Winners of the 88th Oscars

Ben Atwater

The 88th Academy Awards commenced Sunday night. There were many surprises, many snubs, and an unusual amount of political commentary by Chris Rock. Taking home Best Picture was Spotlight, predicted by yours truly three weeks ago. While not surprising, I was a little upset to not see my personal favorite film of the year, Mad Max: Fury Road, take the big prize. Fury Road did, however, take the most prizes for the night with six wins, in categories mostly technical.

Best Picture & Original Screenplay: Spotlight
Best Picture & Original Screenplay:
Spotlight

The category everyone is talking about is Leo’s win for best Actor, after having been nominated several times. Social media exploded with Leo’s win. First and foremost, no person deserves an Oscar. The system is designed so that the prize is based off each separate performance. If someone truly deserves an Oscar for their contributions to the film industry, then they can be given an Honorary Award, as Spike Lee, the man who boycotted the ceremony, was awarded this year. In my honest opinion, I do not think Leo did anything groundbreaking in his performance, and I would have rather seen the statue go to Eddie Redmayne, who played a transgender female with such subtly and poise that made a whole new population, including myself, sympathize and reach a new understanding of the transgender community.

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actor:
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

While not the best ceremony I have seen, the 88th Academy Awards was a celebration of the best of film. While there were many snubs, and interest groups had their clear impact with political commentary every break, it was still an exciting night, and one can only wait to see who will win next year.

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best Supporting Actress:
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room
Best Actress:
Brie Larson, Room
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Supporting Actor:
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Best Animated Feature:
Inside Out
Forreign Language Film:  Son of Saul
Forreign Language Film:
Son of Saul
Best Adapted  Screenplay:  The Big Short
Best Adapted
Screenplay:
The Big Short
Best Original Song: “The Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith
Best Original Song:
“The Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith

 

 

 

 

Best Cinematography: The Revenant
Best Cinematography:
The Revenant
Best Costume Design, Best Make Up and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing & Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Costume Design, Best Make Up and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing & Best Sound Mixing:
Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Documentary Feature: Amy
Best Documentary Feature:
Amy
Best Visual Effects:  Ex Machina
Best Visual Effects:
Ex Machina