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'Spotlight' Wins The Oscar For Best Picture At 2016 Academy Awards

The cast and crew of Spotlight accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
The cast and crew of Spotlight accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Spotlight won the coveted Oscar for best picture when the 88th Academy Awards were handed out Sunday night in Hollywood, upsetting The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road, which entered the night with 12 and 10 nominations, respectively.

Mad Max: Fury Road just about swept the early categories, winning seven Oscars, but The Revenant also took two of the top awards. Alejandro González Iñárritu won the prize for best director, giving him his second consecutive Oscar, and Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for best actor in a leading role, his first.

Brie Larson won her first Oscar, taking the award for best leading actress, for her role in Room. Best supporting actress went to Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl, and best supporting actor was won by Mark Rylance for his role in Bridge of Spies.


Our Pop Culture Happy Hour team of Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Bob Mondello live-tweeted all the proceedings — from the red carpet to host Chris Rock's opening monologue, until the last winner was called.

Our crew tweeted using the hashtag #NPROscars and we also retweeted some of your contributions, as well. You can review right here on Twitter.

This year's event is not without some controversy. When the nominations were announced on Jan. 14, several media outlets reported a lack of diversity among the nominees. Some celebrities even called for viewers to boycott Sunday's airing of the Academy Awards, and the overall outrage over the exclusion of people of color got the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter.

These reactions ultimately led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make modifications to its voting process and declare, "The Board's goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020."

Host Chris Rock didn't shy away from commenting on the issue in his opening monologue. He joked that the Oscars are otherwise known as "The White People Choice Awards" and said that if hosts were nominated he won't have got the job, that it would have instead gone to Neil Patrick Harris.


In the list below, we've marked the winners in each category, in bold.



The Big ShortBridge of SpiesBrooklynMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantRoomSpotlight

Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston, TrumboMatt Damon, The MartianLeonardo DiCaprio, The RevenantMichael Fassbender, Steve JobsEddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Actress in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett, CarolBrie Larson, RoomJennifer Lawrence, JoyCharlotte Rampling, 45 YearsSaoirse Ronan, Brooklyn


Adam McKay, The Big ShortGeorge Miller, Mad Max: Fury RoadAlejandro González Iñárritu, The RevenantLenny Abrahamson, RoomTom McCarthy, Spotlight

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale, The Big ShortTom Hardy, The RevenantMark Ruffalo, SpotlightMark Rylance, Bridge of SpiesSylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful EightRooney Mara, CarolRachel McAdams, SpotlightAlicia Vikander, The Danish GirlKate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Animated Feature Film

AnomalisaBoy and the WorldInside OutShaun the Sheep MovieWhen Marnie Was There


CarolThe Hateful EightMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantSicario

Costume Design

CarolCinderellaThe Danish GirlMad Max: Fury RoadThe Revenant

Documentary (Feature)

AmyCartel LandThe Look of SilenceWhat Happened, Miss Simone?Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Documentary (Short Subject)

Body Team 12Chau, beyond the LinesClaude Lanzmann: Spectres of the ShoahA Girl in the River: The Price of ForgivenessLast Day of Freedom

Film Editing

The Big ShortMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantSpotlightStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the SerpentMustangSon of SaulTheebA War

Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury RoadThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed outthe Window and DisappearedThe Revenant

Original Score

Bridge of SpiesCarolThe Hateful EightSicarioStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Original Song

"Earned It," Fifty Shades of Grey"Manta Ray," Racing Extinction"Simple Song #3," Youth"Til It Happens To You," The Hunting Ground"Writing's On The Wall," Spectre

Production Design

Bridge of SpiesThe Danish GirlMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe Revenant

Short Film (Animated)

Bear StoryPrologueSanjay's Super TeamWe Can't Live without CosmosWorld of Tomorrow

Short Film (Live-Action)

Ave MariaDay OneEverything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)ShokStutterer

Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantSicarioStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Sound Mixing

Bridge of SpiesMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Visual Effects

Ex MachinaMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Big ShortBrooklynCarolThe MartianRoom

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Bridge of SpiesEx MachinaInside OutSpotlightStraight Outta Compton

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