Oscars 2016 – Live Blog and Results: Who Won at the 88th Academy Awards? (VIDEO)
Welcome to the live blog and recap of the 2016 Oscars! What films and performances won at the 88th Academy Awards? We’ll have a winners list at the end of the night, along with videos of the big moments!
Chris Rock hosts as Leonardo DiCaprio looks to win his first Oscar, and Alejandro G. Inarritu aims to become the first director in history to helm back-to-back Best Picture winners! Granted, The Revenant faces stiff competition from PGA champ The Big Short, WGA and SAG winner Spotlight, and critical favorites Mad Max: Fury Road and Room! Even The Martian could surprise (stranger things have happened — namely, Crash).
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-We open with the usual pretentious opening package, which is absolutely fine by me, since I love those things. Sorry, I’m just a sucker for the pomp and circumstance.
-Chris Rock opens by addressing the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, calling the Oscars the “White Peoples’ Choice Awards”. He notes how a lot of people wanted him to quit in protest, but states that it’s only ever unemployed people who want you to quit your job. Chris says he held onto the job because “I don’t need to lose any more work to Kevin Hart.” Chris then makes an outstanding point, implying that everyone being up in arms about the lack of diversity among nominees is actually a sign of how far along we’ve come, because it means black artists don’t have real issues to protest now like they did in the 60s. The entire monologue mostly centers on the diversity controversy, to the point that it actually gets kind of distracting, although he has some great lines, such as when he notes that Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the Oscars would be like him boycotting Rihanna’s panties, since he was never invited in the first place. He also explores whether or not Hollywood is racist, recounting the time he went to a fundraiser for President Obama, where he met a bunch of white Hollywood liberals who were super nice, but have largely failed to hire black actors in prominent roles. Thus, he states Hollywood is racist in the way a sorority is racist. It’s a fine monologue, but I’m not sure the entire thing necessarily had to be about the race issue, since there’s plenty to rip on in these nominees themselves. Hell, Leo and the bear?!
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
-Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt are onstage to present the screenplay categories, and they gush about how hot writers are. Because the teleprompter tells them to. Cute. I also like how a graphic shows up onscreen to give us facts about the presenters.
And the Oscar goes to…SPOTLIGHT!
Right away, I love the “thank you” ticker at the bottom of the screen. Granted, I doubt it’ll prevent people from reading off lists onstage. But it’s a nice thought.
Josh Singer thanks Open Road films, their cast and crew, his wife and his father, who taught him how to dream. Tom McCarthy thanks his family and all their friends, while also vowing that the sort of abuse depicted in the film needs to never occur again. Aaaaand he starts getting played off, because the ticker isn’t enough.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
-Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe present the award, and they bumble through an awkward bit about the definition of an adapted screenplay, and how many Oscars Russell Crowe has won. I get the feeling it’s going to be a long night in terms of presenter banter.
And the Oscar goes to…THE BIG SHORT!
Adam McKay thanks the Academy, Michael Lewis for writing the book it’s based on, and he thanks Paramount as well. He also thanks his kids, and then says if you don’t want big banks to control money, then don’t vote for candidates who are in the pocket of the banks. Charles Randolph then quickly thanks his family, because time is a flat circle, or some other McConaughey-esque witticism.
-Back from break with a skit about how hard it is for black actors to get roles in major Oscar contenders. It features Whoopi Goldberg hounding Jennifer Lawrence about her lines in Joy, Leslie Jones playing the bear in The Revenant, Tracy Morgan playing Eddie Redmayne’s role in The Danish Girl, and Kristen Wiig and Jeff Daniels debating leaving Chris Rock on Mars in a spoof of The Martian. Chris then introduces Stacy Dash as the new Academy’s director of Minority Outreach, in a segment that just completely and utterly bombs.
