88th Academy Awards Winners List And Recap

Academy Awards Winners Kellie Freeze
Image credit: ABC/Adam Taylor
Image credit: ABC/Adam Taylor

Tonight is Hollywood’s most anticipated night. When the dreams of a handful come true and for the rest, “It was an honor just to be nominated.”
Here’s a rundown of the night’s most buzzworthy events and a list of winners that I’ll update as the night goes on.

The opening montage showed clips from best, most explosive and most quotable cinematic moments from the past year. Then, Chris Rock opened the 88th Annual Academy Awards broadcast with a scathing commentary about the awards’ failure to nominate African American artists. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trended all night long and the comedian quipped, “I counted at least 15 black people in the montage!” Members of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences settled back for a well-deserved tongue-lashing. “I’m here at the Academy Awards,” joked Rock, “otherwise known as ‘The White People’s Choice Awards.’”

Image credit: ABC/Image Group LA
Image credit: ABC/Image Group LA

He mentioned that he was encouraged to boycott the night. “How come it’s only unemployed people telling you to quit?” The comedian joked that if he had boycotted the night, they would have given the hosting gig to Kevin Hart. As Hart giggled from a prime seat in the audience, Rock said, “Kev makes movies fast. Every month. Porno stars don’t make movies that fast.”

Rock also poked fun at people who showed their displeasure by boycotting. Jada Pinkett Smith was on the receiving end of many of Rock’s barbs. Rock noted that she’s currently on a TV show and without her film-star husband, she wouldn’t have been invited anyway.

“There is no reason to have ‘men’ and ‘women’ categories in acting,” he continued. “It’s not track and field; you don’t need to separate them. Robert De Niro’s never said, ‘I’m gonna have to slow this acting down so Meryl Streep could catch up.’”

“We want opportunity,” said Rock. “We want black actors getting the same opportunities. Not just one. Leo gets a great part every year … you guys get great parts every years. What about Jamie Foxx?”

Rock ended, “You want diversity? We got diversity, Please welcome Emily Blunt and somebody whiter, Charlize Theron!”

The order of this year’s awards will reflect the movie-making process, so writing awards were presented first. I will post the awards in reverse order, so the most recently presented award will be at the top of the page.

NOTE: Winner’s name in bold.

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Spotlight – Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, & Blye Pagon Faust

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE -Presented by Julianne Moore
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Academy Awards Winners
Brie Larson
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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE -Presented by Eddie Redmayne
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

DIRECTING- Presented by J.J. Abrams
The Big Short –Adam McKay
Mad Max: Fury Road –George Miller
The Revenant – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Room –Lenny Abrahamson
Spotlight –Tom McCarthy

“Earned It,”Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,”Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre –Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) Presented by Quincy Jones and Pharrell Williams
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Joe Biden pled for people to intervene when they see in non-consensual sex and take a pledge on ItsOnUs.org. The campaign’s goal is to put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Presented by Sofia Vergara and Byung-hun Lee
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Mustang (France)
Son of Saul (Hungary) -Laszlo Nemes
Theeb (Jordan)
A War (Denmark)

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) – Presented by Jacob Tremblay and Abraham Attah
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Stutterer – Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Dave Grohl performed “Blackbird” during the Academy Awards’ annual In Memoriam segment.

At the 7th Annual Governor Awards in November, Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee were granted honorary Oscars  for their prolific and notable careers. Debbie Reynolds was also awarded the Gene Hirschel Humanitarian Award for her tireless work for people with mental illnesses.

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) – Presented by Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel
Amy – Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom

Academy Awards Winners
Mark Rylance
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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – Presented by Patricia Arquette
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM – Presented by Buzz Lightyear & Woody from Toy Story
Boy and the World
Inside Out- Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) – Presented by the Minions
Bear Story -Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

The hosts of the Sci-Tech Academy Awards, Olivia Munn and Jason Segel, presented highlights from the ceremony and Munn teased, “The event is so exclusive, none of you could come.”

VISUAL EFFECTS -Presented by Andy Serkis
Ex Machina –Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Academy Awards Winners
My kids’ favorite Oscar moment.
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SOUND MIXING – Presented by BB8, R2D2, and C3PO
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road –Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SOUND EDITING – Presented by Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans
Mad Max: Fury Road- Mark Mangini and David White
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

FILM EDITING – Presented by Priyanka Chopra and Liev Schreiber
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road –Margaret Sixel
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

CINEMATOGRAPHY – Presented by Rachel McAdams and Michael B. Jordan
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant –Emmanuel Lubezki

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING – Presented by Margot Robbie and Jared Leto
Mad Max: Fury Road –Lelsey Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, Damian Martin
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

PRODUCTION DESIGN – Presented by Tina Fey and Steve Carrell
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson & Lisa Thompson
The Martian
The Revenant

COSTUME DESIGN – Presented by Cate Blanchett
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road –Jenny Beavan
The Revenant

Academy Awards Winners
Alicia Vikander
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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – Presented by J.K. Simmons
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) – Presented by Ryan Goslings and Russell Crowe
The Big Short -Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, based on the 2010 non-fiction book, The Big Shortby Michael Lewis
The Martian

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) – Presented by Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight – Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton

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