of 22 years.
His role in The Revenant as Hugh Glass, a 19th-century American frontiersman who is left for dead by his comrades after being mauled by a bear during a winter expedition, helped him capture the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Nominees: Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Brie Larson also accepted her first Oscar after a whirlwind awards season of winning virtually every award she was nominated for. All season it’s really been a question of whether anyone could pull ahead of Brie Larson, who gets the most harrowing dramatic workout here as the imprisoned mother in Room, and makes an admirably detailed, star-making fist of it, communicating very different messages to the audience and to her five-year-old boy throughout.
Nominees: Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu won his second directing Oscar in back-to-back years for "The Revenant." The win makes him the first director to nab a directing Oscar two years in a row since 1950. "So what a great opportunity to our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and, you know, this tribal thinking, and make sure for once and forever that the color of the skin become as irrelevant as the length of our hair," Iñárritu said.
Nominees: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight
Best picture was easily the toughest, most unpredictable category in years. Awards critics predicted a win for "The Revenant" — though they were really just grasping at straws. It came down to three films: "The Revenant," "The Big Short" and "Spotlight" —which had been viewed as the front-runner almost the entire season. And it was "Spotlight" that took home the top prize of the night. The film, which told the story of the Boston Globe's expose of the Catholic Church sex abuse case, has been praised internationally and by members of the Vatican.
The following list is for other winners of the 88th Oscar Awards:
|Best Supporting Actor||Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Sylvester Stallone (Creed)||Mark Rylance|
|Best Supporting Actress||Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)||Alicia Vikander|
|Best Original Screenplay||Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton||Spotlight|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||The Big Short, Brooklyn, Carol, The Martian, Room||The Big Short|
|Best Animated Feature Film||Anomalisa, Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie, When Marnie Was There||Inside Out|
|Best Documentary – Feature||Amy, Cartel Land, The Look of Silence, What Happened, Miss Simone?, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom||Amy|
|Best Documentary – Short Subject||Body Team 12, Chau, beyond the Lines, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Last Day of Freedom||A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness|
|Best Live Action Short Film||Ave Maria, Day One, Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), Shok, Stutterer||Stutterer|
|Best Animated Short Film||Bear Story, Prologue, Sanjay’s Super Team, We Can’t Live without Cosmos, World of Tomorrow||Bear Story|
|Best Original Song||“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey, “Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction, “Simple Song #3,” Youth, “Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground, “Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre||"Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre|
|Best Sound Editing||Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|Best Production Design||Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|Best Cinematography||Carol, The Hateful Eight, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Sicario||The Revenant|
|Best Film Editing||The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Spotlight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|Best Visual Effects||Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Ex Machina|
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