The Pinnacle of the Awards Season: The Oscars

The pinnacle of the entertainment industry’s awards season took place on Sunday night- just in case you didn’t know. That’s right you’ve probably been treated to a waterfall of after-party gossip, critics’ opinions of actor, comedian and host of the 88th Academy Awards, Chris Rock’s speech addressing the #Oscarssowhite controversy and debate if the right acting and film crew legends won this year’s coveted trophies, cascading down your social media feeds.

Just in case you haven’t heard already Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won his much anticipated Oscar. After stellar performances in challenging films pushing him to his limits- like The Reverent, which secured him Best Actor in a Leading Role this year, to powerful portrayals in The Wolf of Wall Street, and the clever twisty tales of, Inception and Shutter Island, DiCaptio has flourished since his role as heart throb Jack in classic Titanic. You’d seriously struggle to find someone who didn’t think he deserved an Oscar, especially after six nominations. After receiving a long overdue standing ovation, he used his all important slot for his acceptance speech to highlight environmental issues (I’m just impressed he managed to rein in his urge to jump up and joy after all this time- which, I’m not going to lie, would be my reaction).

But DiCaprio wasn’t the only news and actor present at the glitzy star studded event that got recognised for impressive acting feats. Even though I haven’t seen the film yet, I’ve no doubt Brie Larson is well deserving of bagging herself Best Actress in Leading Role for her role in the Room. I mean how do you even begin to play a role in which your character is kidnapped and held captive in one room for seven years and raped repeatedly, then raising a child in those conditions?! Amazing, really. The fact that Spotlight, tackling the moving heavy weight and taboo subject of child abuse by Catholic priests, exposed in real life by the Boston Globe, made me realize why I love film- this wonderful and dynamic fusion of sound and visual power and potential has the capacity to confront issues that are often brushed under the carpet or ignored in other arenas of life, as well as being entertaining.

Speaking of confronting issues, Chris Rock certainly didn’t shy away from the Hollywood racial debate/controversy, which I explored a few weeks ago here. I’m biased as I’m already a fan of Chris Rock and his humour, though he did push it a bit with jokes about Asians and child labour. He made the point though, of, although it doesn’t make it right this ‘sorority racism’ as he dubbed it, that Hollywood is rife with, blacks have and did have in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries more important things to protest about on equality than not being nominated for best actor. He also highlighted how technically, if we separate categories of awards by gender (Best Actor, Best Actress), surely we should separate them into Best Black Actor, Best White Actor, Best Asian Actor, which of course we would never do, just saying.

In case you missed the ones that came top in other categories here’s the full list of  the 2016 winners of The Oscars:

Best Picture: Spotlight (Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers)

Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) 

Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson (Room)

Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Animated Feature Film: Inside Out (Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera)

Cinematorgraphy: The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Costume Design: Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Directing: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)

Documentary (Feature): Amy (Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees)

Documentary (Short): A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy)

Film Editing: Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (Hungary; Directed by László Nemes)

Make-up and Hairstyling:  Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin (Mad Max: Fury Road

Music (Original Score): Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight

Music (Original Song): “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre (Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Napes).

Production Design: Colin Gibson (Production Design) and Lisa Thompson (Set Decoration) Mad Max: Fury Road 

Short Film Animated: Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala (Bear Story)

Short Film Live Action: Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage (Stutterer)

Sound Editing: Mark Mangini and David White (Mad Max: Fury Road

Sound Mixing: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo (Mad Max: Fury Road) 

Visual Effects:  Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett (Ex Machina

Writing Adapted: Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (The Big Short

Writing Original: Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy (Spotlight

If you would like to know how a nominee journeys from being selected as a nominee, to an official nominee to winning click here to get the process explained.

Do you think Sylvester Stallone should have won Best Supporting Actor for his trademark role as Rocky Balboa in Creed instead of Mark Rylance who bagged the award instead for his portrayal in Spielberg’s drama/thriller Bridge Of Spies? What’s your take on the #Oscarssowhite controversy? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook!