The Academy Awards: The lowdown

The biggest film award ceremony of the year has passed once again. But who were the biggest winners and losers? And more importantly, did the winners deserve the title? Here we tell you who won (not that you don’t already know) alongside a rundown of our own would-be winners for each category

7th March 2016

Best Actor/Actress

Winners: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant/Brie Larson for Room

Simon Ramshaw: Paul Dano for Love & Mercy/Cate Blanchett for Carol

Emma Allsopp: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant/Brie Larson for Room

Jordan Oloman: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant/ Brie Larson for Room

Zoe Godden: Matt Damon for The Martian (to spite his Departed co-star)/Anyone but Jennifer Lawrence

Rhian Hunter: Leonardo Di Caprio for The Revenant/Cate Blanchett for Carol

Best Supporting Actor/Actress

Winners: Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies/Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl

Simon Ramshaw: Ralph Fiennes for A Bigger Splash/Tilda Swinton for A Bigger Splash

Emma Allsopp: Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight/Marion Cotillard for Macbeth

Jordan Oloman: Tom Hardy for The Revenant/ Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs

Zoe Godden:  Is still bitter about Idris Elba and Benicio Del Toro getting snubbed/Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs

Rhian Hunter: Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight/Rooney Mara for Carol

Best Picture

Winner: Spotlight

Simon Ramshaw: Mad Max: Fury Road

Emma Allsopp: Mad Max: Fury Road

Jordan Oloman: Mad Max: Fury Road

Zoe Godden:  If Fury Road could get it, that would be greeeeeeat

Rhian Hunter: Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Director

Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant

Simon Ramshaw: George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road

Emma Allsopp: George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road

Jordan Oloman: Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant

Zoe Godden: Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant

Rhian Hunter: Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant

Best Animated Film

Winner: Inside Out

Simon Ramshaw: Anomalisa

Emma Allsopp: Inside Out

Jordan Oloman: Inside Out

Zoe Godden: Inside Out

Rhian Hunter: Inside Out

Best Cinematography

WinnerThe Revenant

Simon Ramshaw: Macbeth

Emma Allsopp: Macbeth

Jordan Oloman: Mad Max: Fury Road

Zoe Godden: Sicario

Rhian Hunter: Macbeth

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: Son of Saul

Simon Ramshaw: The Dance of Reality

Emma Allsopp: The Tribe

Jordan Oloman: Embrace of the Serpent

Zoe Godden: When Marnie Was There

Rhian Hunter: Wild Tales

Best Adapted/Original Screenplay

Winners: The Big Short/Spotlight

Simon Ramshaw: Carol/Ex Machina

Emma Allsopp: Room/Ex Machina

Jordan Oloman: The Martian/Ex Machina

Zoe Godden: Leonardo’s acceptance speech

Rhian Hunter: Room/Ex Machina

A critical look at this year's Oscars

My fantasy picks mainly go with those who were nominated, but I was most aggrieved to see Macbeth being unfairly snubbed. What a travesty!

Even though I wanted Mad Max to win Best Picture I was most definitely fine with Spotlight taking the top spot. It was a genuinely moving film with awesome performances all around so put me down as satisfied (I’m also glad it beat The Revenant because who doesn’t love surprises?). I was overjoyed to find out Leo had finally won, what a great day. Looking through those nominated I think he was truly the most deserving and he climbed inside a dead animal so give him a break. I was backing Brie Larson from the very moment I saw Room so I was absolutely overjoyed to find out she had triumphed, what a beautiful and deserving performance. I was hugely disappointed with the winners for the supporting categories as I thought Mark Ruffalo was definitely going to get one this year for his staggering performance in Spotlight, but that was not the case. For the supporting actress I still believe Marion Cotillard should have won for Macbeth, but she wasn’t even nominated. This year has been a mixed bag for me, but I am happy for the big winners.

Emma Allsopp

My dream Oscar wish-list is pretty hipster as is, but Hell’s bells, this year’s Oscar winners were essentially the polar opposite of what I wanted.

When I found out I lived in a world where a Mad Max movie had been nominated for Best Picture, the world felt like a better place. But, deep down, I knew it was a tease, and they wouldn’t crown ‘The Greatest Action Movie Ever Made™’ with what it deserved. Spotlight took Mad Max’s rightful place at the top (which I’m very mildly okay with, because yay for us journalists, right?), but it was Alejandro González Iñárritu snatching Best Director that really got my goat. That being said, Brie Larson’s Room win was well-deserved, and even though I thought Blanchett gave a better performance by a hair, she’s had a total of two Leading wins already, so it’s clearly Brie’s time to shine. As for Mark Rylance’s gong for EXTREME WHITE-KNUCKLE ACTING in the otherwise glacial Bridge of Spies, I don’t have any enough words to express my discontent.

Simon Ramshaw

Usually, I pretty much disagree with every winner. But this year wasn’t too bad - although Carol not even getting a look into any of its nominated categories was an absolute travesty.

Mad Max: Fury Road got almost everything it deserved, but a snub in the soundtrack category was just baffling - and Lady Gaga’s overlooked  ballad ‘Til it Happens to You should have won Best Original Song over Sam Smith’s sub-par Bond theme. But with more and more outstanding films being nominated in the main categories, realistically the winners are never going to be exactly who we want them to be. The Academy voters have been embroiled in controversy this year for the lack of diversity among the nominees, and there are plenty of films that were overlooked - Beasts of No Nation, Creed, Straight Outta Compton - but considering how strong this year’s candidates were, the actual results have turned out pretty much as I expected them to.

Rhian Hunter

What a night! I was pretty happy with the results here, to be honest.

I didn’t care for Mark Rylance, or Bridge of Spies in general really, so to see Tom Hardy get snubbed there was annoying. I really enjoyed Ex Machina and Inside Out, and was glad they got the recognition they deserved. I thought George Miller really deserved Best Director though, after spending a tremendous amount of time trying to get Fury Road made. But none of that matters, because the man of the night, and professional tear in my heart Leonardo DiCaprio finally got the golden statue that he should have had way back in 1993 when he played Arnie Grape. If I was the president of the Academy, the awards would have their own section solely for ‘Best Leonardo DiCaprio Performance’ which he would win every year, but that’s just me. Like, have you seen Romeo + Juliet? Jesus.

Jordan Oloman

If there’s anything to take away from the 88th Academy Awards, it’s that marginalised groups need a platform.

From Kevin Hart and Chris Rock addressing Black Lives Matter, to Lady Gaga sending a powerful message about consent and sexual assault, and yes, Leo dedicating his acceptance speech to climate change and how it affects indigenous societies, this year’s Oscars were not about who won, but rather, who’s winning globally, and how we can tackle this. Of course, there’s the supposed ‘shock’ of Spotlight taking Best Picture from The Revenant (the Academy don’t like awarding people consecutively), and somehow Sam Smith won for that god-awful Bond theme, but ultimately viewers tuned into something not just about obsessing over J-Law’s bob. It’s an event that showcases progress, highlighting the talents of the world’s most diverse auteurs, giving them a voice. So perhaps stop celebrating that Fury Road dominated the technical categories, and instead see what the film represents for our journey to become an intersectional society.

Zoe Godden

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