Leonardo DiCaprio had the audience’s ear when he won his first Oscar after five nominations. And he gave America an earful about trying to save the Earth from global warming. After accepting his Oscar for best actor DiCaprio called for action to save the earth. He declared that “climate change is real” and “is happening right now.” He says it’s time to stop procrastinating and work together. DiCaprio was considered a lock to win the best actor nod and he ended up winning the award. He said that just as he doesn’t take his Oscar for granted, people shouldn’t take the planet for granted.
The movie “Spotlight” won one of the first prizes of the night, best adapted screenplay and the last and biggest of the night: best motion picture. The movie chronicles the efforts of The Boston Globe to expose the sex abuses in the Roman Catholic Church. Speaking to reporters backstage, the winners noted that the win should stand as a testament to how journalists who do their jobs properly can bring about changes in society. Canadian Actress Rachel McAdams was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.
Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has won an Academy Award for best short documentary.
The 37-year-old director claimed her second career Oscar for “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.”
These are the winners of the 88th annual Academy Awards.
Best Picture: “Spotlight”
Direction: “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Actress: Brie Larson, “Room”
Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Adapted Screenplay: “The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Original Screenplay: “Spotlight,” Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Cinematography: “The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki
Production Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (set decoration)
Film Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel
Visual Effects: “Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Costume Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan
Makeup: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
Sound Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White
Sound Mixing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Score: “The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone
Song: “Writing’s on the Wall,” from “Spectre,” Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul” (Hungary)
Animated Feature: “Inside Out”
Documentary Feature: “Amy”
Animated Short: “Bear Story”
Documentary Short: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
Live Action Short: “Stutterer”
(With files from Canadian Press)