Chris Rock, 2016 Oscars

2016 Oscar Winners and Recap of the Wildest Show in Recent Memory


Chris Rock, 2016 Oscars

Anyone who wondered if Chris Rock was going to address the controversy surrounding the lack of minority nominees in his second, turn as Oscar host, had about six seconds to wonder.  Rock, in a monologue so strong that it reminded everyone why he’s the best stand-up comedian today, absolutely blasted the Academy, the boycott, racism in general and did it all in such a wise and hysterical way that I don’t think anyone else could have.  In fact, the first half of the show was pretty much The Chris Rock Variety Show With a Special Focus on Race….and it was (with a few exceptions) pretty brilliant.  Before we get to the actual awards, which were every bit as bizarre as the rest of the night, here’s Rock’s monologue:

Spotlight, Michael Keaton, Liev Schrieber, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo

I was thrilled to see Spotlight take home Best Picture.  I thought it was the most socially relevant and important picture made this year.  Twenty years from now, Spotlight will still  be an important film and that’s the sort of film that should win the highest award.  The film also won Best Original Screenplay.  That was it.  Two awards for the Best Picture-winning film.  I can’t find confirmation (let me know if you do), but I think that’s the fewest wins by a Best Picture in the 88 years of the Academy Awards.

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Best Actor trophy in his sixth attempt for pre-show favorite The Revenant.  The film’s director Alejandro Inarritu also won Best Director for the second consecutive year, and the film’s cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, won for the THIRD consecutive year (Revenant, Birdman, Gravity).  Those were the only trophies for The Revenant though.

Tom Hardy, Mad Max, Mad Max Fury Road

The first part of the show was dominated by Mad Max: Fury Road, which won the most trophies with six and looked like it might sweep the night.  No other film won more than one award.  Star Wars was shut out, but Spectre won an Oscar (I won’t let that go soon).  The other acting awards went justly to Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander (though she should have won for Ex Machina not The Danish Girl).  It was probably the most entertaining show as a viewer that I’ve seen in 20 plus years of Oscar watching.  Even the awards that I usually snooze through were a delight thanks to one of the evening’s best moments from presenter Louis CK, handing out the Documentary Short Subject:

I wish John Williams could have won for Score, but I didn’t realize Ennio Morricone never had, and that’s an injustice.  To be fair to the maestro, he did get a special acknowledgement for his 50 lifetime nominations.  Here’s a full list of the winners courtesy of Deadline.

Best Picture

Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Actress

Brie Larson, Room

Best Directing

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant,

Best Original Song

“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best Original Score

The Hateful Eight
Ennio Morricone

Best Foreign Language Film

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Live Action Short Film
Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armtiage

Best Documentary Feature
Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Best Documentary Short Subject

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Best Supporting Actor

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Animated Feature Film

Inside Out
Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Best Animated Short Film

Bear Story
Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina
Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Best Sound Mixing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Mark Mangini and David White

Best Film Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Margaret Sixel

Best Cinematography

The Revenant
Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road
Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Best Production Design

Mad Max: Fury Road
Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

Best Costume Design

Mad Max: Fury Road
Jenny Beavan

Best Supporting Actress

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short
Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Best Original Screenplay

Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

3 thoughts on “2016 Oscar Winners and Recap of the Wildest Show in Recent Memory”

  1. Funny, bizarre, over-the-top, sometimes tasteless (in a good way).. tonight, Chris Rock helped accomplish what Seth Macfarlane, David Letterman and Hugh Jackman could not. The broadcast was entertaining from start to finish, and none of the winners left a bad taste in my mouth.

    Just so you know, the animated short film that won was a fascinating (if depressing) piece that would have deserved to win hands-down if “The World of Tomorrow” had not been on the ballot.


    1. Best Song was a travesty; giving it to that screeching piece of crap from Spectre when the Academy had clearly set up a meaningful moment with Gaga. I don’t like that song either but at least it’s got a point. All credit to Chris Rock though for hosting during the most difficult year since 9/11 and not only being on-topic, but entertaining. Louis CK’s introduction of documentary short feature may be my favorite presenter bit ever.


      1. Okay, ONE award left a bad taste in my mouth. That song from Spectre was the worst piece of music I heard in theaters this year. It did set the tone for what was to come. What a disappointment that movie was.

        Speaking of music, I know you were pulling for John Williams, but I felt his score for TFA leaned too heavily on his previous SW themes, and was not his best work, or deserving of an Oscar. I don’t mean to knock the guy; he’s a living legend, the best composer in the history of film, and possibly the greatest composer of our time. And he pretty much wrote the soundtrack to my childhood. He’s got music in him yet; there will be at least a few other chances, and he will write worthier scores.

        From now on, producers of awards shows need to study Sunday’s broadcast. Of course the show was handed a gift by all the controversy, which was something that could not be planned, and won’t be easy to duplicate in the future. But Chris Rock was on fire. Maybe the acadamy could start organizing the shows around themes, to give things coherence and focus. Louis CK’s speech was indeed amazing, and I hope everyone involved was paying attention. Every year the show begins to really lose steam during the short subject awards, and the short documentary category is the absolute nadir. Give people a reason to watch, because no one has seen those films, and most people could care less about them. Give people a reason to watch!!!!!


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