Well, that’s it done and dusted for another year.  The 88th annual Academy Awards took place last night in Hollywood and there were, of course, a number of dead certs: the subject of racism and the underrepresentation of black actors dominated proceedings; Leonardo DiCaprio got the gong for Best Actor; British costume designer Jenny Beaven rocked her signature ‘biker’ look when picking up her award for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road.

There were also, however, a few surprises – Mad Max: Fury Road virtually cleaned up on the technical side taking an impressive six awards, whilst British actor Mark Rylance beat off stiff competition to take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the cold ward thriller Bridge of Spies.  The winners (and losers) can now take a few months to get their breath back, until the whole thing starts again for next year’s awards.

 

The following is the list of the winners at the 88th Academy Awards.

 

Best Picture: Spotlight

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Director:  Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant

Leading Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

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Leading Actress: Brie Larson – Room

Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

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Adapted Screenplay: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short

Original Screenplay: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant

Production Design: Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (Set Decoration) – Mad Max: Fury Road

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Film Editing: Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road

Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett – Ex Machina

Costume Design: Jenny Beavan – Mad Max: Fury Road

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

Sound Editing: Mark Mangini and David White – Mad Max: Fury Road

Sound Mixing: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Oslo – Mad Max: Fury Road

Score: Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight

Song: Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith – (Writing’s on the Wall) Spectre

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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

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Live Action Short: Stutterer

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