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DiCaprio and Spotlight won the big Oscars, but Mad Max was the Academy Awards’ real winner

The Revenant
The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his Oscar, but—surprisingly—that wasn’t the only thing that happened at the Academy Awards. Long before DiCaprio enjoyed what was probably his happiest moment since the last time he absconded with the Russian ballet on one of his sex cruises, Chris Rock took the stage to make the first of many comments about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. The topic of race hung over almost the whole ceremony, from a pre-taped segment imagining the roles black people could’ve had in Oscar-nominated films (Tracy Morgan’s Danish Girl looked especially fantastic), to a Black History Month tribute that honored the work of Jack Black.

Other memorable Oscar moments included the addition of Matt Damon’s computer-generated beard in The Martian’s visual effects clip, Room’s Jacob Tremblay leaping out of his seat to see the droids from Star Wars, and of course that fabulous new Samsung phone, which can wirelessly charge, has expandable memory, and is even waterproof. Really, that new Samsung phone has the real best picture.


Then there were the actual awards, most of which went to Mad Max: Fury Road. This year, the Academy decided to present the Oscars in an order that referenced the process of making a film. First up was Best Screenplay, which went to Spotlight (setting up a Spotlight sandwich), followed by Best Adapted Screenplay (The Big Short), and then Best Actress In A Supporting Role (Alicia Vikander), because casting your supporting actress is the first thing you do once the script is done, but casting your supporting actor doesn’t happen until well after the editing and sound mixing is done. Anyway, DiCaprio won for Best Actor, Brie Larson won for Best Actress, and Spotlight took home Best Picture.

You can see the full list of winners below, and make sure to check out The A.V. Club’s liveblog for more detailed commentary on the night as a whole.


Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short

Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Cinematography: The Revenant

Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina

Best Animated Short Film: Bear Story

Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out

Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies

Best Documentary Short Subject: A Girl In The River

Best Documentary Feature: Amy

Best Live Action Short Film: Stutterer

Best Foreign Language Film: Son Of Saul

Best Original Song: “Writing’s On The Wall,” Sam Smith, Spectre

Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Best Directing: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

Best Actress In A Leading Role: Brie Larson, Room

Best Actor In A Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Picture: Spotlight


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