Follow the Road to Gold: Oscar Recap

88th Academy Awards

Follow the Road to Gold: Oscar Recap

Opening with a goose-bump-inducing montage of the most influential movies of all time, the 2016 Oscar Awards presented a night of victories and emotional performances tied in with a little controversy. Chris Rock managed to grab everyone’s attention with his introduction that addressed the elephant in the room—the prejudice surrounding the Oscars. While they made everyone laugh, his jokes about racism and the spoofs on diversity incorporated within the nominated movies put a raucous spin on the awards. However, they were followed up by surprising wins, including the astonishing victory of a certain former passenger of the 1997 Titanic–because it’s about time he deserved the recognition. The stars dazzled on screen, on the red carpet, and on stage and there was a sense of accomplishment with each nomination. While it may have been the most controversial Oscar Awards yet, the 88th Academy Awards left audiences captivated by the actors’ and actresses’ achievements.

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BEST PICTURE

Spotlight

Perhaps the most coveted academy award of all was won by the motion picture Spotlight. The spotlight was certainly all on this highly acclaimed movie. Spotlight was not expected to win this category, up against other great films such as The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Academy Award history was made when he was named the first Mexican director to win back to back Oscars, and only the third in all of Oscar history.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Yes! That’s right Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won an Oscar for Best Actor for his outstanding role in the Revenant. Fifth time’s the charm!

BEST ACTRESS

Brie Larson, Room

Her performance in Room led her to receive her first Oscar against many other amazing actresses in this category.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

This actor pulled off a huge upset for his role in Bridge of Spies over the favorite, Sylvester Stallone. No one previously predicted Mark Rylance to win in this category.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

She was nominated for the first time this year, and beat her top competitor, Kate Winslet from Steve Jobs.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant

Lubezki made Oscar history by being the first cinematographer to win three oscars consecutively.

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Complete list of all other Oscar winners:

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Ex Machina

BEST FILM EDITING

Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Writing’s On the Wall,” Spectre

BEST SOUND MIXING

Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SOUND EDITING

Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Inside Out

BEST DOCUMENTARY

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BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Son of Saul

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Bear Story

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Stutterer

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

A Girl in the River

 

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