Sunday night’s 88th Academy Awards had its share of surprises, including a surprise winner in the biggest category of the night as “Spotlight” claimed Best Picture over the pre-ceremony favorite, “The Revenant.” It was also a big night for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which swept many of the technical awards on its way to a total of six Oscars — by far the most of any single picture.
The Academy broke with tradition by splitting the awards for Best Picture and Best Director, which went to “The Revenant’s” Alejandro G. Inarritu. Inarritu completed a rare double by winning for the second year in a row after claiming the directing Oscar for last year’s Best Picture “Birdman.”
As expected, Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor for “The Revenant,” his first Oscar after six nominations, including five acting nods and one as a producer on 2014 Best Picture nominee “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
While “The Revenant” lost out for Best Picture, it didn’t have a bad night. In addition to wins for DiCaprio and Inarritu, Emmanuel Lubezky won Best Cinematography to give the movie three Oscars.
Brie Larson won Best Actress for “Room” in a category that was considered wide-open, topping Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”).
Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for “The Danish Girl” and Mark Rylance took home a trophy for Best Supporting Actor — an award that many observers expected to go to Sylvester Stallone — for “Bridge of Spies.”
Please click here to see the full list of winners, along with all the nominees, for the 88th Annual Academy Awards.