2016 Oscars 88th Academy Awards

2016 Oscars 88th Academy Awards

  • Winners were announced on February 28, 2016
  • The ceremony took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, a venue that has been associated with the Oscars for many years
  • Chris Rock hosted, making it his second time; his previous hosting gig was in 2005
  • Films released in 2015 were eligible for nominations and awards
  • Noteworthy Moments: Spotlight won Best Picture against strong contenders like The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road; Leonardo DiCaprio finally received an Oscar for Best Actor after many nominations over the years; the #OscarsSoWhite controversy was a prominent topic throughout the ceremony due to the absence of diverse nominees
  • Trivia:
    1. Mad Max: Fury Road won the most awards of the evening, securing six Oscars primarily in technical categories such as Costume Design and Film Editing
    2. Brie Larson received Best Actress for Room, a film that explored the life of a kidnapped woman and her son living in captivity
    3. The ceremony featured a Girl Scout cookie sale led by host Chris Rock to raise funds for his daughters’ troop, garnering both laughter and participation from the audience
    4. Lady Gaga performed “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground, a documentary about campus rape; the performance was introduced by Vice President Joe Biden and included sexual assault survivors on stage
    5. Inside Out continued Pixar’s successful streak by winning Best Animated Feature, further solidifying the studio’s reputation for quality animation

2016 Oscar Nominees and Winners

Best Picture:
Spotlight – Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust (WINNER)
The Big Short – Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger
Brooklyn – Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Mad Max: Fury Road – Doug Mitchell and George Miller
The Martian – Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam
The Revenant – Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon
Room – Ed Guiney
Best Director:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant (WINNER)
Adam McKay – The Big Short
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
Best Actor:
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant as Hugh Glass (WINNER)
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian as Mark Watney
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe
Best Actress:
Brie Larson – Room as Joy “Ma” Newsome (WINNER)
Cate Blanchett – Carol as Carol Aird
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy as Joy Mangano
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years as Kate Mercer
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey
Best Supporting Actor:
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel (WINNER)
Christian Bale – The Big Short as Michael Burry
Tom Hardy – The Revenant as John Fitzgerald
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight as Michael Rezendes
Sylvester Stallone – Creed as Rocky Balboa
Best Supporting Actress:
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener (WINNER)
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight as Daisy Domergue
Rooney Mara – Carol as Therese Belivet
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight as Sacha Pfeiffer
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman
Best Original Screenplay:
Spotlight – Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (WINNER)
Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Ex Machina – Alex Garland
Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen
Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff
Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Big Short – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph based on the book by Michael Lewis (WINNER)
Brooklyn – Nick Hornby based on the novel by Colm Tóibín
Carol – Phyllis Nagy based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
The Martian – Drew Goddard based on the novel by Andy Weir
Room – Emma Donoghue based on her novel
Best Animated Feature Film:
Inside Out – Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (WINNER)
Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
Boy and the World – Alê Abreu
Shaun the Sheep Movie – Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
When Marnie Was There – Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura
Best Foreign Language Film:
Son of Saul (Hungary) in Hungarian – Directed by László Nemes (WINNER)
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia) in Spanish – Directed by Ciro Guerra
Mustang (France) in Turkish – Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Theeb (Jordan) in Arabic – Directed by Naji Abu Nowar
A War (Denmark) in Danish – Directed by Tobias Lindholm
Best Documentary – Feature:
Amy – Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees (WINNER)
Cartel Land – Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
What Happened, Miss Simone? – Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom – Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor
Best Documentary – Short Subject:
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (WINNER)
Body Team 12 – David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the Lines – Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – Adam Benzine
Last Day of Freedom – Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Best Live Action Short Film:
Stutterer – Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage (WINNER)
Ave Maria – Eric Dupont and Basil Khalil
Day One – Henry Hughes
Everything Will Be Okay – Patrick Vollrath
Shok – Jamie Donoughue
Best Animated Short Film:
Bear Story – Pato Escala and Gabriel Osorio (WINNER)
Prologue – Imogen Sutton and Richard Williams
Sanjay’s Super Team – Nicole Grindle and Sanjay Patel
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos – Konstantin Bronzit
World of Tomorrow – Don Hertzfeldt
Best Original Score:
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone (WINNER)
Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman
Carol – Carter Burwell
Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams
Best Original Song:
“Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre – Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith (WINNER)
“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey – Music and Lyrics by Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason “Daheala” Quenneville and Abel Tesfaye
“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction – Music by J. Ralph; Lyrics by Anohni
“Simple Song #3” from Youth – Music and Lyrics by David Lang
“Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground – Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren
Best Sound Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road – Mark A. Mangini and David White (WINNER)
The Martian – Oliver Tarney
The Revenant – Martin Hernández and Lon Bender
Sicario – Alan Robert Murray
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Matthew Wood and David Acord
Best Sound Mixing:
Mad Max: Fury Road – Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo (WINNER)
Bridge of Spies – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
The Martian – Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
The Revenant – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
Best Production Design:
Mad Max: Fury Road – Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson (WINNER)
Bridge of Spies – Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
The Danish Girl – Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
The Martian – Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
The Revenant – Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy
Best Cinematography:
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki (WINNER)
Carol – Edward Lachman
The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
Sicario – Roger Deakins

Best Makeup: and Hairstyling:

Mad Max: Fury Road – Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin (WINNER)
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
The Revenant – Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini
Best Costume Design:
Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan (WINNER)
Carol – Sandy Powell
Cinderella – Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
The Revenant – Jacqueline West
Best Film Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel (WINNER)
The Big Short – Hank Corwin
The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight – Tom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Best Visual Effects:
Ex Machina – Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris and Andrew Whitehurst (WINNER)
Mad Max: Fury Road – Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams and Tom Wood
The Martian – Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Richard Stammers and Steven Warner
The Revenant – Rich McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach and Neal Scanlan
Academy Honorary Awards:
Spike Lee
Gena Rowlands
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:
Debbie Reynolds