Leonardo DiCaprio and ‘Spotlight’ Strike Gold at 2016 Oscars
Leonardo DiCaprio finally struck gold at the 2016 Oscars on Sunday as he was named Best Actor for The Revenant. The 41-year-old, who has been nominated for five acting Oscars to date, earned his first Academy Award for his role as real-life fur trapper Hugh Glass in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s survival thriller, and he paid a warm tribute to his film collaborators as he stepped up onstage.
“Thank you all so very much…,” DiCaprio said. “To my brother in this endeavor, (co-star) Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent onscreen can only be surpassed by your friendship offscreen. To Mr. Alejandro Inarritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history in these past two years; what an unbelievable talent you are…” DiCaprio, who has been an outspoken proponent of combatting climate change, took his turn at the podium to deliver a heartfelt plea to everyone listening to help reverse the effects climate change has had on the planet to make sure we leave a better world behind for our children. “Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history,” said DiCaprio. He continued: “We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our childrens’ children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed… Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take this night for granted. Thank you so very much.” The Revenant, which led all nominees with 12 heading into Hollywood’s Dolby Theater ceremony, also saw Inarritu take home Best Director for the second consecutive year, after previously winning the 2015 title for Birdman. However, they lost out on the top prize of Best Picture to Spotlight, which details The Boston Globe‘s 2002 expose on the child molestation scandal which rocked the city’s Catholic church. The journalism drama landed Best Original Screenplay, too. Room‘s Brie Larson emerged victorious as Best Actress, while the Best Supporting Actor accolade went to Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies, and Alicia Vikander claimed the Best Supporting Actress prize for The Danish Girl. It was also a big night for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which emerged a six-time winner, virtually cleaning up in the technical categories, including Best Film Editing and Best Production Design. Musical performances came from rocker Dave Grohl, who sang an acoustic cover of Paul McCartney’s Blackbird during the annual In Memoriam segment, and Best Song nominees The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, and eventual winner Sam Smith, who was praised for “Writing’s on the Wall” from James Bond movie Spectre. Meanwhile, ceremony host Chris Rock addressed the Oscars’ diversity issue head on, opening the show by quipping, “Well, I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards!” He continued to joke about the controversy throughout the show, where guest presenters included Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Sofia Vergara, Charlize Theron, and Whoopi Goldberg. The full list of winners at the 88th Academy Awards is: Best Picture: Spotlight Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – The Revenant Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant Best Actress: Brie Larson – Room Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight – Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul, Hungary Best Original Song: “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre – Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes Best Original Score: The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone Best Cinematography: The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina – Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, and Andrew Whitehurst Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road – Mark A. Mangini and David White Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road – Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo Best Documentary Feature: Amy Best Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness Best Animated Film: Inside Out Best Animated Short Film: Bear Story Best Live Action Short: Stutterer Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan Best Make-up and Hair Styling: Mad Max: Fury Road – Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, and Damian Martin Academy Honorary Awards: Spike Lee Gena Rowlands Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Debbie Reynolds.