The Winners and Best Moments of the 2016 Oscars

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar.

Because let’s be honest: you didn’t come here to find out if Eva von Bahr won for ‘Best Makeup’. (No disrespect; and she did not).

Indeed, Leo was crowned film’s top prize for his portrayal of American frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant. It is his first Academy Award from six nominations and will greatly deplete the Oscars’ meme potential for years to come.

Much to your surprise, you may be interested to know that there are other talented individuals who were recognized for their outstanding work over the last year. Here are last night’s other big winners:

Best picture

“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Spotlight” (WINNER)

Best actor

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant” (WINNER)
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Best actress
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room” (WINNER)
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Best supporting actor

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies” (WINNER)
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best supporting actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl” (WINNER)
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best director

“The Big Short,” Adam McKay
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” George Miller
“The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu (WINNER)
“Room,” Lenny Abrahamson
“Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy

Best original screenplay

“Bridge of Spies,” by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
“Ex Machina,” by Alex Garland
“Inside Out,” by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen
“Spotlight,” by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy (WINNER)
“Straight Outta Compton,” by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Best adapted screenplay

“The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (WINNER)
“Brooklyn,” Nick Hornby
“Carol,” Phyllis Nagy
“The Martian,” Drew Goddard
“Room,” Emma Donoghue

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 foreign-language film

“Embrace of the Serpent,” Colombia
“Mustang,” France
“Son of Saul,” Hungary (WINNER)
“Theeb,” Jordan
“A War,” Denmark

After that, Mad Max: Fury Road pretty much cleaned up. Just look at this…

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As with any major awards show, most of the excitement stems from the Hollywood hoopla that accompanies the trophy presentation, of which there was plenty last night.

Here are a few of our favourite moments from the 88th Academy Awards…

Chris Rock’s Race-Heavy Monologue

Can’t say we didn’t see it coming. Chris Rock kicked off his ‘White People’s Choice Awards’ monologue by saying, “if they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job. So y’all be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.”

Stick around for the joke about Rihanna’s panties:

Leonardo DiCaprio, Eco Warrior

After a lengthy list of thank-yous, Leo got serious about climate change and used his acceptance speech to urge action on environmental sustainability and call out big polluters and greedy corporations. It was especially moving for Kate Winslet, who was brought to tears by former lover Jack Dawson’s expression…

Lady Gaga’s Powerful Performance

For the second time in less than a month, Lady Gaga showcased her musical talent with a powerful performance of ‘Til it Happens to You’, a song about the taboo of sexual abuse. Her performance finished with dozens of survivors of sexual abuse joining her on stage.

“Pain is temporary, film is forever.”

The words of Alejandro González Iñárritu, who won ‘Best Director’ for the second year in a row (The Revenant) after winning for Birdman last year.

Universal Cringe

In one of his few jokes that fell flat, Chris Rock called Stacey Dash onto the stage to ironically announce ‘Happy Black History Month’. No one laughed, and it was awkward as hell. Dash, of course, is the former Clueless actress who recently denounced Black History Month for reasons that pass understanding.