For legions of movie lovers in Fresno and all over the world, tonight was an exciting night as billions tuned in to watch the 88th Annual Academy Awards. Hosted by Chris Rock, this year’s awards show did what the Oscars do best, honor the best accomplishments in film in class and respect, with Rock carrying the night with his unapologetic sense of humor, This year’s winners and nominees, all of which can be viewed at the Oscars’ official website, should all be applauded for their success as they celebrate their victories tonight.
Before we get into the winners, in should be noted that there has been a lot of controversy over this years nominees because of the complete lack of any African-American or minority nominees for any of the four acting awards this year. Ever since this year’s nominees were announced, many have debated how Chris Rock would or would not address this issue during the show. Right from the beginning, Rock lived up to that expectation with his usual sense of humor and commentary, making fun of it as he often does while at the same time trying to create awareness to the issue within Hollywood system. This examiner feel like he handled it well and I applaud him for his approach.
Spotlight took home the top honor tonight by winning Best Picture of the Year, as well as the award for Best Original Screenplay.
Leonardo DiCaprio earned his first Oscar win for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Revenant, while Brie Larson won for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Room. Meanwhile, Mark Rylance took home the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting role for his performance in Bridge of Spies, while Alicia Vikander won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her Performance in The Danish Girl.
The Revenant also earned director Alejandro González Iñárritu his second Oscar in a row for Best Director, as well as winning for Best Cinematography.
Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out won for Best Animated Feature Film, while Bear Story won for Best Animated Short Film.
“Writing’s On The Wall,” written by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes for Spectre, won the Oscar for Best Original Song, while Ennio Moricone’s score for The Hateful Eight won for Best Original Score.
However, the biggest winner of the night in terms of sheer number of awards was Mad Max: Fury Road, which swept the technical categories with an impressive six wins, including Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. It did however loose to Ex Machina for the award for Best Visual Effects.
Winning for Best Documentary Feature tonight was Amy, while the award for Best Documentary Short Subject went to A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.
Other awards this year went to The Big Short for Best Adapted Screenplay, Son of Saul for Best Foreign Language Film (Hungary), and Stutterer for Best Live Action Short Film,
This examiner would like to personally congratulate both this year’s winners and nominees for their success and he eagerly looks forward to this year’s film slate to see who will be the big winners at next year’s show.