SAM SMITH PERFORMS BEST ORIGINAL SONG NOMINEE “WRITING’S ON THE WALL” FROM SPECTRE
-Sarah Silverman is here to introduce Sam Smith. She notes she hasn’t seen Spectre, but she did sleep with James Bond, although he never called back. She makes a pretty funny point about how he’s slept with countless women, yet half of them try to kill him afterwards.
-Sam sings “Writing’s On the Wall,” and in my opinion, this is the best of the five song nominees. Granted, I’m not predicting it to win, largely because Lady Gaga has the more powerful message song. And if it’s not Gaga, it’ll be The Weeknd, because that’s basically the one chance the Academy has to give an Oscar to a black artist this year. Either winner would be deserving, so I really wouldn’t mind if it were Gaga or The Weeknd. But from a pure music standpoint, I prefer “Writing’s On the Wall”. Sam sounds absolutely brilliant here, by the way. But that’s basically the norm.
WATCH AND DISCUSS: Sam Smith Sings ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ at Oscars 2016 (VIDEO)
-Kerry Washington and Henry Cavill are out to introduce the first of the Best Picture nominees, The Martian and The Big Short in one of those segments that only ever happens at bloated awards ceremony. I’m a longtime lover of the Oscar ceremony, even when it’s been cartoonishly long. But even when there were only five Best Picture nominees, I thought introducing each one over the course of the ceremony was kind of a time waster. But I get that it’s for the benefit of home audiences, who might not have seen all the nominated films. So I get it, even while I don’t necessarily love it.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
-J.K. Simmons is totally rocking that beard. This is the one acting category this year that I think is up in the air. I’m predicting Kate Winslet, but conventional wisdom says Alicia Vikander. Let’s see…
And the Oscar goes to…ALICIA VIKANDER, THE DANISH GIRL!
Well, my first miss of the night. But I couldn’t be more thrilled for Alicia, who absolutely deserved it for her work in The Danish Girl.
Alicia is virtually breathless as she thanks The Academy, her cast and crew, the production companies, director Tom Hooper, and co-star Eddie Redmayne. She also goes on to thank her mom and dad for giving her the belief that anything can happen. She starts to get played off towards the end by “Ride of the Valkyries,” because they’re apparently so obsessed with getting this show done by 11:30 (even though they NEVER do) that we don’t have time for genuine moments anymore. But at least it seems like Alicia got to say everything she wanted to. Congrats, Alicia!
-Back from break with Chris making a crack about Carol being the third-best girl-on-girl movie he saw this year. I feel like I’m missing something here.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
-Cate Blanchett is out to present, looking like a million bucks in a robin’s egg blue dress with flowers embroidered on the side. Cate was in both Carol and Cinderella, which seems to be setting up a win for one of those movies, like it did with Ryan Gosling presenting The Big Short with its first Oscar of the night. But nope…
And the Oscar goes to…MAD MAX: FURY ROAD!
-Jenny Beavin says this wouldn’t have happened without one fortuitous phone call she received from a friend asking what she was doing. She starts getting played off right as she goes into a poignant note about how the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Mad Max could be prophetic if we’re not kinder too each other. What a lovely sentiment. The orchestra needs to chill out.
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
-Steve Carrell and Tina Fey do a bit where Steve notes the amazing achievements of each nominee, while Tina plays drunk. It works far better in practice than you’d think it would in theory.
And the Oscar goes to…MAD MAX: FURY ROAD!
Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson take the stage to accept their Oscars. Colin talks about how many people it takes to make him look competent, noting that this wouldn’t have happened if not for Americans, Brits, Australians and New Zealanders hadn’t come together under George Miller’s vision of a man with mental health problems. So he chalks it up as an Oscar for diversity. Lisa, meanwhile, takes the quicker route by simply saying a quick thank you.
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
-Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are out to present the award, and it ends with Leto cracking a joke about merkins, and telling audience members to google if they didn’t get it. I love Jared Leto so very much, you guys.
And the Oscar goes to…MAD MAX: FURY ROAD!
Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin take the stage to accept their Oscars, and it takes them so long to get to the stage that it makes me wonder why nominees get seated way the hell in the back. The trio thanks the Academy, Warner Bros., and cast and crew across the globe. They also thank their families and supporters/colleagues back at home.
-Benicio Del Toro and Jennifer Garner are out to present Best Picture nominees The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road. I feel it’s incumbent upon me to note just how classy Jennifer looks here, in opposition to all of this “boobs hanging out” nonsense we got on the red carpet with some of the stars in attendance. After the presentation for The Revenant, we see a man in a bear costume applauding the movie, in a funny moment.
-Back from break as Chris points out some of the real-life people whom the Oscar nominated films tonight were portraying, such as the real Joy Mangano (from Joy), the real reporter Mark Ruffalo portrayed in Spotlight, and “Suge Knight” from Straight Outta Compton (with an actor portraying Suge in an orange jumpsuit and restraints). I’ll admit it. I laughed.
-Rachel McAdams and Michael B. Jordan are out to present the award, and we get a nice little showcase of the different styles of each film. Onto the award…
And the Oscar goes to…THE REVENANT!
Emmanuel Lubezki thanks Alejandro G. Inarritu, and also thanks Fox for all of their freedom. He also thanks his family and all his supporters, in what’s a brief but classy speech.
BEST FILM EDITING
-Liev Schreiber and Priyanka Chopra present Best Film Editing, which has historically been one of the key awards in a film’s march toward Best Picture (although not always, as evidenced by Birdman last year).
And the Oscar goes to…MAD MAX: FURY ROAD!
Margaret Sixel accepts her award, and holds it up to Charlize Theron in the audience. She thanks the usual cast and crew, who work with their hands and their hearts.
-Chris Rock then introduces an Oscar Black History Month tribute hosted by Angela Bassett. She makes you think the segment will honor Will Smith, before pivoting and revealing that the honoree is actually Jack Black. Look, if you’re going to do the whole #OscarsSoWhite thing throughout the entire ceremony, then the comedy should probably have more bite to it than this did. Was there even a single second where it wasn’t obvious that the segment would be about one of Will’s white costars? Then again, obvious comedy has its place here. Just because you know a joke is coming doesn’t mean it can’t still deliver once it lands.
BEST SOUND EDITING
-Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans are here to present the sound awards. (By the way, can we please get another Captain America: Civil War trailer soon?) In a cool bit, instead of naming the nominees, we get a montage of their sounds. That was simply AWESOME.
And the Oscar goes to…MAD MAX: FURY ROAD!
Mark Mangini and David White come onstage to collect their Oscars…and immediately get censored, presumably because they swore. There’s a certain irony to getting silenced when accepting a sound award. Anyway, the speech is classy, talking about how sound artists are storytellers, and that they hope to see director George Miller around a campfire again sometime.
BEST SOUND MIXING
-Boseman and Evans remain onstage to present the next award, and we get another badass montage of sounds.
And the Oscar goes to…MAD MAX: FURY ROAD!
Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudlogg and Ben Osmo accept their Oscars, and get cut off pretty quickly. Can we get a #LetTheSoundGuysTalk hashtag going?
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
-We then get a montage on the craft of motion capture centered on the achievements of Andy Serkis and the visual effects artists who’ve helped bring his performances to life. Andy gets the crowd on his side with a dig at Donald Trump by noting he’s not too different from the kind of monsters you could play if you wore a motion capture suit. I love Andy Serkis.
And the Oscar goes to…EX MACHINA!
Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett take the stage to accept the award, as the audience seems kind of stunned by the upset. But hey, nothing wrong with a good ol’ Oscar surprise! They note how unexpected this win was, before stating that their craft dictates that they must thank people in two directions, not just the cast and the studio, but also the visual effects artists. “Without them, we are nothing.” Classy speech.
