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Leonardo DiCaprio took home his first Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony for survival epic The Revenant, after six nominations.

The 41-year-old was named best actor at the 88th Academy Awards, with Brie Larson named best actress Oscar for Room.

Spotlight took home the best picture Oscar with Mad Max: Fury Road picking up the most awards of the night, with six accolades.

Mark Rylance won the best supporting actor Oscar, and Sam Smith won best original song.

The ceremony had been boycotted by some Hollywood figures protesting about the lack of ethnic diversity among this year’s nominees, as all 20 nominees in the best acting or supporting acting categories are white.

Host Chris Rock addressed the controversy head on as he launched the ceremony, and it was a theme that was returned to several times during the night.

Chris Rock commented he had “counted at least 15 black people” in the montage that opened the ceremony, before welcoming people to the “white People’s Choice awards”.

The Revenant won three of the 12 awards for which it was nominated. Alejandro Inarritu also won best director and Emmanuel Lubezki won his third Oscar for cinematography in a row, having won in 2015 for Birdman and 2014 for Gravity.Oscars 2016 winners

Leonardo DiCaprio received a standing ovation as he picked up his award, after five acting nominations and one nomination as producer of best picture nominee Wolf of Wall Street.

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 asked the audience to “support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who’ll be affected by this”.

It is 22 years since Leonardo DiCaprio was first nominated for an Academy Award, having been nominated for best supporting actor for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

Speaking to reporters after his win, Leonardo DiCaprio said: “I feel very honored, to share this has been an amazing experience, to sit there and talk about the film.

“I also got to talk about something I have been obsessed with – the environment and climate change – on a platform with hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide.”

As he accepted his award, Alejandro Inarritu said it was a “great opportunity to our generation to liberate ourselves from all prejudice”, saying the color of someone’s skin should be “as irrelevant as the length of their hair”.

It is the fourth Oscar for Alejandro Inarritu, having won best director, best original screenplay (as co-writer) and best picture (as producer) for Birdman in 2015.

Brie Larson had won praise for her role as abducted woman Ma in Room, based on the book by Emma Donoghue.

The actress thanked everyone involved in the film, including young co-star Jacob Tremblay, who plays her son.

Spotlight tells the true story of how investigative reporters at the Boston Globe uncovered child abuse by Catholic priests in Massachusetts.

Mark Rylance won his Oscar for Steven Spielberg’s Cold War film Bridge of Spies, in which he plays Rudolf Abel, the real-life Soviet intelligence officer who was arrested in 1950s New York and prosecuted as a spy.

Sam Smith, whose song was featured in Bond film SPECTRE, told the audience at LA’s Dolby Theater he could not breathe as he picked up his award and described his fellow nominees as “incredible”.

Alicia Vikander won the best supporting actress Oscar for The Danish Girl.

The Swedish-born actress thanked her co-star Eddie Redmayne and her parents, after winning her first Oscar, saying: “Eddie, thank you for being the best acting partner. I could never have done it without you. You raised my game.

“My mum and dad, thank you for giving me the belief that anything can happen – even though I would never have believed this.”

Amy Winehouse documentary Amy won the best documentary feature Oscar for British filmmakers Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees.

Composer Ennio Morricone won the Oscar for best original film score for The Hateful Eight – the first Academy Award the 87-year-old has won in his career.

Irish director Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage won the best live action short Oscar for Stutterer, about a man with a severe stammer.

The best foreign language film Oscar went to Hungarian film Son of Saul, telling the story of a Jewish man forced to work at a Nazi death camp who seeks a proper religious burial for a boy who he believes is his son.


Complete list of winners at the 88th annual Academy Awards.

Best Picture: Spotlight

Direction: The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Actress: Brie Larson, Room

Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Original Screenplay: Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Cinematography: The Revenant, Emmanuel LubezkiOscar winners 2016

Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road, Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (set decoration)

Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel

Visual Effects: Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan

Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White

Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

Score: The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone

Song: Writing’s on the Wall from SPECTRE, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (Hungary)

Animated Feature: Inside Out

Documentary Feature: Amy

Animated Short: Bear Story

Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Live Action Short: Stutterer


The Revenant and Leonardo DiCaprio are widely expected to win at this year’s Oscar ceremony.

If he wins, Leonardo DiCaprio will take home his first best actor Oscar statue.

The Revenant is seen as a strong contender for best picture and best director.

The 88th Annual Academy Awards ceremony gets under way at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles at 20:30 PST.

This year’s ceremony is being boycotted by some Hollywood figures who are protesting about the lack of ethnic diversity among the nominees.

All 20 nominees in the best acting or supporting acting categories are white.

Last week, Harvey Weinstein discouraged a boycott, reassuring those concerned that host Chris Rock would “annihilate” Hollywood in his opening monologue at the ceremony.Oscars 2016 predictions

The black comedian is known for dealing with racial issues in his routines and it is expected he will make reference to the recent controversy.

Earlier this month, director Spike Lee – who was one of the first figures to speak publicly about the lack of diversity – said the boycott had been vindicated by the response from organizers.

The Academy, which hands out the Oscar honors, announced it would double the number of women and ethnic minority members by 2020 after the protests.

The Oscars take place two weeks after Leonardo DiCaprio won a BAFTA for best actor – often a good indicator of Academy Awards success.

Leonardo DiCaprio, 41, has never won a best actor Oscar before, despite three previous nominations and relentless campaigning from fans.

He is up against Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon and Michael Fassbender for the statue.

The Revenant faces tough competition in the best picture category from The Big Short and Spotlight.

The Big Short was not initially seen as the favorite to triumph, but its chances were boosted after it won the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards (PGA).

The best picture winner at the PGAs has gone on win the same award at the Oscars every year for the past eight years.

Brie Larson is up for best actress alongside Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, previous winners Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence – the latter has already picked up a Golden Globe for her performance in Joy.

Kate Winslet stands a strong chance of taking home best supporting actress after winning in the category both at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.

She is up against Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rooney Mara, Alicia Vikander and Rachel McAdams.

The nominees for best supporting actor are Christian Bale, Mark Ruffalo, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance.


The Revenant has topped the US box office in a weekend affected by the East Coast snowstorm.

The Oscar nominated movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is about a frontiersman fighting for survival after being attacked by a Grizzly bear.

The Revenant took $16 million with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in second place with $14.3 million.

Storm Jonas forced theater closures in Washington DC and New York, while hundreds of others suspended showings.

The Revenant, directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, has taken $119.2 million in North America so far.

The movie had a limited release on Christmas Day, followed by a wide release on January 8.The Revenant box office

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made $1.94 billion globally to date and is likely to cross the $2 billion mark over the next week.

Last week’s No 1, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube comedy Ride Along 2, dropped to third with $13 million.

Rounding out the top five were two new entries, comedy Dirty Grandpa and The Boy, about an American nanny who finds her English family’s boy is a life-sized doll.

Next week’s new releases include thriller The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger and Casey Affleck, and Kung Fu Panda 3.

US box office top 5:

  1. The Revenant – $16 million
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $14.3 million
  3. Ride Along 2 – $13 million
  4. Dirty Grandpa – $11.5 million
  5. The Boy – $11.3 million


The Revenant tops the 2016 Oscar nominations with 12 nods, while Mad Max: Fury Road scores 10.

Both movies are nominated for best picture, along with The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Martian, Room and Spotlight.

Eddie Redmayne competes against Leonardo DiCaprio for the best actor award.

Charlotte Rampling is in the running for best actress, while Kate Winslet is up for best supporting actress.

Eddie Redmayne, nominated this year for his role as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, won the 2015 Academy Award for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Leonardo DiCaprio, the star of survival epic The Revenant, has been nominated four times but has yet to win an Academy Award.

The best actor category also sees nominations for Michael Fassbender for biopic Steve Jobs, Matt Damon for space saga The Martian and Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, in which he portrays real-life Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Charlotte Rampling, who receives a nod for marital drama 45 Years, faces competition in the best actress category from Cate Blanchett for Carol, Brie Larson for Room, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy and Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn.

Other hopefuls include best supporting actor nominees Christian Bale, for The Big Short, Mark Rylance, for Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, and Tom Hardy for The Revenant.

