The 88th Academy Awards – Ceremony Review and Winners

This year was a big year for cinema. Creating so many spectacular films that I enjoyed. It was reported that this will be a competitive year at the Academy Awards. From all the presenters, the performers to the host – this year’s ceremony was fun and interesting. The ceremony took aim at the main issue now in Hollywood and it was diversity. Chris Rock made funny jokes about everything but I thought that it went too far with the diversity thing – just do few jokes no the whole ceremony keep on doing it. That was just the one bad issue I had with the ceremony – everything else was good. Finally, it was great to see Leonardo DiCaprio win the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – after being nominated 3 times before that (The Wolf of Wall Street, Blood Diamond, The Aviator), he finally won on the 4th try for his role as Hugh Glass in The Revenant! He deserved it.

This year’s Academy Awards also came with few shockers. For me I thought that Sylvester Stallone had to win the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Rocky Balboa in Creed – he just gave such an emotional performance that really stood out. The win for Ex Machina for the Best Visual Effects was such a shocker – how can such a film win against bigger, more widely-seen films (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) – the movie didn’t have that much of visual effects to even be compared to these other nominees, but I still congratulate on the win. Sad that Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn’t win any awards – thought that John Williams should have won the Best Original Score. I really want to find out the criteria for winning an award. I am no expert; these are just my thoughts. As you can see the Academy thought differently.

Congratulations to all the people that worked on Mad Max: Fury Road – was really shocked at how many awards this film received – I thought that it will do good but not that good. Such a beautiful film it was.

The Best Picture this year was Spotlight. The most nominations were for The Revenant (12) and the most awards won was for Mad Max: Fury Road (6).

Overall the ceremony was a success and I enjoyed every minute I watched it. It would be great that they bring Chris Rock back for the next year and let’s hope that everybody will make such awesome/beautiful films this year so they can have another competitive award ceremony for the 89th Academy Awards.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony was presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, honoured the best films of 2015 and took place on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. For the second time the ceremony was hosted by Chris Rock.

Here are the winners of the 88th Academy Awards:

Best Original Screenplay

Spotlight (Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy)

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short (Charles Randolph & Adam McKay)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Best Costume Design

Mad Max: Fury Road (Jenny Beavan)

Best Production design

Mad Max: Fury Road (Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road (Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin)

Best Cinematography

The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best Film Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road (Mark Mangini and David White)

Best Sound Mixing

Mad Max: Fury Road (Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo)

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina (Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett)

Best Short Film (Animated)

Bear Story (Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala)

Best Animated Feature Film

Inside Out (Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera)

Best Supporting Actor

Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy)

Best Documentary Feature

Amy (Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees)

Best Short Film (Live Action)

Stutterer (Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage)

Best Foreign Film

Son of Saul (Directed by László Nemes)

Best Original Score

The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

Best Original Song

“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre (Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith)

Best Director

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Brie Larson (Room)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Best Picture




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