And thus concludes another award season. Here’s a recap of the evening and the full list of winners:

#OscarsSoWhite was the star of the evening

Host Chris Rock squeezed the #OscarsSoWhite theme for all it was worth throughout the show, starting with the opening monologue and clips and quips in between categories including this gem:

Even how the presenters during the evening were selected seem all to make a statement about the Academy’s commitment to diversity. Kudos for their efforts so far and we can only hope more people of color are nominated next year.

Memorable moments, including some WTFs

Having Chris Rock as host was the surefire way to get great laughs. Take this bit where he goes to a “movie theater as far away from Holywood as possible, in Compton”:

But nothing got people talking as much as that bit where Rock introduces the Oscars new “director of the minority outreach program”, Stacey Dash.
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Those who don’t know who this nitwit is, she’s Clueless actress turned Fox News political commentator. The entire audience , and world’s reaction was summed up by none other than our own Chrissy Teigen
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But not all moments were funny or cringeworthy. A couple of beautiful and emotional moments worth mentioning, like the In Memoriam with Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl singing Blackbird

Received by a standing ovation, Vicepresident of the United States Joe Biden introduces Lady Gaga’s Oscar nominated song “Till it Happens to You”, but not before delivering a strong message: “Take the pledge, a pledge that says I will intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given. Let’s change the culture. We must and we can change the culture so that no abused woman or man like the survivors you will see tonight ever have to ask themselves ‘what did I do?’ They did nothing wrong. I really mean this.”
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Lady Gaga performed a powerful rendition of her nominated song (from the movie The Hunting Ground) surrounded by all of these survivors
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The Winners

The big winner of the night was, surprisingly, Mad Max Fury Road who nabbed all the “technical” awards (6 in total). The Revenant got 3 awards including director and of course, Leading Actor, but not Best Picture. The latter went to Spotlight who other that the coveted award also got Original Screenplay. Full list of winners below:

  • Best Picture: Spotlight
  • Directing: Alejandro G. Iñarritu – The Revenant
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo Dicaprio – The Revenant
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larsson – Room
  • Original Screenplay: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  • Adapted Screenplay: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay – The Big Short
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  • Animated Feature: Inside Out
  • Animated Short: Bear Story
  • Documentary Feature: Amy
  • Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
  • Live Action Short: Stutterer
  • Original Score: Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight
  • Original Song: Writing’s on the Wall, Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes – Specter
  • Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst – Ex Machina
  • Costume Design: Jenny Beavan – Mad Max Fury Road
  • Makeup: Lesley Vanderwalt, Damien Martin, Elka Wardega – Mad Max Fury Road
  • Cinematography: Alexander Lubezki – The Revenant
  • Sound Editing: David White, Max Mangini – Mad Max Fury Road
  • Sound Mixing: Gregg Rudolph, Chris Jenkins, Ben Osmo – Mad Max Fury Road
  • Production Design: Lisa Thompson, Colin Gibson – Mad Max Fury Road
  • Film Editing: Margaret Sixel – Mad Max Fury Road
  • Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (Hungary)

And there you have it! Till next year and for now, I’m off to take a nap!

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