It was quite an opening from Comedian Chris Rock who was hosting the final big event of this Awards season and what was probably one of the most controversial year in Oscar History!
We knew Rock wouldn’t be tiptoeing around the subject and he certainly did deliver!”This is the white people choice Awards”! he said half-jokingly.
Although it was slightly lame in some places with even some really awkward moments during the opening monologue and later during the evening, the appearance of stacey stash being the most awkward of all! Chris Rock managed to press where it hurts!
“Is Hollywood racist”? he asked at some point and you could feel the utter discomfort in the room. The jab at Jada and Will Smith did not go unnoticed either! On a more serious note he also declared “We all want equal opportunities”!
There were also the usual highlights: The “Maestro” Ennio Morricone receiving a well-deserved oscar at 87, for his score in the “Hateful Eight” by Quentin Tarantino.
Vice President Joe Biden also attended and urged the audience and every american citizen “to take the pledge. “The pledge says I will intervene in situations where consent has not or can not be given,” Biden said. “Let’s change the culture, we must and we can change the culture.” Also Lady Gaga appearing for the second time and performing on stage with victims of sexual assaults.
Although Mad max was the big winner of the evening with 6 oscars. It did not get the most coveted prizes (Best Director and Best Film) however George Miller’s film scooped all the major technical ones as well as one for Best Costumes!
Surprisingly “The Revenant” only got 3 Oscars, for Best Director, historical win for Iñarritu who received his second oscar as a Director! He delivered a touching speech “looking forward to a time when the color of the skin would become as irrelevant as the length of one’s hair” refering to opportunities in Hollywood! The Revenant also got Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki and the long awaited, long overdue Best actor prize for Leonardo Dicaprio that instantly provoked a social media earthquake!!
Best Foreign film went to the gripping and sensational “Son of Saul” from Hungary and directed by László Nemes. It tells the story of a man’s attempt at surving the horror of 1944 Auschwitz.
“Spotlight” received the top honors with Best screenplay and Best film underlying the political undertone attached to this year’s ceremony!
Here is the full list of winners:
Best Picture: “Spotlight”
Direction: “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Actress: Brie Larson, “Room”
Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Adapted Screenplay: “The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Original Screenplay: “Spotlight,” Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Cinematography:“The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki
Production Design:“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (set decoration)
Film Editing:“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel
Visual Effects: “Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Costume Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan
Makeup: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
Sound Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White
Sound Mixing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Score:“The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone
Song: “Writing’s on the Wall,” from “Spectre,” Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul” (Hungary)
Animated Feature: “Inside Out”
Documentary Feature: “Amy”
Animated Short: “Bear Story”
Documentary Short: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
Live Action Short: “Stutterer”
By Fab Poller