Highlights and winners of the Academy Awards – The Oscars 2016
The main attraction of the Hollywood on Sunday night was the 88th Annual Academy Awards. The ceremony started with a salute to the films of the year 2015, spreading far above the nominated films for its montage. “I counted at least 15 black people in that montage,” host Chris Rock said when he took the stage.
1 The Rock Of A Host
The elite of the Hollywood were on the extreme edge of their seats about how Rock would mark the elephant in the room: with the absence of racial diversity in the nominees and the results amidst the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. The answer? It turned out that as he wanted to rewrite the opening monologue after the argument started, making headlines, he wasn’t joking.
Within seconds he assured that he won’t let the topic go, calling the Oscars, “The White People’s Choice Awards.”
2 The Wow Winners
The awards began in earnest with the first winner of the night for “Spotlight” — for Best Original Screenplay — with Tom McCarthy’s chronicle of the Boston Globe’s exposé based on child abuse in the Catholic church.
Another Best Picture nominee, “The Big Short”, won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Director and co-writer Adam McKay used his speech to mark the current election: “If you don’t want big money to control government, don’t vote for candidates that take money from big companies or weird billionaires,” he said.
The award for best Supporting Actor went to Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies,” defeating out odds-on favorite Sylvester Stallone. In addition, on the feature documentary side, the Oscar was grabbed by Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees for the Amy Winehouse documentary, “Amy- Investigating The Tragic Life Of The Late Singer.” The selections were top notch and the moments were more than big memories.
Gaga and her co-writer, Diane Warren, had to leave for home empty-handed, though, as Sam Smith’s “the Writing’s on the Wall” took home the Oscar for Best Original Song. The Best Original Score went to “the Hateful Eight” composer Ennio Morricone, who never won any Oscar before, though he has been awarded an honorary Oscar in 2007. John Williams, who was up for “Star Wars: the Force Awakens,” took his 50th Oscar nomination this year.
The team of Mad Max: Fury Road took six awards with them, winning the trophies for best editing, best costume design and make-up and hairstyling among others.
And Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY got chance to address his Oscars acceptance speech, winning for his elements-enduring role in “the Revenant,” his first win and sixth nomination. This made me leap in joy. Love you Leo. The world can now relax! In the race to best actress, when there was a contest on between newcomers and more experienced talent, the Academy chose the youth over experience, given that the Oscar went to the first-time nominee Brie Larson for “Room.” Alejandro Inarritu, was awarded the best director for “The Revenant.”
4 Spotlight on “Spotlight”
Morgan Freeman gave the biggest award of the night, The Best Picture award, with eight films vying for the top prize. Moreover, the Oscar was won by “Spotlight,” and Tom McCarthy and crew took over the stage to celebrate. In addition, Rock finished the night by alluring everyone in attendance to the BET Awards this summer.
So, this was it! The Academy Awards for the year 2015 ended with an opportunity to party all night for all the Leo fans around the world.
Till the next Academy Awards, watch the movies coming this year, so that we can vouch for our favorites and be happy when they hold the gold man!
P.S. – We just loved the way Kate Winslet reacted when Leonardo got his award!!