If you missed Hollywood’s biggest night, then you shouldn’t miss this post.
Although much controversy found its way to the stage, the 88th Annual Academy Awards was anything but predictable, leaving winners full of shock and emotion. DMG Entertainment salutes the winners and nominees with this year’s Oscar recap!
Leo! Leo! Leo!
After 30+ years of acting, and five previous Oscar nominations, the 41 year-old Leonardo DiCaprio finally won the film industry’s highest achievement for his performance in THE REVENANT (2015). Leo waited a lifetime for his chance to say a 48 second acceptance speech, using his time to thank his family, acknowledge his coworkers and address global warming.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Even though MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) didn’t take home any of the top awards, it was arguably the big winner of the night taking home the most awards with six, twice a many as the next closest film. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD surprisingly swept the technical awards in spite of tough competition from odds-on-favorite STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015), THE MARTIAN (2015) and even THE REVENANT (2015).
Although legendary composer Ennio Morricone has produced many outstanding scores, such as THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966), ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984) and THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987), until Sunday night Morricone had only won an Honorary Academy Award. After a career spanning 50+ years, Morricone won Best Original Score for THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015). The audience gave a standing ovation as the 87 year-old Morricone walked to the podium and accepted the award.
Despite fierce competition from THE MARTIAN (2015), MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015), ROOM (2015), and frontrunner THE REVENANT (2015), SPOTLIGHT won Best Picture. SPOTLIGHT’s victory was the biggest upset of the night, even leaving SPOTLIGHT’s producer Michael Sugar shocked. It was the second award of the night for SPOTLIGHT which also won Best Original Screenplay.
While DiCaprio and Morricone earned long overdue Oscar recognition, Sylvester Stallone went home empty-handed again (his last nominations were 40 years ago – Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay – for ROCKY). Although Stallone was a strong candidate to win Best Supporting Actor for his role in CREED (2015), the Italian Stallion lost to Mark Rylance for his performance in BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015). To add insult to injury, some believe this was Stallone’s last shot at winning an Oscar. To anyone that believes Stallone can’t beat the odds, I recommend a little film called ROCKY (1976).
Although Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith boycotted the Academy Awards in support of #OscarsSoWhite, their efforts didn’t shield them from ridicule. Much of Chris Rock’s opening monologue bashed on the Smiths, highlighting Will’s bad films and stating Jada was never invited to the ceremony anyway.
Although THE MARTIAN (2015) earned seven nominations, the film didn’t win a single award. After the film’s release, THE MARTIAN was a strong candidate for the Academy Awards, especially after winning a Golden Globe for Best Picture. However, THE MARTIAN lost momentum after the release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015), which also was a big loser Sunday night with three nominations and zero wins, and THE REVENANT (2015).
The Rest of the Best – a shortlist of the 88h Annual Academy Awards winners:
BEST PICTURE SPOTLIGHT
BEST DIRECTOR Alejandro González Iñárritu – THE REVENANT
BEST ACTOR Leonardo DiCaprio – THE REVENANT
BEST ACTRESS Brie Larson – ROOM
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Mark Rylance – BRIDGE OF SPIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Alicia Vikander – THE DANISH GIRL
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM SON OF SAUL (Hungary)
BEST SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage – STUTTERER
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AMY
BEST DOCUMENTARY, SHORT SUBJECT Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy – A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE INSIDE OUT
BEST SHORT FILM, ANIMATED BEAR STORY
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Adam McKay and Charles Randolph – THE BIG SHORT
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – SPOTLIGHT
VISUAL EFFECTS Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett – EX MACHINA
BEST FILM EDITING Margaret Sixel – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Emmanuel Lubezki – THE REVENANT
BEST ORIGINAL SONG “Writing’s on the Wall” by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith – SPECTRE
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE Ennio Morricone – THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Congratulations to all of the Academy Award winners and nominees!
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