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