The 88th annual edition of Academy Awards had been in spotlight ever since the nominations were announced on January 14. The high-profile ceremony had extra attention this year, owing to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy which blasted the Academy for leaving out black actors.
Nevertheless, the exciting line-up of movies and deserving nominations made sure there was more to look forward to, barring the controversy.
Here is an exciting recap of the most prominent winners at this year’s Oscars!
The Academy Award for Best Picture went to Spotlight which was directed by Tom McCarthy. The criminal investigation movie based on a true story beat all competition to take home the biggest prize of the night.
Leonardo DiCaprio ended his 22-year long drought for an Oscar when he finally won it for The Revenant. The actor received the award amidst thunderous applause from the gathering. He used the opportunity to spread awareness on the need for a concrete solution to climate change.
Brie Larson won the Best Actress award for her female lead in Room. Last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Actor, Eddie Redmayne presented her the coveted prize.
Alejandro González Iñárritu won the Best Director award for the second time in a row for The Revenant. He has become the first director to win back-to-back Oscars for direction in 65 years.
In one of the biggest upsets of the night, Mark Rylance won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Bridge of Spies. Sylvester Stallone who gave a spectacular supporting performance in Creed was left heartbroken after the loss.
Best Supporting Actress
A first-time nominee, Alicia Vikander beat favourite Kate Winslet to win the Best Supporting Actress award. She won it for The Danish Girl which has her starring opposite Eddie Redmayne.
Best Animated Feature Film
Walt Disney’s animated comedy-drama Inside Out won the Best Animated Feature Film award at the Oscars. The gorgeously animated movie has a powerfully moving storyline.
Best Visual Effects
The amazing sci-fi effects of Ex Machina won it the Best Visual Effects award over the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Emmanuel Lubezki has set a new record by winning the Best Cinematography award at the Oscars for the third time in a row. He has won the award for The Revenant. His previous wins were for Gravity (2013) and Birdman (2014).
Best Original Song
Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ for the James Bond movie Spectre won the award in Best Original Song category.
Best Foreign Language Film
The Holocaust drama, Son of Soul won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The riveting Hungarian movie beat out competitors from Jordan, France, Denmark and Colombia.
Best Documentary Feature
The award for Best Documentary Feature went to Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia. It gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the life of late singer, Amy Winehouse.
The biggest winner of the night was Mad Max: Fury Road which took home six awards, all in technical categories. The Revenant was nominated in 12 categories and won only three – Best Actor, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Spotlight took the biggest award of the night for Best Picture and won another for Best Original Screenplay.