-Jason Segel and Olivia Munn, looking unrecognizable for reasons I can’t exactly pinpoint (new teeth maybe?), are out onstage to present highlights from the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards. This segment is notable largely for having C-3PO, R2D2 and BB-8 come onstage at the end. In a terrific moment, C-3PO notes how much the Oscar looks like him, all while Room’s Jacob Tremblay gets up from his seat to get a better look. C-3PO points out 50x Oscar nominee John Williams in the crowd as well. FIFTY nominations! And five wins. And he deserved every single one. As we head to break, we get an opening crawl, a la Star Wars, that tells us to stay tuned for The Weeknd and a reunion between Woody and Buzz Lightyear on their 20th anniversary. It’s been TWENTY YEARS ALREADY?! Man, I feel old now.
-Back from break with Chris Rock selling Girl Scout cookies on behalf of his daughter. I can’t tell if this is real or just a bit he’s doing, sort of like an attempt to create another “Oscar selfie” moment like we got with Ellen DeGeneres. But we do get a bunch of Girl Scouts coming out to sell cookies, so I guess this is legit. If nothing else, it’s entertaining for how brief it is.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
-The Minions are out to present Best Animated Short, and they’re helpfully subtitled for our understanding. Let’s go Bear Story!
And the Oscar goes to…BEAR STORY!
Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala accept the award. They keep it brief by thanking the Academy, their families, and everyone in Chile who supported and trusted in their work. One of the men thanks his grandfather, whose suffering in exile inspired the film. His partner gives glory to Chile, noting this is the first Oscar for their country. This was a lovely speech.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
-Woody and Buzz Lightyear are on-hand to present the award, and to celebrate twenty years since the release of their first film together. This was downright adorable, with Buzz making fun of Woody for being an old cowboy, and then pulling on his drawstring to make him speak out of turn. I’ll never not love Toy Story, especially the Tom Hanks and Tim Allen partnership.
And the Oscar goes to…INSIDE OUT!
Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera come onstage to accept their Oscars as Woody and Buzz go limp at the sight of people coming, in an adorable moment. They thank the amazing artists of Pixar, led by John Lasseter. They also thank their wives and children, noting that anyone working it out in junior high and high school should “make stuff” because it’ll “make a world of difference”. It was a much nicer speech than I could adequately communicate. Poignant too.
-Chris then introduces “next year’s Oscar host,” Kevin Hart. Kevin gives it up for Chris, and then applauds his fellow actors of color who were not nominated. It’s honestly the most eloquent speech of the night, as he talks about how the problems of today will soon become the problems of the past, and that we shouldn’t let the diversity controversy distract us. We should just keep working hard. It’s a great speech, with a funny punchline, as Kevin notes that he really thought this would be the year he’d get a front row seat at the show due to the diversity problem. But nope. This was seriously great. Anyway, he’s here to introduce our next performer…
THE WEEKND PERFORMS BEST ORIGINAL SONG NOMINEE “EARNED IT” FROM FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
-This performance is basically a recreation of the music video, as he’s flanked by scantily clad burlesque dancers while a woman hangs from the ceiling, Cirque du Soleil style. The vocal is on-point, but that isn’t exactly surprising at this point. I was a bit surprised though that he didn’t use his falsetto on the pre-chorus like in the studio version. But this was still a damn solid performance overall.
WATCH AND DISCUSS: The Weeknd Performs ‘Earned It’ At Oscars 2016 (VIDEO)
-Reese Witherspoon and Kate Winslet are out now to introduce Best Picture nominees Bridge of Spies and Spotlight. Two incredibly classy women who look utterly timeless. Also, those enormous journalist glasses are very becoming on Kate.
-We then throw to a video package where Chris Rock goes to a theater in Compton to ask people on the streets what they thought about the lack of black acting nominees. By and large, no one seemed to care all that much. I can appreciate what they were going for here, but they’re beating the hell out of this dead horse. Chris hands an Oscar to separate people on the streets and asks them to give an acceptance speech. The only good speech is a guy who says the Oscar shouldn’t be black or white, but Asian, Latino and all colors, because there’s talent out there everywhere, from all races. Amen.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
-Last year’s Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette, presents the award for Best Supporting Actress.
