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Oscars 2016 recap: Mad Max wins but doesn’t

by Brandon Russell | February 29, 2016February 29, 2016 1:00 pm PDT

Leo won. He did it. We’re all happy for him. It was his sixth nomination but his first win and deserved for someone who has had such a phenomenal career. I guess all he needed to do is put himself through intense physical pain to be recognized by his peers.

Leo’s win wasn’t the only big news from last night. There was a stretch during the ceremony when Mad Max: Fury Road, which had 10 nominations, won back-to-back-to-back awards, all of them for technical achievements; things like costume design, film editing and makeup and hairstyling. Unfortunately, the film didn’t take home the night’s top prize for Best Picture. That award went to Spotlight.

It’s a little strange that Mad Max: Fury Road, having won the most Oscars last night, didn’t get recognized as 2015’s top movie (because that’s what it was), but I get it. A movie like Spotlight, which followed The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team and its investigation into cases of widespread child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests, was always going to win. If not that, then The Revenant, which by the way won Alejandro G. Ińârritu his second Oscar for Best Director in as many years, probably would have won.

Even though it wasn’t out-and-out Oscar-bait, Mad Max: Fury Road was subtle in its messages, and one of the best action movies to ever exist. If you didn’t get the opportunity to see it in theater, you missed out on one hell of an experience. Even at home, you can see how visually stunning the picture is. And even though it’s lauded for its stunts and explosions, it beautifully chucks conventions but making Furiosa its badass lead.

I digress. Other big winners on the night included Inside Out for animated feature, The Revenant for cinematography and Son of Saul for foreign language film. Check out the list below for all the winners.

Best Picture: Spotlight

Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCraprio, The Revenant

Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson, Room

Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Animated Feature Film: Inside Out

Cinematography: The Revenant

Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Directing: The Revenant

Documentary (Feature): Amy

Documentary (Short Subject): A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul

Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road

Music (Original Score): Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Music (Original Song): Sam Smith, Writing’s on the Wall, Spectre

Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Short Film (Animated): Bear Story

Short Film (Live Action): Stutterer

Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Visual Effects: Ex Machina

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short

Writing (Original Screenplay): Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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