After five previous misses, Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar for his grunting, gruff performance in Alejandro Inarritu’s The Revenant at Oscars 2016 on Monday. “Climate change is real,” said DiCaprio. “It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. ... Let us not take our planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.” Inarritu also won the Best Director award for the film. It is his second win in a row.
In an underdog win for a movie about an underdog profession, the newspaper drama Spotlight took Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, where remarks on lack of diversity in Hollywood dominated proceedings. Tom McCarthy’s film about the Boston Globe’s investigative reporting on sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests won over the favoured frontier epic, The Revenant. The well-crafted procedural, led by a strong ensemble cast, had lagged in the lead-up to the Oscars, losing ground to the flashier filmmaking of Inarritu’s film.
Best Actress went to Brie Larson, the 26-year-old breakout of the mother-son captive drama Room.
Meanwhile, India couldn’t get enough of Priyanka Chopra walking the Oscar red carpet and giving away the Oscar for Best Film Editing. The award went to Mad Max Fury Road which won a record number of Oscars.
10.32 am: With that, we bring the curtains down on Oscars 2016.
10.30 am: The Oscar for Best Picture goes to Spotlight. Unexpected but so deserved.
10. 27 am: Leonardo DiCaprio thanks ‘brother’ Tom Hardy, Alejandro G Inarritu, Chivo for success, says “he will not take tonight for granted”.
10.22 am: Yaay, six-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won THAT Oscar for The Revenant. The curse is done. Break open some champagne.
10.18 am: The Oscar for Best Actress goes to Brie Larson for Room. Justly deserved, extremely compelling performance.
10.10 am: Inarritu for winning the Best Director Oscar: “Leo you are The Revenant. Thanks for giving the film your soul, your heart. Thanks Tom Hardy, thanks Chivo... This is for my father.” He goes on beyond the allotted time limit.
10.06 am: The big award is here. The Oscar for Best Director goes to Alejandro G Inarritu for The Revenant. This is his second Oscar in a row.
9.56 am: The Oscar for Best Original Song goes to Sam Smith for Spectre.
9.50 am: The Oscar for Best Original Score goes to the great Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight. The composer gets a standing ovation.
9.46 am: Lady Gaga’s spirited performance at the Oscars.
9.40 am: US Vice-President Joe Biden takes the Oscar stage to plead the cause of young men and women abused on university campuses.
9.37 am: The Oscar for Best Foreign Film goes to Son of Saul from Hungary.
9.32 am: The cutest pair of Oscar presenters just walked onstage. Welcome Jacob Tremblay.
9.26 am: In memoriam, the Academy pays respect to actors, filmmakers, cine celebs who died last year.
9.20 am: It is time to count how much money you can raise selling Girl Scout cookies to a bunch of millionaires at Oscars 2016. The answer is $60, 243. Surprised much?
9.14 am: Asif Kapadia wins the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for Amy.
9.10 am: “This is what happens when determined women get together,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy says as she thanks“men who champion women”.
9.08 am: The Oscar for Best Documentary Short goes to A Girl in the River (Pakistan). As Louis CK says the winner of this award will not make a dime off it unlike others who came to Oscars winners and will go back millionaires.
9.03 am: Mark Rylance on his supporting actor win (Bridge of Spies), “If you think acting with Tom Hanks helps, this is the answer. It is a wonderful time to be an actor.”
9 am: The Best Actor in Supporting Role goes to Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies. Sylvester Stallone fails to make it.
8.59 am: Black people have some very interesting things to say about #OscarsSoWhite.
8.42 am: The Best Animated Feature Oscar will be presented by Buzz Lightyear and Woody and it goes to Inside Out. We and Joy are very happy.
8.40 am: The Oscar for Best Animated Short goes to Bear Story.
8.37 am: The next award will be presented by... The Minions.
8.34 am: C3PO, let us hear for him.
8.27: Academy you may run as many Oscar scrolls as you want, people will still start their speech with thanks.
8.27 am: The Oscar for Best Visual Effects goes to Ex Machina. This is the film’s first Oscar.
8.22 am: The Oscar for Best Sound Mixing goes to, again again, Mad Max Fury Road. This is their sixth win.
8.19 am: The Oscar for Best Sound Editing goes to, yes again, Mad Max Fury Road.
8.10: The Oscar for Best Editing goes to Margaret Sixel for Mad Max Fury Road.
8.09 am: Priyanka Chopra presents Oscar for Best Editing along with Liev Schrieber.
8.07 am: The Oscar for Best Cinematography goes to Emmanuel Lubezki. This is his third Oscar win in a row.
7.57 am: The Oscar for achievement in makeup and hair styling goes to Mad max: Fury Road.
7.53 am: The Oscar for Best Production Design goes to Colin Gibson for Mad Max: Fury Road.
7.51 am: The Oscar for Best Costume Design goes to Jenny Beavan for Mad Max: Fury Road.
7.50 am: Cate Blanchett is here to present the Oscar for Best Costume Design...
7.40:The Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role goes to Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl.
7.35 am: Sam Smith performs James Bond theme song from Spectre. And he’s good!
7.30 am: What if black actors starred in best picture nominees? Hilarity! Chris Rock shows us that protests come in all forms with a sketch starring black actors in The martian, Danish Girl and Joy. Tracy Morgan as Danish Girl was the best ever.
7.20 am: The Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for The Big Short.
7.18 am: The Oscar for Best Original Screenplay goes to Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy for Spotlight. McCarthy on children being sexually abused by priests of Catholic church, “We have to make sure this never happens again.”
7.15 am: Chris Rock goes again, “Race is not the only issue at Oscars today. You can’t ask women what they are wearing, you gotta #AskHerMore. This is not sexism, it is because all men are wearing the same thing. If George Clooney showed up in a lime green suit with a swan coming out of his *ss, someone will ask, ‘what are you wearing George?’”
7.10 am: “If you need black nominations, you need to have black categories. Like the best black friend,” Chris Rock pummels the elephant in the room.
7. 02 am: Host Chris Rock calls Oscars, “White people choice award. If they nominated Oscar host, you will be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.” He deals with diversity row, head on.
7am: And with that, Oscars 2016 is live. The Revenant, Spotlight, Room, The Martian, Joy, Inside Out and Mad Max; Fury Road are just some of the big films on which the jury will have its say.
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