And the Oscar goes to…MARK RYLANCE, BRIDGE OF SPIES!
WHAT THE HELL?! How did THAT happen?! I mean, I know how it happened, but it seems really out of left field. Rylance says he’s always adored stories and being in them, and states that this is why he’s so honored to have worked with one of the great storytellers of our time in Steven Spielberg. He also thanks Tom Hanks and all the other extraordinary people he got to work with on Bridge of Spies, before adding that it’s a wonderful time to be an actor.
I feel awful for Sly, who was terrific in Creed. I liked Rylance in Bridge of Spies, but never really understood why he was getting all sorts of critical love for the film. He’s an amazing actor, but it was far from my favorite role of his. Then again, if it were up to me, I’d have given it to Tom Hardy for The Revenant.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
-Louis C.K. does an interesting bit about how documentary short winners are more important because they don’t get rich off of their success. Well, some do. But I wouldn’t imagine the number is that high. Before presenting the award, he jokingly announces the winner as Mad Max: Fury Road, because Louis C.K. is a man for all seasons.
And the Oscar goes to…A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS!
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy thanks the brave women and men out there who push women to go to school and work, all in the name of a just society. She talks about the power of film to outlaw honor killing, as the orchestra starts to play her off. Cool it, orchestra!
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
-Dev Patel is out here with the lovely Daisy Ridley to present the award. Le sigh, I love Rey so much.
And the Oscar goes to…AMY!
Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees thank the Academy, the contributors, and to everyone who trusted them to make this film. They wanted to show the real Amy Winehouse, not the tabloid version of her. They wanted to show the smart, funny, talented girl. They thank their families, wives and children and also Amy’s fans, who are all she ever needed.
-We then go to a bit in which Chris implies that the Oscar votes are tabulated by children in China. I have no idea what this was supposed to accomplish.
-Back from break with Chris Rock revealing that $65,243 in Girl Scout Cookies, with most of those sales coming from Suge Knight. Okay, that was funny.
-Whoopi Goldberg recaps the Governors Awards, in which actress Gena Rowlands and filmmaker Spike Lee were awarded honorary Oscars, while Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds earned the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. We follow this up with a presentation by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who congratulates all the nominees and winners for this year. She then talks about how vital it is that Hollywood participate in bringing about the change they want to see in the industry. This leads to the announcement that the Board of Governors has helped diversify the membership pool for the Academy this year. “While change is often difficult, it is necessary,” she declares, before quoting Dr. Martin Luther King. One of the night’s best speeches.
-Louis Gossett Jr. introduces Dave Grohl to perform “Blackbird” by The Beatles as we say goodbye to some of the amazing people we lost this year. This was an absolutely gorgeous performance and segment. It still wounds me to know we lost Alan Rickman, David Bowie and Leonard Nemoy. Shame Roddy Piper didn’t get a mention. They Live is one of the great action movies of its time.
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
-Room star Jacob Tremblay and Beasts of No Nation star Abraham Attah are out to present Best Live-Action Short, and Chris Rock quickly brings out a box for Tremblay to stand on. Cute.
And the Oscar goes to…STUTTERER!
Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage accept their award. Benjamin thanks every single member of the cast and crew for jumping on-board and taking this risk with them. He also states that every day is a proud day to be Irish, but this day more than usual. Serena then thanks the Academy for honoring short films.
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
-Sofia Vergara and Byung-hun Lee are out to present Foreign-Language Film. I’d be shocked if this goes to any other film but Son of Saul, but then, I thought Sylvester Stallone was a lock. So what do I know?
And the Oscar goes to…SON OF SAUL!
