2016 Academy Award Winners: 'Spotlight' Nabs Best Picture; 'Mad Max' Also Wins Big

2016 Academy Award Winners: 'Spotlight' Nabs Best Picture; 'Mad Max' Also Wins Big

Feb 28, 2016


With six Oscars, Mad Max: Fury Road collected the most amount of Academy Awards on Hollywood's biggest night, but it was Spotlight that snuck away with Best Picture and not the heavily predicted The Revenant. The latter film did collect awards for Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio, who won his first Oscar) and Best Cinematograpy (Emmanuel Lubezki), but that was it. 

The night's other major awards went to Brie Larson (Best Actress for Room), Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl) and Mark Rylance (Best Supporting Actor, Bridge of Spies), who may be responsible for this year's biggest snub, as Sylvester Stallone (Creed) missed out. (Yo Adrian... I didn't do it!)

Our favorite moments?

Overall Favorite Moment: Chris Rock's opening monologue

Not only did host Chris Rock come right out and confront the controversial lack of diversity among this year's nominees, but he did so with hilarity and poignancy -- and he wasn't afraid to go right at the realities of Hollywood -- going so far as to point out the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio gets great roles every year -- while also making a point to say it's not about boycotting anything, it's about simply wanting more opportunity.

Favorite Friend Moment: Arnold Schwarzenegger's message to Sylvester Stallone

When Sly lost the Oscar, his pal Arnold was quick to post this sweet video championing, well, the champ.




Favorite Surprise Moment: Ex Machina winning Best Visual Effects


And how about the little sci-fi movie that could snagging a major Oscar from big-budget competition like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road.



Most Powerful Moment: Lady Gaga’s performance of "’Til It Happens To You" from The Hunting Ground.


Gaga's powerful performance ended with he singer flanked by rape survivors. The entire crowd was on their feet, wiping away tears. Brie Larson even took the time to hug each and every survivor as they exited the stage.



Favorite Record Set: At 87 years of age, Ennio Morricone — who took home an Oscar for scoring The Hateful Eight — becomes the oldest winner of a competitive Oscar ever.


Biggest Record Set — With his Best Director win, Alejandro González Iñárritu becomes the first to win back-to-back directing Oscars in 65 years — and only the third person to ever accomplish that feat. 


Favorite side story: Margaret Sixel, George Miller’s wife, wins Best Editing for Mad Max: Fury Road. She had never edited an action movie before. Well done, mate!



And the Oscar goes to...

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge Of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Spotlight -- WINNER


Best Director
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - The Revenant -- WINNER
Adam McKay - The Big Short
George Miller - Mad Max Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson - Room
Tom McCarthy - Spotlight


Best Actress
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Brie 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 Actor
Christian Bale - The Big Short
Tom Hardy - The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight
Mark Rylance - Bridge Of Spies -- WINNER
Sylvester Stallone - Creed


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 Original Screenplay
Matt Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - Bridge Of Spies
Alex Garland - Ex Machina
Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve - Inside Out
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer - Spotlight -- WINNER
Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savage - Straight Outta Compton


Best Adapted Screenplay

Drew Goddard - The Martian
Nick Hornby - Brooklyn
Adam McKay & Charles Randolph - The Big Short -- WINNER
Phyllis Nagy - Carol
Emma Donoghue - Room


Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins - Sicario 
Edward Lachman - Carol
Emmanuel Lubezki - The Revenant -- WINNER
Robert Richardson - The Hateful Eight
John Seale - Mad Max: Fury Road


Best Animated Feature
Boy And The World
Inside Out -- WINNER
Shaun The Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There


Best Documentary Feature
Cartel Land
The Look Of Silence
What Happened Miss Simone
Winter On Fire: Ukraine's Fight For Freedom


Best Film Editing
Hank Corwin - The Big Short
Margaret Sixel - Mad Max: Fury Road -- WINNER
Tom McArdle - Spotlight
Stephen Mirrione - The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Score
Carter Burwell - Carol
Ennio Morricone - The Hateful Eight -- WINNER
Thomas Newman - Bridge Of Spies
Johann Johannson - Sicario
John Williams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Foreign Language Feature
Embrace Of The Serpent
Son Of Saul -- WINNER
A War


Best Production Design
Bridge Of Spies 
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road -- WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant


Best 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
Sanjay's Super Team
We Can't Live Without Cosmos
World Of Tomorrow


Best Documentary Short Film
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond The Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres OF The Shoah
A Girl In The River -- WINNER
Last Day Of Freedom


Best Live-Action Short Film
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
Stutterer -- WINNER


Best Song
"Earned It" from Fifty Shades Of Grey
"Manta Ray from Racing Extinction
"Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground
"Simple Song 3” from Youth
"Writing's On The Wall" from Spectre -- WINNER


Best Costume Design
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road -- WINNER
The Revenant


Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road -- WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Sound Mixing
Bride Of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road -- WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road -- WINNER
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out THe Window And Disappeared
The Revenant

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