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SPOTLIGHT, THE REVENANT and MAD MAX Win Big at The Oscars

Posted on February 29, 2016 at 10:25 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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The 2016 Oscars are in the books and there were more surprises than usual! There was a period where Mad Max: Fury Road appeared to have immense momentum. We kept hearing Junkie XL‘s score greeting technical winners to receive their golden statues, one after another after another—until it had six Oscars. Then the evening—which lasted more than 3 and a half hours (five if you include the red carpet coverage)—seemed to switch to The Revenant, as the 19th century survival film picked up three awards. Still, it was Tom McCarthy‘s spotlight on the power of investigative journalism, Spotlight, that won Best Picture.

At two total Academy Awards, Spotlight is the lowest total-haul Best Picture winner since 1952’s The Greatest Show on Earth (which also won 2). But the film, which chronicles the work of five hard-willed Boston Globe reporters who broke a massive sexual abuse coverup within the Catholic Church that sparked oscars-2016-poster-410x600worldwide outrage, fit in with a theme of the night: that highly funded corporations and individuals need to be held more accountable. From Spotlight‘s win, to Adam McKay’s screenplay win for his polemic expose of what caused the economic collapse of 2008, The Big Short, to Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Best Actor acceptance speech declaration that “climate change is real” and needs to be paid attention to, and their own President of the Academy’s plea to the industry to create more films that better reflect modern America (in response to the second year of #OscarsSoWhite controversy), it’s obvious that Hollywood wanted to send a message that they can do better. And also that we all can do better.

There were numerous other instances of such a creed throughout the night (however, no Sylvester Stallone career victory for Creed). Right now, we know you just want to get to the winners. All told, Mad Max: Fury Road won the most Oscars at 6, Alejandro G. Iñárritu won back-to-back Best Director Oscars with his win for The Revenant (following last year’s win for Birdman), DiCaprio won his first Oscar, and so did legendary composer Ennio Morricone, who likely became the oldest Oscar-winner ever, at the age of 87. The full list of winners from the 88th Academy Awards continues below.

BEST PICTURE

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

the-revenant-leonardo-dicaprio-600x398The Revenant

Room

Spotlight — WINNER

BEST DIRECTOR

Adam McKay – The Big Short

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant — WINNER

Lenny Abrahamson – Room

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett – Carol

room-brie-larson-jacob-tremblay-05-600x415Brie Larson – Room — WINNER

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

BEST ACTOR

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Matt Damon – The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant — WINNER

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara – Carol

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl — WINNER

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale – The Big Short

mark-rylance-bridge-of-spies-600x400Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies — WINNER

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight — WINNER

Straight Outta Compton

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Big Short — WINNER

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room

inside-out-image-joy-sadness-600x338BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Anomalisa

Boy & the World

Inside Out — WINNER

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Embrace of the Serpent – Colombia

Mustang – France

Son of Saul – Hungary — WINNER

Theeb – Jordan

A War – Denmark

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Amy — WINNER

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

the-hateful-eight-600x404BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight — WINNER

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction

“Simple Song #3” from Youth

“Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground

“Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre — WINNER

BEST SOUND EDITING

Mad Max: Fury Road — WINNER

charlize-theron-mad-max-fury-road-600x400The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SOUND MIXING

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road — WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road — WINNER

The Martian

The Revenant

the-revenant-emmanuel-lubezki-forest-goodluck-600x401BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant — WINNER

Sicario

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Mad Max: Fury Road — WINNER

The Revenant

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road — WINNER

The Revenant

BEST FILM EDITING

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road — WINNER

The Revenant

Spotlight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

ex-machina-alicia-vikander-600x421-2BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Ex Machina — WINNER

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Bear Story — WINNER

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay

Shok

Stutterer — WINNER

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 — WINNER

Last Day of Freedom

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