Laszlo Nemes accepts the prize, thanking the incredible cast and crew that believed in this project when no one else did. He also thanks lead star Geza Rohrig for his performance. He then closes with a touching sentiment: “Even in the darkest hours of mankind, there might be a voice within us that allows us to remain human. That’s the hope of this film.”
LADY GAGA PERFORMS BEST ORIGINAL SONG NOMINEE “TIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU” FROM THE HUNTING GROUND
-Then VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, of all people, comes out to the tune of the Indiana Jones theme, as he receives a standing ovation. And he’s here to introduce Lady Gaga by imploring all Americans to make the pledge to intervene when they see someone being abused in situations where consent cannot be given. It’s a really rousing speech, pleading for us to go to ItsOnUs.org.
-Lady Gaga is at the piano to perform the song, and she appears to already be fighting back tears as she sings through the first verse. This is already a showstopping moment. This is not only an extraordinary vocal, but it’s an incredible performance, from how she’s engaging the audience and even the cameras from her seat at the piano. It all builds to a goosebump-inducing climax in which she brings out victims (or actors playing victims, anyway) onto the stage to stand in solidarity with her. Is there any way Lady Gaga loses this category? Even without the performance tonight, this is a song with a clear message. And the Academy loves to honor those types of songs, at least judging by last year’s “Glory” from Selma. In the audience, Rachel McAdams is in tears, Diane Warren looks about ready to faint, and Kate Winslet is one of the first stars on her feet to give a standing ovation. Just a tremendous Oscar moment.
WATCH AND DISCUSS: Lady Gaga Sings ‘Til It Happens to You’ at Oscars 2016 (VIDEO)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
-Pharrell Williams is out onstage with Quincy Jones to introduce the nominees. Why is Pharrell’s hair yellow? Come on, man, you had such a classic look going on with the Arby’s hat! Anyway, what I love about this is that, once again, instead of just listing the nominees, we get a brief montage of each nominee with the score highlighted. Really gives a sense of just what was accomplished with these scores. Some great work is on display here. Work that invaluably aided their films.
And the Oscar goes to…THE HATEFUL EIGHT!
Morricone is being escorted from his seat, and at this rate, I’d be shocked if they even let him speak before they started to play him off. In a lovely moment, the crowd gets to its feet for this legend, as Quincy Jones embraces the man. Now I see why they had a podium set up there. Morricone fights back tears, and then delivers his speech in Italian, thanking the Academy for this acknowledgment, and paying respect for his fellow nominees like John Williams. He thanks Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Weinstein, and everyone who worked on The Hateful Eight. Lastly, he dedicates the award to his wife, Maria. And just like that, the Academy earns MAJOR points from me for not playing him off, like I feared they would. Classy move, letting the man actually speak.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
-Last year’s winners, John Legend and Common, are out to present the honor. It’s a shame the other two nominees, “Manta Ray” and “Simple Song #3”, didn’t get to be performed. If it’s a matter of star power, you can always hire a guy. Hell, they had Beyonce do half the 2004 nominees due to the lack of major names among the nominees. Anyway, I digress. They’re presenting the award now…
And the Oscar goes to…JIMMY NAPES AND SAM SMITH, “WRITING’S ON THE WALL” FROM SPECTRE!
Sam Smith looks like he’s about to throw up. He thanks Jimmy Napes and all the nominees, adding, “Gaga, you’re incredible.” Sam then says he read an article from Sir Ian McKellan that noted how no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar. And if that’s true, then he would like to dedicate this to the LGBT community. A wonderful speech that really alleviates the sting from Gaga’s defeat, as she seems to be taking it like a champ. This was my favorite song of the nominees, even if I would have assumed Gaga would take it. Congrats, Sam!
-And now, Olivia Wilde is out here with Sacha Baron Cohen…as Ali G. He does a bit about the great black people in all movies…like Darth Vader. It’s funnier than you’d think it would be, given how hard they’ve beaten this dead horse over the course of two and a half hours. Cohen and Wilde introduce Room and Brooklyn, two of my favorite movies of last year.
