Oscars 2016: Winners

The Oscars have happened. The biggest night in the world's entertainment awards season is over.

Oscars 2016: Winners

Let's look back at what was the culmination of the most controversial awards season in living memory.

This year, the Oscars were lambasted for producing a list of very straight, white nominees and nominations. Straight Outta Compton was sorely missed out as was Carol and individual performances by Idris Elba and Will Smith. Naturally, therefore, the list of winners was quite non-diverse. The amount of non-white faces accepting gongs this year was low, highlights went to Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu picking up Best Director for The Revenant, British-Asian director, Asif Kapadia shocked by winning the Best Documentary award for the excellent Amy over legendary doco director, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Emmanuel 'El Chivo' Lubezki won his third Oscar for Best Cinematography for the third consecutive year in a row for The Revenant. He is the first cameraperson to do so and the first winner to do so since three consecutive wins for the Visual Effects team behind the Lord of the Rings franchise.

Of course, host and legendary Black comedian, Chris Rock, gave an achingly uncomfortable yet brilliant stab at presenting the show, constantly addressing the issue of diversity of which he has certainly been in the middle.

Outside of colour, surprises came in the form of Spotlight winning Best Picture, Alicia Vikander winning Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl over Kate Winslet, and the other Alicia Vikander film, Ex Machina, winning Best Visual Effects over Star Wars. Sam Smith won the Oscar for Best Original Song for Spectre's Writing's on the Wall over Lady Gaga's Til It Happens To You. And finally, Mark Rylance took Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies over Sylvester Stallone. I kind of called Spotlight's, and Rylance's surprise wins but other people weren't so convinced.

What's noticeable is that the surprises worked in Britain's favour – Kapadia, Rylance, Smith, Ex Machina, and The Danish Girl are all British and weren't expected to win their awards. Elsewhere, Stutterer, a British short won Best Live Action Short Film. Jenny Beavan's Costume Design win for Mad Max: Fury Road was surrounded by remarkably less controversy than her equivalent win at the BAFTAs. Speaking of which, Mad Max was the real winner of the night winning the most awards: six, all being craft awards.

I've gotten this far without mentioning that Leonardo DiCaprio has won his first Oscar after five previous nominations since 1994: he won Best Leading Actor for The Revenant. Phew.

Other than the wins themselves, speeches and performances were important this year.

Leo's speech address the plight of climate change.

Lady Gaga's performance of her nominated song overshadowed the performance of the winning song by Sam Smith with a moving stick-shaking at domestic violence.

Smith's win itself was dedicated to the world's LGBT community.

The highest profile non-white win came from Iñárritu who addressed the diversity issue in his acceptance speech calling prejudice 'tribal thinking'.

Now without further ado, here's the list of winners.

Best Picture

The Big Short, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Brooklyn, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Mad Max: Fury Road, Doug Mitchell and George Miller
The Martian, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam
The Revenant, Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon
Room, Ed Guiney
WINNER: Spotlight, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol
WINNER: Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
WINNER: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams,Spotlight
WINNER: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Directing

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Film Editing

The Big Short, Hank Corwin
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight, Tom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best Foreign Language Film

Colombia, Embrace of the Serpent
France, Mustang
WINNER: Hungary, Son of Saul
Jordan, Theeb
Denmark, A War

Best Original Score

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell, Carol
WINNER: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
The Danish Girl, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
The Martian, Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
The Revenant, Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Best Visual Effects

WINNER: Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
The Martian, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
The Revenant, Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Best Adapted Screenplay

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

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Ex Machina, Alex Garland
Inside Out, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
WINNER: Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Best Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
Boy and the World, Alê Abreu
WINNER: Inside Out, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
Shaun the Sheep Movie, Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
When Marnie Was There, Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Cinematography

Carol, Ed Lachman
The Hateful Eight, Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale
WINNER: The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario, Roger Deakins

Best Costume Design

Carol, Sandy Powell
Cinderella, Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan
The Revenant, Jacqueline West

Best Documentary – Feature

WINNER: Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine
WINNER: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Best Original Song

"Earned It," Fifty Shades of Grey, Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
"Manta Ray," Racing Extinction, J. Ralph and Antony Hegarty
"Simple Song #3," Youth, David Lang
"'Til It Happens to You," The Haunting Ground, Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
WINNER: "Writing's on the Wall," Spectre, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best Animated Short Film

WINNER: Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Prologue, Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
Sanjay's Super Team, Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
We Can't Live Without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit
World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt

Best Live Action Short Film

Ave Maria, Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
Day One, Henry Hughes
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), Patrick Vollrath
Shok, Jamie Donoughue
WINNER: Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Best Sound Editing

WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White
The Martian, Oliver Tarney
The Revenant, Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
Sicario, Alan Robert Murray
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
The Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Image courtesy of Flickr/Mike Licht

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