Spotlight, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson Big Winners At The 2016 Oscars

Leonardo DiCaprio poses backstage with the Oscar® for Performance by an actor in a Leading role, for work on “The Revenant” during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

The 2016 Oscars have come and gone, and like usual there were a few surprises, some long-due recognition and a couple of things you didn’t think you’d ever see or hear on TV. From Spotlight, to Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson, here are the top highlights of the night.

Going into the Oscars everyone thought The Revenant was going to take home the big prize, and when director Alejandro González Iñárritu won his second Oscar in as many years earlier in the night it seemed to be a forgone conclusion that it would win Best Picture. It wasn’t meant to be however, as Spotlight took the trophy. With The Revenant, Spotlight and The Big Short took home all the trophies on the way to the Oscars, everyone knew one of them was bound to win the Oscar as well, but most people were predicting The Revenant.

The fifth nomination proved to be the charm, as Leonardo DiCaprio finally won Tinsletown’s biggest prize for his role in The Revenant. He’d won everything he had been nominated for going into the night so it wasn’t a big surprise, still, people waited with baited breath to see if his name was printed on the golden envelope. Leo didn’t disappoint with his speech either, telling people that we shouldn’t take our planet for granted, all while becoming the most Tweeted Oscar related topic of all time. Take that Ellen Selfie.

Brie Larson was expected to take home the Best Actress trophy for her role in the Canadian production Room, and she did. She beat out previous Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as veteran actress Charlotte Rampling and Irish lass Saoirse Ronan. She seemed shocked to be taking him the award as she thanked the Academy, her co-star Jacob Tremblay, and her real life partner Alex Greenwald.

Chris Rock did a great job hosting the Oscars this year, but some of his jokes caused a bit of a social media stir. Of course it wasn’t unexpected that he would cause a controversy, after all he has always been known to speak his mind. One has to wonder though if there will be any backlash from those he decided to pick on, such as the absent Will Smith.

The movie with the most wins last night was Mad Max: Fury Road, winning six in total including production design, sound editing, sound mixing, makeup and hairstyling, and costume design. It also won Best Editing, which is an award that typically goes to the Best Picture winner.

Among the snubs of the evening were Sylvester Stallone who was favoured to win Best Supporting actor, yet lost to Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance. This was the second time Stallone had been nominated for playing Rocky, and most thought he would pick up the award this year. It wasn’t meant to be however. Last year’s biggest hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens was also snubbed, losing all five categories it was nominated in.

Photo: Phil McCarten / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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