Had to take a little nap after the telecast was over, but here’s the list of last night’s Academy Awards winners. And also some observations from yours truly:
First, the big winner (in volume) was “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Let that sink in for a while; a “Mad Max”-film – fourth in the franchise – sweeped most of the technical awards, ending up with six. I’d would’ve loved for it to actually sweep ALL the aards it was nominated for, but “The Revenant” was a tough act to compete with.
Second – anyone else think that Louis CK should host next year? His announcement of the Best documentary short was some seriously funny stuff.
Third – lots of politics this year. Some of it justified – some not. (but isn’t that the case every year, really?)
Fourth; Ennio Morricone’s win put a tear in my eye. That was probably the most emotional moment of the show. Long overdue, that one.
Fifth: the “Best Cinematography” might as well be changed into the “Emmanuel Lubezki-award”. Don’t get me wrong – it was well-deserved, but Roger Deakins must be planning to kidnap Lubezki and keep him hidden in some isolated location for a year so he can’t work right about now.
Sixth: Adam McKay – the Oscar-winner. Show of hands – who would’ve guessed that 10 years ago?
Best Picture: Spotlight
Actor in a Lead Role: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Actress in a Lead Role: Brie Larson, Room
Directing: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Original Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Original Song: “Writings on the Wall,” Spectre, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Best Foreign Language Film: Hungary, Son of Saul
Live Action Short Film: Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
Documentary Feature: Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
Documentary Short Subject: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Animated Feature Film: Inside Out, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
Animated Short Film: Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Visual Effects: Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White
Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
Cinematography: The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki
Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan
Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Original Screenplay: Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy