The 88th Academy Awards have come to pass and what a year it was for film. Despite the controversy over the nominations, the show was still extremely entertaining. Thank you Chris Rock for trying to keep the tone light and fun. Without further adieu, here are some of the 2016 Oscar Winners!
Note: I am not including some of the smaller awards. My intentions are not to discredit those winners, I'm just focusing on the bigger awards given.
Best Production Design: Lisa Thompson and Colin Gibson took home the Oscar for their work on Mad Max : Fury Road. What a night it was for Mad Max, taking home 6 awards in total! (Not for best picture, sorry guys) Being among films like Bridge Of Spies, The Revenant, and The Martian, it was must have been a tough decision. This film is amazing to say the least. A movie that's about driving straight, then turning left, and making another left turn...But all jokes aside, the scenes were dynamic and engaging, and the effects were like pure magic. Props to the entire production team, great job.
Best Animated Feature Film: Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera for Inside Out. Honestly, this wasn't much of a shock to me. This could easily have been the only animated film nominated that the Academy actually watched, and maybe that's why it won. Or it could be because Inside Out is a heart-warming, yet emotional roller coaster of a film. It had it's blend of comedy and sadness, and it held a really strong message throughout about growing up and what it's like to deal with those emotions as a younger child. Maybe I'm just getting soft, but Inside Out will always tug on my heart strings.
Best Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, and Sara Bennett for their work on Ex Machina. What a shocker, considering the other nominees were Star Wars Episode 7 : The Force Awakens, The Martian, The Revenant, and Mad Max : Fury Road. This film was by far one of my favorite movies of the year. It was beautifully crafted and the performances were top notch. But the visual effects are what brought this film the award and with good reason. If you haven't seen Ex Machina yet, you're missing out.
Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone, a living legend. He took home the award for Best Original Score for The Hateful 8. I could not and still cannot contain my excitement for this one. I may be slightly biased towards The Hateful 8 because Quentin Tarantino can do nothing wrong in my eyes, and that includes getting Ennio Morricone to score this film. He made an emotional speech on stage (despite needing a translator) and he honestly deserved this win. Although the other nominees had great scores as well, The Hateful 8 took the cake.
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander took home the award for her performance in The Danish Girl. I can honestly say, I didn't see this movie this year, but I'm sure she gave it her best and it shows. I was personally rooting for Jennifer Jason Leigh or Rachel McAdams but if the winners were chosen by me the Oscars wouldn't be nearly as fair. Congratulations to Alicia Vikander, and I will definitely watch The Danish Girl to see her Oscar winning performance.
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance for his role in Bridge Of Spies. Well, compared to the other nominees, this one seems like a stretch. I'm not trying to discredit his performance, there's different types of acting, he played his role exceptionally well. That being said, he won over Sylvester Stallone and Mark Ruffalo! Creed may have been robbed of it's win but that's a topic for another day. Bridge Of Spies was a good movie, you can't expect anything less from Steven Spielburg and Tom Hanks. Bridge Of Spies isn't the most widely known film of the year but it is a must watch.
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu wins for The Revenant. This award felt like it was going to be in George Miller's back pocket considering the night Mad Max was having but the director of Birdman (Best Picture Winner last year) took it home. There really isn't much bad to say about The Revenant. Some people might say he was given the award because of 'how hard' it was to make the movie, but others would say it was passion and talent. This one still has me wondering why it didn't win Best Cinematography, but we don't all get what we want!
Best Actress: Brie Larson wins for her amazing performance in Room. (Not to be confused with The Room) Trust me, there is an absolute difference. This category had a few strong nominees but Brie Larson is truly the highlight of the list. It's a staggering, emotional ride of a film and was just presented in such a great way. I've heard arguments that it wasn't as strong as the book was, but what movie ever does the books justice? If we can get that behind us and see this film for what it is, I'm sure it deserved to be just as appreciated. Room is right up there in my top movies of the year so for those of you that are keeping track, you've got to check out Ex Machina and Room. Go on, I'll wait for you.
Best Actor: He's finally done it! Our boy Leo is all grown up and it only took him getting mauled by a bear and left to die for him to win an Oscar! (I though Calvin Candie was a powerful enough role for a win but remember, I'm not in charge of The Academy). Leonardo DiCaprio wins his first Oscar for his role in The Revenant. Needless to say, this category had some very strong nominees. Brian Cranston, Eddie Redmayne, Matt Damon, and Michael Fassbender (yawn). Leo put in his years of work and kept his passion strong and it finally paid off. Congrats to him for the win and may he have another 41 years of great acting to come.
Best Picture: The last award of the night was given to Spotlight. Every nominee of this category could have easily won this award. Having chosen Spotlight to win this award, I can't say that I wasn't happy to see it win. It was a risky film that really brought a serious yet touchy (no pun intended) subject to light. In the wake of Mark Ruffalo not getting best supporting actor for this movie, it felt good to see Spotlight be recognized. Considering that Michael Keaton was in Birdman last year, which won best picture, maybe there's a secret? If you want to win best picture, cast Keaton!
If you feel like there was a category I should have added, let me know in the comments below! Or if you feel like ranting about the snubs of the night, feel free to leave those too! We're all film lovers here, all conversation is accepted.