From the sublime to the awkward...
1) Leo crossing the finish line
Those “poor old Leo” jokes can be put to rest. Mr DiCaprio finally won Best Actor for his role in The Revenant on Sunday night. He used his speech to thank his parents – “none of this would be possible without you” – and to address his passion for tackling climate change, supporting “those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed… Let us not take this planet for granted, I do not take tonight for granted.”
2) Chris Rock’s blistering opening monologue
The Oscar host and comedian had remained quiet on the race row which has clouded the Academy Awards this year. Though he had refused to join Will Smith and Spike Lee in the Oscars boycott, in his opening monologue he delivered a blistering attack on Hollywood (and wider America)’s race issue: “This year, in the in memoriam package, it’s just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies.” Read the full speech here.
3) Leo and Kate on the red carpet (again)
Because we can never have enough Titanic reunions. We feel like they know this and they’re giving the people what they want.
4) Ali G’s comeback
Back on the promo trail for his new film Grimsby, Sacha Baron Cohen provided light relief when he took to the stage dressed as Ali G, claiming he wanted to represent all the people of colour who had not received nominations, like “Will Smith, Idris Elbow, and of course the amazing black bloke from Star Wars, Darth Vader.”
5) Poor old Sly Stallone
This year’s ‘Michael Keaton moment’ came from Sylvester Stallone, who missed out on a Best Supporting Actor award for his return to the role of Rocky Balboa in Creed (though he was beaten by the admittedly always magnificent Mark Rylance). Stallone looked like he was finding it hard to hide his disappointment… though that could just be his default expression…
6) Saoirse Ronan’s totally banging look
A lot of actresses went for plunge-front dresses at the Oscars this year, but our overall Look Of The Night goes to Irish Brooklyn nominee Saoirse Ronan for this shimmery (and very patriotic) green Calvin Klein Collection number.
7) Jenny Beavan’s no f**ks given red carpet look
Fresh from Stephen Fry’s BAFTA ‘bag lady’ comment (which was dismissed by Fry who said the two are good friends and it was meant in jest) top costume designer Jenny Beavan, who won the Oscar for Mad Max, was filmed walking past a row of male actors and directors who seemed too shocked to clap. Why were they so shocked? She was wearing trousers! And a SCARF!
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8) Sofia Vergara clapping a little too heartily at Chris Rock’s Jada Pinkett Smith dig
Rock joked that Jada Pinkett Smith refusing the attend the Oscars was like “me boycotting Rihanna’s panties… I wasn’t invited!” With cameramen roving in the audience, most actresses and actors are seasoned pros at the diplomatic “laugh-shock” face, but when the camera cut to Sofia she was clapping and cheering with a little too much gusto.
9) Leslie Jones pretending to be the bear in The Revenant
In a pre-recorded segment at the beginning of the ceremony, an #OscarsSoWhite parody was played inserting black actors into nominated films. It was Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones who stole the show in a segement where she played the bear in The Revenant. Appearing to throttle Leonardo DiCaprio, she shouted, “my agent called you twice! I called you 16 times! You should’ve called me back!”
10) The quiet underdog movie winning out
Best Picture winners can often feel a little too we-made-this-movie-for-an-Oscar showy. But Spotlight, which beat The Revenant, showed that sometimes a well acted, gimmick-free movie can be just as deserving.
Oscars 2016: The Full List of Winners
Best Picture: “Spotlight”
Direction: “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
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Actress: Brie Larson, “Room”
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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
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”