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Oscars 2016: Spotlight, The Revenant, Mad Max win big
The winners of the four main acting awards were (l-r) Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander

Oscars 2016: Spotlight, The Revenant, Mad Max win big

‘Spotlight’ won best picture, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson claimed acting honors while ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ nabbed 6 early wins

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar on Sunday for his leading role in revenge movie “The Revenant.” He had been nominated four times previously for an Oscar over a career spanning 25 years. But DiCaprio was favorite to finally take home the best actor at the 88th Academy Award this year for his grueling portrayal of a fur trapper left for dead in an icy wilderness after being mauled by a bear.

Spotlight,” the movie that recreates the Boston Globe’s probe of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, the highest honor in the film industry. The film, which took years to research, follows the journalists who in 2002 revealed that church officials had routinely covered up reports that priests had sexually assaulted dozens of children. The Boston Globe won a Pulitzer prize for its efforts.

But the real success story of the night was Mad Max: Fury Road, in which Tom Hardy took over from Mel Gibson and starred alongside a shaven-headed, one-armed Charlize Theron. The film took home an impressive six Oscars – for Sound, Sound Mixing, Hair and Makeup, Production, Film Editing and Costume Design. All in all, it was a good day for Max.

Brie Larson won the best actress Oscar on Sunday for her role as a young woman held hostage for years with a young son in the emotional thriller “Room.” It is the first Oscar and nomination for the 26-year-old Larson, who has starred in more than 45 films and television.

Brie Larson, winner of the best actress Oscar for Room

Brie Larson, winner of the best actress Oscar for Room

Inarritu, DiCaprio wins for The Revenant

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu picked up best director for The Revenant, becoming the first person in 65 years to claim back-to-back directing awards, while Room’s Brie Larson won best actress.

“Make sure for once and forever that the colour of our skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair,” the Mexican director said, urging people to liberate themselves from racial prejudices.

Leonardo DiCaprio received a long standing ovation as he claimed his Oscar for his role as a fur trapper fighting for survival, edging out Brian Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne. “The Revenant was the product of a tireless cast and crew,” he said, describing the film as a “transcendent cinematic experience” before turning his thoughts to climate change.

Alejandro G. Inarritu earned a second straight Oscar for best director for the epic survivalist thriller The Revenant while Leo DiCaprio wins Oscar for best actor for in his role in the Revenant

Alejandro G. Inarritu earned a second straight Oscar for best director for the epic survivalist thriller The Revenant while Leo DiCaprio wins Oscar for best actor for in his role in the Revenant

Spotlight wins Best Picture against the odds

“Spotlight” winning best picture took some pundits by surprise for one simple reason. It’s the first movie since 1952’s “The Greatest Show on Earth” to take best picture and win just one other category. That’s right. “Spotlight” won just two Oscars on Sunday night — best picture and original screenplay.

“Spotlight’s” victory had everything to do with the academy’s preferential voting system, which asks those casting ballots to rank the movies in order. This rewards consensus choices, movies that show up consistently in voters’ first, second or third place spots. “Spotlight” and “The Big Short” were those kinds of movies. “The Revenant,” not so much. Many people loved it; nearly as many found its brutal violence off-putting.

Team "Spotlight" accepts the best picture Oscar.

Team “Spotlight” accepts the best picture Oscar.

Mad Max cleans up with six wins

Mad Max: Fury Road was nominated for Best Picture but it didn’t win that. But what was clear, was that the Academy actually really, really liked Fury Road. The movie ran away with the technical categories, taking six awards – three more than any other film – for costume design, production design, hair and makeup, editing, sound editing and sound mixing. The costume award was won by Jenny Beavan – the woman described as a “bag lady” by host Stephen Fry at the Baftas a fortnight ago.

David White and Mark A Mangini, winners of the best sound editing award for Mad Max: Fury Road, with the actor Chris Evans (centre) Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

David White and Mark A Mangini, winners of the best sound editing award for Mad Max: Fury Road, with the actor Chris Evans (centre)

Chris Rock confronts the #OscarSoWhite controversy head on

No one was expecting the famously outspoken comedian to give the Academy an easy ride – but Rock took things a step further, making “the race issue a central” part of his show. His opening monologue set the tone: in it, he referred to the ceremony as the “White People’s Choice awards” and joked about how, back in the Fifties,“black people didn’t protest because we had real things to protest at the time… When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short.”

Chris Rock confronts the #OscarSoWhite controversy head on

Chris Rock confronts the #OscarSoWhite controversy head on

List of winners at Sunday’s 88th annual Academy Awards:

Best Picture: “Spotlight.”

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant.”

Best Actress: Brie Larson in “Room.”

Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu for “The Revenant.”

Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone for “The Hateful Eight.”

Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies.”

Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl.”

Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul.”

Adapted Screenplay: “The Big Short.”

Original Screenplay: “Spotlight.”

Animated Feature Film: “Inside Out.”

Production Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Cinematography: “The Revenant.”

Sound Mixing: “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Sound Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Original Score: “The Hateful Eight.”

Original Song: “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre.”

Costume Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Documentary Feature: “Amy.”

Documentary (short subject): “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.”

Film Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Animated Short Film: “Bear Story.”

Live Action Short Film: “Stutterer.”

Visual Effects: “Ex Machina.”

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