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Leonardo DiCaprio finally received a much anticipated Oscar for Best Actor in the movie The Revenant last night, at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony.
Although Leo is 41 and has been nominated five times previously, this is actually the first time he has won an Oscar. While he collected his award, he delivered a speech about climate change.
The audience reacted well to the news and Leo received a standing ovation.
The Revenant also won two other awards for Best Director (Alejandro G Inarritu) and Best Cinematography.
Alicia Vikander was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl and Mark Rylance took home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Bridge of Spies. This was the first time both actors had been nominated for an Academy Award.
The competition for Best Picture was high as The Revenant was the favorite, although after Mad Max had won awards in 6 categories many started to think the prestigious Best Picture may go to the post-apocalyptic film. At the end of the night it was Spotlight that received the statuette.
The ceremony was hosted by comedian Chris Rock — who is a filmmaker himself — despite rumors he may boycott the ceremony due to the lack of ethnic diversity issue.
Chris confronted the issue in his opening monologue and with various comments throughout the night including, “You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job?”.
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The prestigious red carpet ceremony took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Many of the women looked stunning in their designer gowns, particularly Brie Larson who was wearing a navy Gucci gown as she excitedly accepted her award for Best Actress from Eddie Redmayne.
This is the first nomination and Oscar that Brie has received. It was awarded for her role of Joy ‘Ma’ Newsome in Room.
Despite its popularity at the Box Office, Star Wars: The Force Awakens surprisingly didn’t take any statues. Robots C3-PO, BB8 and R2-D2 did take to the stage though and 9-year old Room actor Jacob Tremblay was captivated by them posting this picture on Instagram with a caption that read, “My new squad! #squadgoals.”
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Another surprise was that The Martian, nominated in seven categories, didn’t win any awards. Mad Max: Fury Road took the most, a total of six, including Best Editing, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
Although Lady Gaga gave a powerful performance of “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground, Sam Smith took the Best Original Song statue for “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre. He dedicated his award to the LGBT community around the world after saying he “couldn’t breathe”. He later described himself as “a proud, gay man” to applause.
Other Oscar winners included Spotlight for Best Original Screenplay, Inside Out for Best Animated Feature Film, and Son of Saul for Best Foreign Language Film.
What were your favorite Oscar moments?