Best Original Screenplay
In an unsurprising dose of self-indulgence - this is the Oscars after all - the evening’s running this year supposedly followed the filmmaking process itself. As a result the people who are responsible for turning a blank page into a blockbuster were first up with Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer surprising no one by scooping the Best Original Screenplay award for Spotlight.
Best Original Score
After Mad Max: Fury Road had helped itself to a fistful of technical awards, there was a richly deserved standing ovation among the gaggle of A-listers crammed inside the Dolby Theatre for 87-year-old Ennio Morricone who won the Best Original Score gong for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Morricone had previously won an honorary Oscar in 2007, but this was his first competitive award, finally fixing one of the Academy’s biggest oversights of recent years.
Best Animated Picture
While Pixar’s Inside Out was hardly a surprise winner in this category, what did raise a few eyebrows was the fact that the actual Oscar was awarded by Woody and Buzz from Toy Story. Imagine having one of the greatest achievements of your life recognized by a bad animated skit! And if you think that’s bad have some sympathy for Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala the directors of Best Animated Short Bear Story, which was presented by the Minions. No, really.
Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees won the night’s big documentary award for Amy, a movie the duo described as “all about showing the world who she really was, not the tabloid persona.” Perhaps the bigger draw on the night was in the Best Documentary Short category, which was hilariously presented by Louis CK who said of the filmmakers: “These people will never be rich as long as they live…This Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic”
Best Supporting Actress
Went to Alicia Vikander who won the little gold man at the first time of asking for her performance in The Danish Girl.
Best Supporting Actor
Mark Rylance, the 56-year-old Brit who was absolutely fantastic in Bridge of Spies, delivered an endearing speech after taking home the Best Supporting Actor honours. There’s no doubt that Rylance deserves his mantle place trinket, even if Sly Stallone’s return as Rocky Balboa in Creed would have been the populist choice, if only because the actor was as giddy as a child on the red carpet during the build up to the evening’s main event.
Alejandro G. Inarritu made history by becoming just the third director to have won Oscars in two consecutive ceremonies after scooping the Best Director honours for The Revenant, just a year after claiming the top prize for Birdman. Inarritu joins Joseph L. Mankiewicz - who won the award in 1949 and 1950 for A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve, alongside John Ford who won in 1939 and 1940 for The Grapes of Wrath and How Green Was My Valley
Despite an extensive acting career, you’d be forgiven for not having heard of Brie Larson ahead of this year’s awards season. However the chances are you’ll be hearing the 26-year-old star’s name a lot more in the coming weeks after the she justifiably was honoured for her immense performance in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room.
Finally. After six nominations (including this year) and 3504 minutes of screen time, Leo finally won his Oscar much to the pleasure of the crowd who stood in unison, if not relief, to applaud the actor who was finally rewarded for his work.
Bookending the evening’s entertainment Spotlight got its second award and it was the big one. It looked like the critically adored film about The Boston Globe’s investigative journalists would be the evening’s bridesmaid after missing out in the Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo) and Best Director (Tom McCarthy) categories. However it was all smiles by the end of the night, as confetti rained on the cast and crew of this year’s Best Picture.
The brilliant Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the big winners on the night with George Miller’s movie winning big in the technical categories including Costume Design, Sound Mixing and Editing.
Host Chris Rock was a hit, with a hilarious opening monologue that didn’t shy away from this year’s pre-ceremony controversy. And not to be outdone by Ellen’s 2014 pizza skit, the standup comic fed the famous masses on cookies raising more than $65,243 for his daughters’ Girl Scout group in the process.
In an effort to cut down on the seemingly endless acceptance speeches, this year’s Oscars came complete with an annoying scroll of pre-written thank yous along the bottom of the screen. The end result was every inch as rubbish as it sounds, apart from this little gem spotted during the acceptance speech for Best Animated Picture.
Lady Gaga’s emotional rendition of Til It Happens To You, alongside a stage filled with sexual-assault survivors, drew the evening’s biggest standing ovation - and rightfully so.
While at the other end of the spectrum Sacha Baron Cohen received one of the evening’s biggest laughs when in full Ali G garb, the actor described himself as “yet another token black presenter.”
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