The 88th Academy awards: 2016 Oscar Winners list

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2015 and took place on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. During the ceremony, Oscars) in 24 categories. Below we have a list of all the 2016 Oscar winners.

Best Picture & Original Screenplay - Spotlight

Spotlight won the best picture Oscar. This journalism drama beat competition from The Revenant and The Big Short to go home with the night’s biggest prize. It was the second Oscar of the night for Spotlight after it also win the award for best original screenplay.

Spotlight plot: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

2016 Oscar® 2 Winner - Spotlight

Best Actor & Best Director & Cinematography - The Revenant

The Revenant won three out of 12 total nominations, including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Cinematography. It is worth mentioning that after six previous Academy Award nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio finally joined the ranks of Oscar winners and took home the 2016 Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the movie The Revenant.

Alejandro González Iñárritu has won the Oscar for best director for The Revenant at the 88th Academy awards, his second in a row after triumphing in the same category in 2015 for Birdman.

The Revenant Plot: A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

2016 Oscar® 3 Winner - The Revenant

Best Actress - Brie Larson, Room

Brie Larson is the 2016 Oscar winner for Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the movie Room. She (born October 1, 1989)is an American actress and singer. Larson's breakthrough role came with the independent drama Short Term 12 (2013), for which she was received critical acclaim. Further success came in 2015 when she starred in Room, an acclaimed drama based on Emma Donoghue's novel of the same name.

Room plot: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

2016 Oscar® Best Actress - Brie Larson, Room

Oscar® 6 Winners - Mad Max Fury Road

The 88th Annual Academy Awards was a night of success for Mad Max: Fury Road, with the Australian film winning six awards from its 10 nominations. The George Miller flick nabbed the Best Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing awards.

Mad Max: Fury Road plot: A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. You can find more info at Mad Max Fury Road.

2016 Oscar® 6 Winners - Mad Max Fury Road

Best Visual Effects - Ex Machina

Ex Machina, written by Alex Garland, won Best Visual Effects of the Oscar ceremony. It was a bit of a surprise win for the movie, as it was not only up against bigger, more widely-seen films The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. but that it won against the grain in a category that can be very political with allegiances to the major visual effects houses in the industry.

Ex Machina plot: A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

2016 Oscar® Best Visual Effects - Ex Machina

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Big Short

The Big Short, directed by Adam McKay, is a nominee for Best Picture. The film also received 4 other nominations, including Actor in a Supporting Role, Directing, Film Editing, and Adapted Screenplay. Finally, it won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for Charles Randolph and Adam McKay.

The Big Short plot: Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

2016 Oscar® Adapted Screenplay – The Big Short

Best Animated Feature - Inside Out

Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out won the Oscar for best animated film for director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera in what had been regarded as one of the awards season’s most likely outcomes.

Inside Out plot: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

2016 Oscar® Best Animated Feature - Inside Out

Other winners below:

  • Best Supporting Actress – Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Best Supporting Actor – Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Documentary Feature – Amy
  • Foreign Language Film – Son of Saul, Hungary
  • Original Song – “The Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith, Spectre (2015)
  • Original Score –Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
  • Animated Short Film – Bear Story
  • Live Action Short Film – Stutterer
  • Documentary Short Subject – A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

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