-JJ Abrams is here to present Best Director. We get a cool segment with the directors talking about their films, rather than just a dry reading of nominees. The presentation of awards has really been on-point tonight. Here we go!
And the Oscar goes to…ALEJANDRO G. INARRITU, THE REVENANT!
Inarritu thanks the Academy, saying he can’t believe this is happening. He states it’s much more beautiful for him to be sharing this with all the cast and crew along the continent who helped him make this. He thanks Leonardo DiCaprio, calling him The Revenant, and then thanks Tom Hardy and the rest of the cast. He also thanks Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, as well as all the people at Fox and New Regency. As he starts to get played off the stage, he says we’re at a great moment right now to liberate ourselves from tribal thinking. He hopes that one day, the color of one’s skin will be as irrelevant as the length of one’s hair. He then dedicates the award to his father. You know, Academy, you wouldn’t have to play everyone off if you ditched all those utterly pointless skits that have been playing throughout the night, like Chris Rock going to a theater in Compton, or Angela Bassett presenting Black History Month with Jack Black.
-After joking about how late it’s getting (“It’s infomercial late!”), Chris takes a second to thank the musical director for tonight, we head into the final three awards of the evening.
Eddie Redmayne is here to present the award for Best Actress. Let’s do this!
And the Oscar goes to…BRIE LARSON, ROOM!
Larson is stunned, and thanks the Academy. What she loves about filmmaking is how many people it takes to make it, so she thanks the film festivals that got the movie off the ground, the production companies, the crew and also co-star Jacob Tremblay. She thanks everyone who participated in the making of Room, and finishes by thanking all the fans who saw and supported it. What a lovely speech.
-Last year’s Best Actress, Julianne Moore, is out to present the award. Come on, Leo!
And the Oscar goes to…LEONARDO DICAPRIO, THE REVENANT!
YES! FINALLY! Seriously, you never know for sure until the envelope is open. The crowd is on its feet for Leo, whooping and hollering. Leo thanks the Academy and his fellow nominees. He then thanks everyone who worked with him on the movie, including his “brother” Tom Hardy, his director Alejandro G. Inarritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, as well as his entire team. Strangely enough, Leo is the only winner who doesn’t have a “Thank You” ticker running at the bottom of the screen. He then says that The Revenant is about man’s relationship with the rest of the world, noting that we’re losing that world to global warming and climate change. “We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or big corporations of the world” but for indigenous peoples and others fighting to save this planet. He pleads with us not to take this planet for granted, because he will not take tonight for granted. An absolutely beautiful speech. I’m so utterly delighted. Congratulations, Leo!
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-Morgan Freeman is here to present the big award of the evening. I’m so ready!
And the Oscar goes to…SPOTLIGHT!
HUGE upset! Instead of two Best Pictures in a row for Inarritu, it’s two in a row for Michael Keaton! This is also the first Best Picture winner in half a century to only win two awards. Statistics don’t mean anything anymore! The producers plead with Pope Francis to start protecting children to restore the faith. They also thank the studios, the cast, the crew, and the amazing reporters whose incredible work were the basis of this incredible story.
WOW! What an Oscar year. I can’t remember a year this predictable since 2006. And, strangely, that season had Leo in an Oscar frontrunner as well, except his movie actually did win Best Picture at the end of the night (it was The Departed, although Leo lost Best Actor for his role in Blood Diamond to Forest Whitaker, who won for The Last King of Scotland). I think, ultimately, The Revenant was hurt by the preferential voting ballot. Had this simply been a case of tallying up all the #1 ranked votes, I think The Revenant wins. But this was a race decided by #2 votes, and I believe Spotlight earned enough to carry the day, much like Birdman last year.
What did you think of this year’s Oscar winners? Sound off in the comments!
Until next year, thank you for joining us this awards season!