The Oscars have been a hefty affair since many years and shall continue to be. As a celebration of cinematic talent from all around the globe, the Oscars hold an unquestionable reputation. Conducted every year by the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences, the Oscars have set a benchmark for performance in the world of cinema.
The 2016 edition of the awards turned out to be a mixed bag of surprises and predictable outcomes. With the diversity issue making rounds well ahead of the event, there were many speculations about the success of the event. We will be listing down the winners and some highlights of the event which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood district of Los Angeles.
The show had to deal with the biggest hurdle- the controversy surrounding lesser nominations for colored actors and actresses in this year. The show kick started with the display of a video montage depicting the year 2015 in film. The host Chris Rock made a convincing entry and hinted amicably that he counted around 15 black people in the montage.
All Hail the Winners…
- Spotlight jumped right into action with the first award of the evening going to it. The award for Best Original Screenplay was given to Spotlight, directed by Tom McCarthy which covered the issue of child abuse in Catholic churches as reported by the Boston Globe.
- The Best Adapted Screenplay was grabbed by ‘The Big Short’. Director Adam McKay addressed the current election and said that if people don’t want the government to be controlled by billionaires then the people shouldn’t vote for any candidate who relies on money from financial stalwarts or billionaires.
- The next award of the evening went to Alicia Vikander for her act in ‘The Danish Girl’ which deals with the first ever case of gender transformation. This came as the first Oscar for Alicia and it turns out this was her first nomination.
- Mad Max went on a complete rampage with six awards in its kitty. Mad Max won awards for the Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
- History was created by Emanuel Lubezki who scored his third consecutive Oscar with ‘The Revenant’ for Best Cinematography. This Oscar came for Emanuel after ‘Gravity’ and ‘Birdman’.
- Best Visual Effects was the crown of the team of ‘Ex Machina’.
- In the Best Animated Short category, Chilean movie ‘Bear Story’ marked a win and the Oscar for the Best Animated feature went to Disney Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’. This was Disney Pixar’s respite from the dry run at the Oscars they had since ‘Brave’ in 2012.
- Mark Rylance spoiled the wishes of Sylvester Stallone who had hoped for landing up an Oscar finally for portraying Rocky Balboa. Mark won the Best Supporting Actor award for the war drama ‘Bridge of Spies’.
- Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s depiction of honor killings in Pakistan- ‘A Girl in the River’ won the Best Documentary Short.
- The Best Documentary Feature went into the hands of Asif Kapadia and James Gay- Rees for ‘Amy’.
- Best Live Action Short was the privilege of ‘Stutterer’.
- Laszlo Nemes clicked at the Best Foreign Language Film for his holocaust drama ‘Son of Saul’.
- Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ bagged the Best Original Song award while legendary composer Ennio Morricone won the prestigious academy award for Best Original Score in ‘The Hateful Eight’.
- ‘The Revenant’ director Alessandro Gonzalez Innaritu impressed everyone with his second consecutive Oscar after ‘Birdman’ in the Best Director category.
- The race for the academy award for the Best Actress was studded with powerful performances and big names. However, Brie Larson swept the competition to take home an Oscar for ‘Room’.
- The Oscars 2016 saw Leonardo Di Caprio’s first acceptance speech as he won the Best Actor award for ‘The Revenant’.
- The evening concluded with ‘Spotlight’ bagging the top prize- the Best Film.
- The Oscars 2016 saw not only a flurry of awards for Mad Max and the first ever Oscar for Leonardo Di Capriobut also a few light hearted hints at the ongoing ‘diversity’ issue at the Oscars.
- The host Chris Rock emerged competent enough to tackle the issue with humor alongside preserving the fabric of balance.
- His suggestion of 15 people in the introductory montage invited laughs all around the Dolby Theatre.
- Chris Rock equally mocked the other side of the controversy by referring to the Oscars as ‘the White People’s Choice Awards’.
- Rock’s jibe at Jada Pinkett Smith was overwhelmingly hilarious as he said, “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.”
- Continuing with the hilarious side, Rock went on to make some potentially risky statements such as the In Memoriam montage of this year would feature black people shot down by cops while they were on their way to the movies.
- Rock also said that black people were more concerned with issues such as lynching and rapes rather than the Best Cinematographer award in the 1960s.
- Chris was accompanied in his comic exploits by Whoopi Goldberg, Leslie Jones and Stacey Dash.
- An interesting montage depicting this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Film with the above said actors superimposing some characters in the original films made everyone laugh.
- ‘Thank you’ speeches were limited and sounded a lot meaningful this year.
- Winners responded to issues such as the ongoing elections, environmental pollution, child abuse and sexual abuse.