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Academy Awards 2016: Winners: SPOTLIGHT, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, THE REVENANT

Leonardo Dicaprio Brie Larson Alicia Vikander Mark Rylance Academy Awards 2016 Winners

Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, and the other Oscar winners for the 2016 Academy Awards have been announced. The 88th Annual Academy Awards is a film award show “accolade by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world and is televised live in more than 225 countries annually. It is also the oldest award ceremony in the media.”

We previously published the 2016 Academy Awards nominations here:

This year’s Oscars were certainly controversial and surprising. I expected Leonardo DiCaprio to win for The Revenant and he did. His performance in that film was more than worthy. What I was not expecting was how dominating Mad Max: Fury Road would be in the visual and technical awards. I knew the race for best cinematography was between that film and The Revenant but I had no idea that Mad Max: Fury Road would pick up five awards. It seems everyone was impressed with the visual achievements in that film.

Out of the five directors nominated, Alejandro G. Inarritu was locked for best director for The Revenant. No one even came close to what he was able to capture and achieve with his camera this year. He was out ahead by far for that award.

I do not agree with Ex Machina getting best visual effects. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant (the bear attack) were far more deserving.

The full listing of the 2016 Academy Awards winners:

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room” *WINNER
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Best Director
Adam McKay, “The Big Short”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Alejandro G. Inarritu, “The Revenant” *WINNER
Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Best Original Song
“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
“Simple Song No. 3” from “Youth”
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
“Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre” (Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith) *WINNER

Best Original Score
“Bridge of Spies”
“Carol”
“The Hateful Eight” *WINNER
“Sicario”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Embrace of the Serpent,” Colombia
“Mustang,” France
“Son of Saul,” Hungary *WINNER
“Theeb,” Jordan
“A War,” Denmark

Best Live Action Short Film
“Ave Maria”
“Day One”
“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)”
“Shok”
“Stutterer” *WINNER

Best Documentary Feature
“Amy” *WINNER
“Cartel Land”
“The Look of Silence”
“What Happened, Miss Simone?”
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

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”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies” *WINNER
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Animated Feature
“Anomalisa”
“Boy and the World”
“Inside Out” *WINNER
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“When Marnie Was There”

Best Animated Short Film
“Bear Story” *WINNER
“Prologue”
“Sanjay’s Super Team”
“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”
“World of Tomorrow”

Visual Effects
“Ex Machina” *WINNER
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Achievement in Sound Mixing
“Bridge of Spies”
“Mad Max: Fury Road” *WINNER
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Achievement in Sound Editing
“Mad Max: Fury Road” *WINNER
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Sicario”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Editing
“The Big Short”
“Mad Max: Fury Road” *WINNER
“The Revenant”
“Spotlight”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Cinematography
“Carol”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant” *WINNER
“Sicario”

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
“Mad Max: Fury Road” *WINNER
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared”
“The Revenant”

Production Design
“Bridge of Spies”
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road” *WINNER
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”

Best Costume Design
“Carol”
“Cinderella”
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road” *WINNER
“The Revenant”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl” *WINNER
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs“

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Big Short” *WINNER
“Brooklyn”
“Carol”
“The Martian”
“Room”

Best Original Screenplay
“Bridge of Spies”
“Ex Machina”
“Inside Out”
“Spotlight” *WINNER
“Straight Outta Compton”

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant” *WINNER
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs“
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Best Picture
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Brooklyn”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Spotlight” *WINNER

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