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Oscars 2016: red carpet highlights

The stars of the film world lit up the red carpet at the 2016 Oscars last night, dazzling in gorgeous gowns and dapper suits. Catch the highlights from the night here.

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Oscars 2016: Chris Rock’s opening monologue best bits

Oscars host Chris Rock did not shy away from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in his opening monologue at the 88th Academy Awards, speaking out about the racism of the film industry, and the outcry about the lack of diversity among this years nominees. Watch the highlights from Rock’s speech right here.

Two big wins for the Irish at 2016 Oscars

“Every day is a proud day to be Irish, but today more so than usual!”

Ireland secured not one, but two Oscars last night! Best Actress went to Brie Larson for her role in Room, directed by Dubliner Lenny Abrahamson, written by Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue. Best Short Film went to Stutterer, written, directed, and edited by Irish filmmaker Ben Cleary. Stutterer is a powerfully emotive piece, telling the story of a typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice who learns to face his greatest fear. Cleary gave a rousing acceptance speech, saying “Every day is a a proud day to be Irish, but today more so than usual… Slainte!”.

Lenny Abrahamson and Ben Cleary

This year was a trailblazing year for Irish films, with a whopping nine nominations for Irish projects. Room and Brooklyn were both recognised in the category for Best Picture, Abrahamson was nominated for Best Director, and Donoghue for Best Adapted Screenplay, for which Nick Hornby was also in the running for Brooklyn. Saoirse Ronan was up for Best Actress for her role in Brooklyn, dazzling at the event in emerald green, while Michael Fassbender was nominated for Best Actor for Steve Jobs.

Saoirse Ronan Oscars

President Michael D. Higgins praised the recognition Irish work earned at the Oscars, saying the high number of nominations was a “tribute to the Irish film industry” and that “it is now accepted internationally that Ireland has an accomplished film industry, providing a great return from the investment in film –  made over recent decades – through highly skilled jobs and an enhanced international reputation”.

Oscars Winners 2016

Spotlight surpasses all to scoop up Best Picture, and Leo finally gets that Oscar!

The biggest movie event of the year took place last night, and the 88th Academy Awards held more than a few surprises. Leo finally won his Oscar for Best Actor, much deserved for his powerful performance in The Revenant, for which Alejandro G. Inarritu won Best Director, but Best Picture did not go to the grizzly adventure thriller, but to Spotlight. The cast and crew took to the stage amid rapturous applause to accept the award for this very important film, telling the true story of a group of Boston journalists who uncovered widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, and producer Michael Sugar spoke out about the message of the film, stating “this film gave a voice to survivors, and this film amplifies that voice, which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican”. Spotlight also won for Best Original Screenplay.

SpotlightThe big winner of the night came as a shock to many but was undoubtedly deserving of such esteemed recognition, as Mad Max: Fury Road took home a whopping six awards, three more than any other film, scooping up a bundle of technical awards, including Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Make-up and Hair.

Although Ireland was well represented at the event, with Brooklyn nominated for Best Picture, its star Saoirse Ronan up for Best Actress, Michael Fassbender in the running for Best Actor for Steve Jobs, and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room included in a number of categories, including Best Director and Best Picture, none of these nominations transformed into golden statuettes. Brie Larson did, however, win Best Actress for her outstanding role in Abrahamson’s Room. Stutterer, written, directed, and edited by Irish filmmaker Benjamin Cleary, won Best Short Film, ending his acceptance speech with “Every day is a proud day to be Irish, but today even more so… Slainte!”.

Brie Larson Oscars

As well as honouring the achievements of movie stars over the last year, the show, far from merely being a glitz and glam affair, addressed a number of serious issues. Host Chris Rock immediately spoke out about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, calling the Oscars the White Peoples’ Choice Awards. Rock made the outcry over the lack of diversity in the nominations a key part of the night, with most of his monologue and talk between awards focused on this injustice. Stating “You’re damn right, Hollywood’s racist”, Rock went on to explain that Hollywood is plagued by a different kind of racism than what people are accustomed to, saying Hollywood is “sorority racist”. He got to the heart of the issue when Rock stated that all that was being asked was for equal opportunities for minorities to be able showcase their talent too.

Chris Rock Oscars

Lady Gaga also make good use of her time on stage, giving a stirring performance of her Oscar nominated song Til It Happens To You, written for documentary The Hunting Ground, which tackles the issue of widespread sexual abuse on U.S college campuses. Gaga was joined on stage by 50 survivors of sexual assault, with commentators describing it as the moment that won the Oscars. However, the award for Best Original Song went instead to Writing’s On The Wall from Spectre.

A night of surprising and not so surprising wins, a night which shined a light on numerous issues which need to be addressed, and a night that will surely dominate headlines for the coming days, the 2016 Oscars was a night to remember.

For a full list of winners please see below.

Best picture

The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Bridge of Spies
SPOTLIGHT – WINNER!
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best director

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
ALEJANDO GONZALEZ INARRITU, THE REVENANT – WINNER!
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Best actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol
BRIE LARSON, ROOM – WINNER! [BOOK NOW]
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best actor

Matt Damon, The Martian
LEONARDO DICAPRIO, THE REVENANT – WINNER! 
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Best supporting actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
MARK RYLANCE, BRIDGE OF SPIES – WINNER!
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best supporting actress

ALICIA VIKANDER, THE DANISH GIRL – WINNER!
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best original screenplay

SPOTLIGHT – WINNER!
Straight Outta Compton
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out

Best adapted screenplay

THE BIG SHORT – WINNER!
The Martian
Room
Brooklyn
Carol

Best costume design

Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The Revenant

Best production design

Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The Martian
The Revenant

Best make-up and hair

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best cinematography

Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
THE REVENANT – WINNER! 
Sicario

Best editing

The Big Short
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best sound editing

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best sound mixing

Bridge of Spies
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best visual effects

EX MACHINA – WINNER!
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best animated short

BEAR STORY – WINNER!
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Leave Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Best animated film

Anomalisa
Boy and the World
INSIDE OUT – WINNER!
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best short documentary

Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS – WINNER!
Last Day of Freedom

Best documentary

AMY – WINNER!
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best short film

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
Shok
STUTTERER – WINNER!

Best foreign language film

Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
SON OF SAUL – WINNER!
Theeb
A War

Best original score

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell, Carol
ENNIO MORRICONE, THE HATEFUL EIGHT – WINNER!
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best 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 – WINNER!

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