Nick Hornby is nominated for best adapted screenplay for Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn, with fellow British author Alex Garland honored for his original screenplay for Ex Machina.

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Singer Sam Smith is nominated for best original song for Writing’s On the Wall, having already won a Golden Globe for the SPECTRE track alongside writing partner Jimmy Napes. They will compete with singles including Lady Gaga’s track Til It Happens To You, from The Hunting Ground, and The Weeknd’s Earned It, from Fifty Shades Of Grey.

In the best documentary feature category, Amy Winehouse documentary Amy secures a nomination for London-born filmmaker Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees.

Movies which also scooped a handful of nominations were The Martian with seven nods, while real-life journalism drama Spotlight, Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and Cate Blanchett romance Carol have six each.

The Big Short, about the 2008 financial crisis, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens are in the running for five awards.

Room, based on the novel by Irish writer Emma Donoghue about a mother and son living in confinement, picked up four nominations, including best adapted screenplay.

The film’s director Lenny Abrahamson was also nominated.

Sylvester Stallone is nominated for the best supporting actor award for his comeback performance as Rocky Balboa in Creed, having won a Golden Globe for the movie last weekend.

Mark Ruffalo completes the category, having been cited for his role in Spotlight.

Pixar’s Inside Out is in the running for best animated feature film, with competitors including Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa and the Shaun the Sheep Movie, featuring the character first seen alongside Wallace and Gromit in Aardman’s A Close Shave.

Steven Spielberg has set the record for the most best picture nominations for an individual producer with nine, having been nominated for Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies.

The 88th Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock will be held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on February 28.

Movies with most nominations:

  • The Revenant – 12
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – 10
  • The Martian – 7
  • Bridge of Spies – 6
  • Carol – 6
  • Spotlight – 6


Full list of winners at the 73rd annual Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles:


Best motion picture – drama

Winner: The Revenant


Mad Max: Fury Road



Best motion picture – comedy or musical

Winner: The Martian

The Big Short




Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Will Smith, Concussion

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama

Winner: Brie Larson, Room

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Rooney Mara, Carol

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical

Winner: Matt Damon, The Martian

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Steve Carell, The Big Short

Al Pacino, Danny Collins

Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Melissa McCarthy, Spy

Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Lily Tomlin, GrandmaGolden Globes winners 2016

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Winner: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Winner: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Jane Fonda, Youth

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Helen Mirren, Trumbo

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Best director – motion picture

Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant

Todd Haynes, Carol

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

George Miller, Max Max: Fury Road

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best screenplay – motion picture

Winner: Steve Jobs

The Big Short

The Hateful Eight



Best animated feature film

Winner: Inside Out


The Good Dinosaur

The Peanuts Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best foreign language film

Winner: Son of Saul

The Brand New Testament

The Club

The Fencer


Best original score – motion picture

Winner: The Hateful Eight


The Danish Girl

The Revenant

Steve Jobs

Best original song – motion picture

Winner: Writing’s On the Wall, Sam Smith – SPECTRE

Love Me Like You Do, Ellie Goulding – Fifty Shades of Grey

One Kind of Love, Brian Wilson – Love & Mercy

See You Again, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth – Fast & Furious 7

Simple Song #3, Sumi Jo – Youth


Best television series – drama

Winner: Mr. Robot


Game of Thrones



Best television series – comedy or musical

Winner: Mozart in the Jungle


Orange is the New Black

Silicon Valley



Best mini-series or motion picture made for TV

Winner: Wolf Hall

American Crime

American Horror Story: Hotel


Flesh and Bone

Best performance by an actor in a TV series – drama

Winner: Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Wagner Moura, Narcos

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – drama

Winner: Taraji P Henson, Empire

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Eva Green, Penny Dreadful

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best performance by an actor in a TV series – comedy or musical

Winner: Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Rob Lowe, The Grinder

Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – comedy or musical

Winner: Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best performance by an actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for TV

Winner: Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero

Idris Elba, Luther

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for TV

Winner: Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for TV

Winner: Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Tobias Menzies, Outlander

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for TV

Winner: Maura Tierney, The Affair

Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Regina King, American Crime

Judith Light, Transparent