It was another year of glitz and glamour on the red carpet as Hollywood’s biggest names gathered for the 88th Academy Awards.
Spotlight, the Tom McCarthy film about a team of Boston investigative journalists that uncovered systemic sexual abuse in the Catholic Church took home the night’s top prize of Best Picture, along with best original screenplay.
Of course, the historical epic didn’t go home empty handed. Alejandro González Iñárritu took home the Best Director Oscar for The Revenant, which was filmed in extreme conditions and at opposite ends of the globe.
Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home Best Actor for his part in the film – his first Oscar despite four previous nominations.
And Mad Max: Fury Road, not your usual Oscar fare cleaned up in a number of technical categories including editing, production design, and hair and makeup.
Scroll down to see a full list of winners from this year’s show.
Film and politics
But while fancy gowns, tuxedos, and fabulous hairstyles were on display as usual, this year the event was tinged with a little more politics than usual.
That’s owing to the lack of diversity among nominees, which spawned a backlash culminating in the the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag.The outcry was so big that the Academy revised it’s membership criteria to try and boost diversity.
But with Chris Rock hosting – a black standup comedian who has never pulled his punches, the question on everyone’s lips was ‘what will he say?’
Rock didn’t disappoint.
Rock wasn’t the only one to get political tonight.
Leonardo DiCaprio, in accepting his speech pointed out that 2015 was the hottest year on record for the planet earth, noting that The Reventant’s film crew had to fly to South America to find snow to shoot. “Climate change is real,” he told the crowd, “it is happening right now it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species.”
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) February 29, 2016
Sam Smith, too came with a message. In accepting his award for The Writing’s on the Wall from Spectre, Smith dedicated his award to the LGBT community.
“I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world. I stand here as a proud gay man.”
Fun and games
But it wasn’t all politics, there were plenty of moments of levity – like when B.C. born Room actor Jacob Trembley took the stage.
— Pret-a-Reporter (@pretareporter) February 29, 2016
And while Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shut out of the hardware tonight… that didn’t stop it from sending a little hardware of its own, in an echo of 1978’s awards.
— Getty Images VIP (@GettyVIP) February 29, 2016
But while the Oscars might be all about Hollywood – that didn’t stop some Vancouverites from using it as a reason to party. Crowds gathered at the Rio Theatre in East Vancouver tonight to catch a screening of the big show.
“It’s the Superbowl of Hollywood!”
Alex Chisom is the events coordinator at the Rio.
And it’s a packed house for their 5th annual free Oscar party where they show the ceremony on the big screen.
“The stars, the spectacle, the gowns, the movies and the good times.”
Most people were anticipating a big win for 5-time nominee Leonardo DiCaprio.
“Leonardo DiCaprio needs to get this one! He needs his first Oscar…”
DiCaprio won his first nomination 22 years ago. Tonight, he is nominated for The Revenant, which leads tonight’s nominations.
— Rio Theatre (@RioTheatre) February 28, 2016
Hollywood success story
And there was another Vancouver story in tonight’s Oscars – a hard fought journey from drug addiction to the Academy Awards. Designer Heidi Smith was in Los Angeles tonight showcasing her talent at one of the Acadamy Awards official events. Smith started Addictive Designs, a boutique that specializes in t-shirts emblazoned with the slogans that helped her out of her own addiction.
“You know I felt a lot of guilt and shame around, and I just want people to know that people can get honest about their position in life, and their mental state, their recovery or their addiction.”
She’s been showcasing her t-shirts at the Celebrity Oscar Gift Lounge, an exclusive trade fair for Hollywood insiders, and she says the response has been positive.
“One thing I did notice when I was talking to the actors yesterday is that they actually got it before I did, they’re like ‘we’re all recovering from something’, and I thought that was really neat.”
The Oscars have long served as an important promotional stop for fashion designers.
— Addictive Designs (@recoveryfashion) February 16, 2016
Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room
Best Actor: Leonardo Dicaprio, The Revenant
Best director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Writing (original): Spotlight
Writing (adapted): The Big Short
Cinematography: The Revenant
Original Song: Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes, The Writing’s On The Wall (Spectre)
Original Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Animated Feature: Inside Out
Visual Effects: Ex Machina
Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road
Animated Short: Bear Story
Short Film: Stutterer
Documentary Short: Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness