“Spotlight” wins Best Picture, DiCaprio gets first Oscar

29 February 2016

Spotlight, a searing portrait of The Boston Globe’s investigation into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, won a surprise Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday at the 88th Academy Awards.

The movie, which has picked up a string of honours on its way to Oscars glory, beat rivals The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room, and The Revenant.

Catholic Church abuse movie Spotlight was named best picture, the top award at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, after an evening peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry.

DiCaprio finally wins Academy Award

Leonardo DiCaprio finally has an Oscar after winning the best actor Academy Award for his performance in the survival epic The Revenant.

DiCaprio has been nominated five times for acting Oscars, dating back to 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Acting’s highest honour has eluded him despite years of strong performances in films such as The Aviator, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

He played fur trapper Hugh Glass in director Alejandro Inarritu’s The Revenant, which involved the actor plunging into icy waters and eating raw bison to portray his character’s efforts to survive in the wilderness after a bear attack.

Brie Larson is the winner of the best actress Academy Award for her portrayal of a mother struggling to raise her son in captivity.

Larson won for Room, in which she plays a woman who gives birth to a son after being kidnapped and held captive for years. She attempts to give her son a sense of normalcy until circumstances force her to plot an escape.

It was the 26-year-old actress’ first Oscar nomination. She also won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her work on the film, which is adapted from an Emma Donoghue novel.

Alejandro G. Inarritu is a back-to-back Oscar winner for best director.

The Revenant director won the directing Academy Award Sunday for the his revenge tale, which features Leonardo DiCaprio braving icy elements to tell the 19th century survival tale about a fur trapper left for dead after a bear mauling.
The Mexican filmmaker won three Oscars at last year’s ceremony, including for best picture and writing Birdman. He was nominated in 2007 as best director for Babel. The Revenant was this year’s top-nominated film.
The win is the second Oscar awarded to The Revenant during Sunday’s ceremony.

Here is a complete list of this year’s Academy Award winners:
Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room
Best Director: Alejandro Iñárritu, The Revenant
Best Original Score: The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Best Live Action Short Film: Stutterer
Best Documentary Feature Film: Amy
Best Documentary Short Film: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out
Best Animated Short Film: Bear Story
Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White
Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
Best Cinematography: The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Makeup and Hair Styling: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight

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