That’s a wrap! The 88th Academy Awards are history, with Spotlight shockingly winning Best Film, but at least Leonardo DiCaprio finally getting his first Oscar!
And here’s how it went down:
Chris Rock opened with a monologue focused on the #OscarSoWhite controversy, avoiding the traditional mentions to the films nominated. Killer lines like “This year, the In Memoriam package is just going to be black people who were shot by the cops on their way to the movies”, made the audience numb but supportive and the occasional Kevin Hart joke here and there was always a hit. In the end, all agreed that as Rock said, it’s not about boycott – it’s about opportunity given to black artists.
The ceremony started in a different award raw, starting with the screenplay awards with winners Spotlight for Original Screenplay and The Big Short for Adopted Screenplay.
The show continued with a black actor video featuring Woopy Goldberg was funny but rather awkward following with a more awkward appearance by Stacey Dash to recreate her controversial comment on Black History month
Shocker in the Actress in a Supporting Role category with Alicia Vikander winning for The Danish Girl , beating Kate Winslet.
Following the commercial break Chris Rock announces that we’re black (instead of we’re back) which shows us that he’s far from done from the #OscarSoWhite jokes and the awards continue with Costume Design, going to Mad Max: Fury Road And I still can’t get over of the thank you names strolling down the screen; it’s like watching CNN breaking news…
Production Design Oscar goes to Mad Max: Fury Road again as well as for Make Up & Hair Style, who is give by non other that Harley Quinn and The Joker themselves, aka Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.
Next award is for Cinematography and the Oscar goes to The Revenant.
The Film Editing Oscar goes to Mad Max: Fury Road again! That’s 4 till now!
And again an awkward video about Black History Month that seems to be targeted to Will Smith, only to reveal that it’s Jack Black who’s honored…
Two more Oscars for Mad Max: Fury Road, this time for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing!
Visual Effects went surprisingly to Ex Machina (how did Mad Max: Fury Road lose that?)
Chris Rock pulls an Ellen by inviting the audience to buy Girl Scout cookies to help his daughters sell more cookies than their fellow Girl Scouts
In a full animated moment, with special appearance by Woody and Buz from Toy Story, Inside Out wins best Animated Feature
And it’s time for the Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role: the winner is Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies! That’s a surprise! These supporting actors are really ruining my predictions…
The Oscar for Documentary Feature goes to Amy, about the life of Amy Winehouse
The In Memoriam section could not be more moving without Dave Grohl performing Black Bird
Best Foreign Language Film goes to Hungary for Son of Saul
In the music category, Original Score goes to the legend Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, who of course gives a speech in Italian and Original Song goes to Writing’s On the Wall for Spectre – ok, can I say it? Just cause it’s a song from a Bond film, it doesn’t mean it’s a good one…. Damn good speech from Sam Smith though…
So, we reached the final (big) awards: Directing goes to Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant (no shocker there), Actress in a Leading Role Brie Larson for Room, Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant (FINALLY) and at a jaw dropping moment, Spotlight winning Best Picture!
So, that’s it for this year. Let’s hope for less controversy next year and less air time – at least less than 3,5 hours….
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