February 28, 2016 8:19 pm
Updated: February 29, 2016 1:53 pm

Oscars 2016 winners list: ‘Spotlight,’ ‘The Revenant,’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ win top awards

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The Academy Awards, normally decorous and predictable, were charged with enough politics and uncertainty to rival an election debate.

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The night’s top honour, best picture, was considered one of the most hard-to-call categories. Tom McCarthy’s newsroom drama Spotlight ended up winning the best picture of the year. Mad Max: Fury Road took home multiple Oscars in a landslide of visual-effect victories, though sci-fi film Ex Machina took home the award for Best Visual Effects in a surprise win.

Leonardo DiCaprio, who appeared to be a shoo-in to land his first Academy Award in his fifth nomination, took home the Best Actor Oscar. Brie Larson, as predicted by most critics, won Best Actress for her work in The RoomThe Revenant and Birdman director Inarritu won back-to-back Oscars for directing, which is only the third time that’s happened in Academy Awards history.

Mark Rylance pulled off a shocking win in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in Bridge of Spies, winning the award over expected favourite Sylvester Stallone for Creed. Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, as was expected.

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After a second straight year of all-white acting nominees prompted industry-wide scrutiny, viewers and stars alike hung on the words of host Chris Rock, who definitely addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

(The winners list is below, and will be updated as the ceremony goes on. The 88th Annual Academy Awards broadcast live on Feb. 28, 2016 starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.)

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Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
WINNER: Spotlight

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Carol
WINNER: Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saorise Ronan, Brooklyn

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Best Actor
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
WINNER: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
WINNER: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

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Adam Mckay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
WINNER: Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Film Editing
The Big Short
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent
WINNER: Son of Saul
A War

Original Score
Bridge of Spies
WINNER: The Hateful Eight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Production Design
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

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Visual Effects
WINNER: Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Adapted Screenplay
WINNER: The Big Short
The Martian

Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
WINNER: Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

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Animated Feature Film
Boy and the World
WINNER: Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marley Was There

The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
WINNER: The Revenant


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Costume Design
The Danish Girl
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Documentary Feature
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Documentary Short Subject
Body Team 12
Chau Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann
WINNER: A Girl in the River
Last Day of Freedom

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Makeup and Hairstyling
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Original Song
Earned It, Fifty Shades of Grey
Til It Happens To You, The Hunting Ground
WINNER: Writings On The Wall, Spectre
Manta Ray, Racing Extinction
Simple Song 3, Youth

Animated Short Film
WINNER: Bear Story
Sanjay’s Superteam
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Live Action Short Film
Ava Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
WINNER: Stutterer

Sound Editing
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sound Mixing
Bridge of Spies
WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

With files from The Associated Press

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