Movie News: The 88th Academy Awards Results

By Mark Saldana


As the old adage goes, “The show must go on.” And the awards show honoring 2015’s achievements in motion picture arts and sciences did go on, amidst controversy regarding a lack of diversity among this year’s nominees.  This issue led to the boycott by some actors and filmmakers, including Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith.  This didn’t deter comedian Chris Rock from hosting the ceremony, and in fact, gave him loads of material for his comedy.  During the show, Rock often made jokes about the issue, but at the same time did acknowledge some validity of the complaints.

His humor mostly worked well to diffuse the awkwardness of the controversy.  However, a few jokes and gags fell flat and only added to the uneasiness of the situation (the bizarre appearance of Stacey Dash). Ellen Degeneres may have taken selfies and ordered pizza while hosting the Oscars, but Chris Rock helped his daughter and her friends sell Girl Scout cookies to the audience, raising 65, 000 dollars.  So, despite the “elephant in the room”, things went mostly smoothly and the audience had the opportunity to snack on tasty cookies and raise money for a worthy cause.

I have to say that Rock did an outstanding job for the most part.  It has been quite a while since I have seen Rock perform stand-up, so I had forgotten what a talented comedian he is.  Rock did well by keeping his jokes fairly clean, but intelligently offered his critique of the issues surrounding racial discrimination which still seems to be lingering around, despite the advancements the human race has made as a whole.

As far as the winners are concerned, Spotlight took the night’s highest honor, while Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first gold statuette. Mad Max: Fury Road won a great share of technical awards and Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the Best Director Award for a second year in a row.  The Academy Awards signals the end of the film awards season for 2015.  2016 may have already begun, but cinephiles may have to wait until the fall and winter to see any major awards contenders to make their impressions for next year.

Here is a complete list of all the Oscar winners:

Best Picture: Spotlight

Direction:  Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

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 Marti

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


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