Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins academy award
The actor wins the trophy for his role in ‘The Revenant’ while ‘Spotlight’ takes home the biggest honour of the night.
Leonardo diCaprio is a happy man. After almost two decades when he was first nominated for an Academy Award, and five nominations later, the actor took home the golden statute for Best Actor for ‘The Revenant’. DiCaprio received a standing ovation as he picked up his award. He thanked his director and co-star Tom Hardy for his "fierce talent on screen" and "friendship off screen" before campaigning for action to combat climate change, saying making ‘The Revenant’ was "about man's relationship to the natural world”. He said, “Climate change is real - it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."
‘The Revenant’ won three of the 12 awards for which it was nominated. Alejandro Inarritu took home the Best Director trophy this year too after grabbing it for ‘Birdman’ last year. The Mexican-born filmmaker is the first director to win back-to-back Oscars since Joseph L Mankiewicz, who turned the trick at the 1950 and 1951 ceremonies. Emmanuel Lubezki too won his third Oscar for cinematography in a row, having won in 2015 for ‘Birdman’ and 2014 for ‘Gravity’.
The 88th annual Academy Awards saw Brie Larson winning the trophy for Best Actress. Larson had won praise for her role as abducted woman Ma in ‘Room’, based on the book by Emma Donoghue. She said, "Who I was by the time the movie was over was so far from where I started. It was a long process in trying to find myself. Now I feel strong, to be holding this gold guy is an incredible metaphor for how I feel inside."
However, the biggest award of the evening went to ‘Spotlight’, the film about the Boston Globe's investigation into child abuse by Catholic priests in Massachusetts as it won the Oscar for the Best Picture. Producer Michael Sugar said that the film gave a voice to survivors. “We hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it's time to protect the children and restore the faith.”
Alicia Vikander won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 'The Danish Girl' beating strong contenders like Rachel McAdams (‘Spotlight’), Rooney Mara (‘Carol’) and Kate Winslet (‘Steve Jobs’). While Mark Rylance took the trophy for Best Supporting Actor for 'Bridge of Spies' leaving Christian Bale (‘The Big Short’), Mark Ruffalo (‘Spotlight’) and Sylvester Stallone (‘Creed’) behind.
‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ which was nominated in 10 different categories won the maximum numbers of trophies. It took six awards in the technical section. ‘Inside Out’ won Best Animated Feature Film while ‘Amy’, about the late Amy Winehouse, won Best Documentary Feature. In the foreign movies category, film from Hungary ‘Son Of Saul’ won Best Foreign Film. Sam Smith won Best Original Song for Writing's On The Wall from ‘Spectre’.
And while the whole world was playing the who-will-win game, India was on the verge of frenzy with Priyanka Chopra debuting at the Oscars to present a technical award with Liev Schreiber. Our desi girl looked every bit stunning in a white Zuhair Murad strapless gown, not to mention the diamond accessories which added more spark to her gorgeous self. Minutes before leaving for the red carpet, Priyanka shared pictures of hers on Instagram and tweeted that “she felt like a princess in her chariot” while heading toward the Awards venue.