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Monday, February 29, 2016

And the Oscar goes to... Spotlight


Dear Spotlight, it was you all along. We had fun with all these momentary flings with The Revenant and The Big Short, but we were always meant to come back to our one true love.
As you surely know by now, Spotlight won the top prize in an eventful Oscar ceremony, which featured its fair share of upsets, topical humor and a lot of Mad Max: Fury Road. Indeed, George Miller's action extravaganza took home a whopping 6 statues, compared to Spotlight's paltry pair of wins for Picture and Screenplay. The main talking points on film twitter however, were Leo DiCaprio's win for Best Actor (capped by a wonderful speech) and the shocking surprises of Mark Rylance beating Sylvester Stallone and "Writings on the Wall" topping "Til It Happens To You", especially after Lady Gaga's powerful performance. But hey, you win some, you lose some. I certainly didn't do much winning with my predictions, putting up my worst showing yet (17 out of 24 correct). Maybe next year I'll finally get that elusive 100% score.
Until then, I'm looking forward to another great year for film, hopefully with more diversity (yes, I had to stick that in there). Here are your Oscar winners for 2015:

Best Picture
Spotlight

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Actress
Brie Larson, Room

Best Supporting Actor
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short

Best Original Screenplay
Spotlight

Best Animated Feature
Inside Out

Best Foreign Language Film
Son of Saul

Best Documentary Feature
Amy

Best Original Score
The Hateful Eight

Best Original Song
"Writing's On The Wall", Spectre

Best Production Design
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Cinematography
The Revenant

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Costume Design
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Visual Effects
Ex Machina

Best Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Mixing
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Documentary Short
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Best Animated Short
Bear Story

Best Live Action Short
Stutterer

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