OSCARS 2016: The Full List Of Winners

We watched The Oscars so you didn’t have to. Here’s a Summary of who took home the precious golden gongs this year.

Mad Max: Fury Road deserves a special mention as the largely Australian crew picked up a number of technical awards. Despite the Aussie domination, George Miller and Cate Blanchett were overlooked in their respective categories.

The Winners:

Film Editing

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Margaret Sixel

Sound Mixing

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

Sound Editing

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Mark Mangini and David White

Production Design 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Colin Gibson (Production Design); Lisa Thompson (Set Decoration)

Makeup and Hair Styling 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Writing (Original Screenplay) 

Spotlight

Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Big Short

Written by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Visual Effects

EX MACHINA

Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Short Film (Live Action)

STUTTERER

Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Short Film (Animated)

BEAR STORY

Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Music (Original Score)

“WRITING’S ON THE WALL” FROM SPECTRE

Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Foreign Language Film Nominee

SON OF SAUL

Hungary; Directed by László Nemes

Documentary (Short Subject) 

A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Documentary Feature 

AMY

Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

The Documentary team behind Amy won an Academy award previously for their documentary Senna about race car driver Ayrton Senna. Both Senna and Amy utilise stock media footage and home video recordings with no formal commentary or voiceover. The effect in both cases is a chilling and intimate portrait of a celebrity dogged by personal demons. Amy was one of my favourite films of the year and I’m glad to see it take home a well deserved oscar.

Directing 

The Revenant

Alejandro G. Iñárritu

When asked about the harsh filming conditions Alejandro stated “If we ended up in green screen with coffee and everybody having a good time, everybody will be happy, but most likely the film would be a piece of shit.” Well, maybe. The fact that Alejandro convinced a bunch of people to come on board for such an unforgiving project and the very fact that most of the still seem to be talking to him is probably worth an oscar in itself. DiCaprio, who I’m sure will have nothing but praise for the film now that he has his shiny gold statue, recalled that the actors often little to no sense of what was trying to be achieved on set. The

They rehearsed all day and shot for very brief periods of time when the light was right in the evening.

Costume Design

Mad Max: Fury Road

Jenny Beavan

Cinematography

The Revenant

Emmanuel Lubezki

Second win in a row for Emmanuel who picked up the award last year for Bird Man. Both films utilise long takes and have an extremely distinctive visual style.

Animated Feature Film

Inside Out (Dreamworks)

I cried.

Actress in a Supporting Role 

Alicia Vikander

The Danish Girl

Alicia Vikander has risen through the ranks extremely quickly. She was captivating in Ex Machina last year as a mysterious cyborg, Ava. On the surface of it, Eddie Redmayne had the more awardable role so it speaks volumes that Vikander’s is the performance everyone is talking about.

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mark Rylance

Bridge of Spies

Mark Rylance has been called the greatest English theatre actor of his generation however he rarely appears in film, preferring to stick to the stage.

His performance in Bridge of Spies is compelling to watch. His pacing is slow and he has such patience with the dialogue that from time to time you almost feel compelled to ask him to hurry up. But these traits work, especially when paired with Tom Hanks as the efficient, straight talking American Lawyer. The scenes that they are in together are particularly enjoyable to watch. Hopefully Spielberg can coax him back to cinema soon.

Actress in a Leading Role 

Brie Larson

Room

I was very happy to see Brie Larson taking home the Best Actress Oscar. She is one of the many award recipients who, being a relative unknown before staring in Room, will benefit hugely from the accolade. The film is largely a two hander between Brie Larson and her son played by Jacob Tremblay, who is also obscenely good. However,  Larson carries the emotional weight of the film with an honest stoicism that looks deceptively natural. She is one of those people that effortlessly commands attention on screen.

Actor in a Leading Role 

Leonardo “It’s About Time” DiCaprio

The Revenant

So, he got it. We can all move on with our lives. DiCaprio was tipped as a shoe-in for the Best Actor Award months ago and the punters were right. It turns out all you have to do for an Oscar is spend a year in the freezing cold wilderness of Canada and Argentina. Sign me up.

Best Picture 

Spotlight

Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Proof that when push comes to shove a quality script and compelling story trump all else in Hollywood. There were prettier looking films, no doubt. Spotlight was almost televisual in its presentation, the lighting was stark and the sets bland. In fact, visually, the film has no distinct style at all. This was, as many have argued, a deliberate choice on the part of the filmmakers to allow the plot to dominate the audiences attention. A bold decision that has undoubtedly paid off.