Leo DiCaprio Wins First Acting Oscar In An ‘Interesting’ 88th Academy Awards

Well, the biggest night in Hollywood took place last night and it certainly was an interesting one. I feel delighted with some results but baffled and frankly, unhappy about others…but anyway, here are my thoughts…

Best Picture – Spotlight

No one was sure what was going to win the big prize this year which is quite rare…everyone was purely speculating but I would be lying if I didn’t say Spotlight was on everyone’s minds. Personally I’d have gone with The Revenant (although the Academy may have then been blamed for favouring Innaritu films too much over the past couple of years)…but forget that, I thought The Revenant was the better film but that’s not to say I’m unhappy with this choice…it had everything the Academy likes and they gave it their highest honour.

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Leonardo DiCaprio

Do I really need to say anything, seriously. The rest of the world already has. I mean, come on, you know what I’m going to write here. All I’ll say is ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!! Incredibly happy for him…and talk about a great speech too.

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Brie Larson

This is another that I just can’t disagree with…I think everyone was pretty certain it would be Brie before the ceremony and the Academy didn’t disappoint us with this one. Huge congrats to here on winning for her first nomination…no question about this one.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Mark Rylance

Here’s the truly shocking one. I was speechless when I awoke this morning to find out Stallone hadn’t won!! Some may call it an upset or ‘an underdog overcoming the giant’ but I completely agree with Sly’s brother and what he’s had to say about it. Highly disappointing!! #OscarsSoRylance

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Alicia Vikander

This was another category that could have gone a number of ways but ultimately, I’m not unhappy with Alicia Vikander winning the award. I didn’t see The Danish Girl this awards season but I can’t deny that it’s been a phenomenal year for her…a true breakthrough capped off with this incredible award…although after her BAFTA win, I did think Kate Winslet may take it.

Best Director – Alejandro Innaritu

Something that hasn’t been done since 1950 here. The same director winning ‘Best Director’ two years running and, while in my Oscar Noms post, I did say that I thought George Miller would get it simply because maybe the Academy wouldn’t want to give it to the same guy twice in a row…but they proved me wrong. I can’t deny it’s thoroughly well deserved…an incredible film and incredible dedication went into making it…congrats Alejandro.

Best Original Screenplay – Spotlight

I stand by my choice that The Hateful Eight should have won this even though it wasn’t nominated. And when I saw that it wasn’t, I immediately thought ‘Straight Outta Compton’…but no…the #OscarsSoWhite is still very much alive with this decision. Spotlight did have a great screenplay, I can’t deny that…but was it the best of the year?? Not for me!!

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Big Short

I didn’t get to see The Big Short either this Awards season and that was mainly due to the fact that it looked like, and sounded like from reviews, a rather businessy, numbers-type film which couldn’t have appealed to me less if it tried…even with that cast. I don’t really have anything to comment on here but I didn’t call this one originally…I thought Emma Donoghue would take it for Room.

Best Animated Film – Inside Out

No question…easy category…it would have been worse than Stallone and Leo losing if Inside Out hadn’t have won…a fantastic film. Another great speech too by Pete Docter.

Best Cinematography – The Revenant

Anoter Oscar for Emmanuel Lubezki. The man’s going to have to buy a bigger shelf. That’s 3 straight cinematography Oscars and yes, while I do think it’s deserved, could we not have seen some love for Fury Road in these bigger categories?? But well done Emmanuel…can he keep this streak up??

Best Original Score – Ennio Morricone

*tears* Ennio Morricone. One of the true great cinema composers finally wins his first competitive Oscar (he holds an honorary one already). To me and many others, his music is a big part of what film is to us and I couldn’t be happier to see the legend win this one. The Hateful Eight really does have an amazing score.

Best Visual Effects – Ex Machina

Seriously?? They had something against Mad Max in these major categories. Although the argument can be made that Ex Machina had it’s stunning effects created on a much lower budget and that’s probably what swayed the decision. Congrats to Ex Machina on winning one…it did deserve one but this one was either Mad Max or Force Awakens for me…or am I falling too in love with blockbusters??

Other Winners – 

Best Foreign Language Film – Son of Saul

Best Original Song – Writings On The Wall (Spectre)

Best Documentary Feature – Amy

Best Costume Design – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Live Action Short – Stutterer

Best Sound Mixing – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Animated Short – Bear Story

Best Editing – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Production Design – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Editing – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Makeup – Mad Max: Fury Road

That’s all that over with for another year…there has been some truly great films this year which I’m sure will go down in memory for years and decades to come!!

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