The 2016 Academy Awards have come and gone, and despite some brouhaha over the color palette of the nominees, everything went as it ought. This year’s nominations included a lot of genre films, and one of them (Mad Max: Fury Road) delivered mightily. There were some big snubs, too. Sylvester Stallone missed out, again, on an Oscar nod for what might be his last turn as Rocky Balboa. Oh well, maybe Rambo will get a shot someday.
Anyway, here are winners.
Mad Max: Fury Road and Matt Damon’s The Martian were nominated, along with Leonardo DiCaprio’s bear-loving The Revenant and Tom Hanks’ Bridge of Spies, but the winner turned out to be Spotlight, the movie about the uncovering of the Catholic priest sex scandal in 2001.
Damon was nominated for The Martian, along with Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) but the winner was DiCaprio, who has mastered the art of shivering.
Cate Blanchett (Carol), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), and Saoirse Ronan (Brookyn) all lost to a girl named after cheese, Brie Larson (Room).
Best Supporting Actor:
Stallone was flat out robbed by Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies). Other victims of the theft included Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant), and Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight).
Best Supporting Actress
Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) were nominated. Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) won.
Best Animated Feature
Pixar’s Inside Out, of course.
The Revenant also took home Best Cinematography and Best Director.
Mad Max: Fury Road won almost all the technical awards: Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. The only place it was bested was in the Best Visual Effects category, where sexy techno-thriller Ex-Machina took home the Oscar.
The Hateful Eight picked up the only Non-Quentin Tarantino award out there to grab, Best Music Score. Sam Smith’s worst-Bond-song-ever, “The Writing’s On the Wall” from Spectre won Best Music Original Song.
Rounding out the wins, Spotlight grabbed Best Original Screenplay, and The Big Short got Best Adapted Screenplay.
What do you think? How’d they do? Who (besides Sly) got snubbed the hardest? Do you agree with Jaime Foxx that the reason more black actors and actresses didn’t get nominated was because they just weren’t as good this year? Does anyone actually care about race when a collection of rich white guys vote for their favorite coworkers? Let us know in the comments below.