LOS ANGELES — “I’m the king of the world!”
Turned out, we nailed it.
First, no one had ever directed back-to-back Best Pictures, which Alejandro G. Iñárritu was trying to do after last year’s “Birdman.” Second, only two movies had ever won Best Picture without a screenplay nomination — “Titanic” and “Sound of Music” — both understandable outliers considering their massive box office phenomenons, which “Revenant” lacked. Those two red flags, combined with the polarizing nature of “Revenant,” allowed “Spotlight” to slide in for a much deserved victory.
The subject of abuse also fueled Brie Larson’s Best Actress win for “Room,” in which she played an abducted woman who must raise her son (Jacob Tremblay) in captivity. The power performance cemented Larson as among the best of her generation after the brilliant “Short Term 12.”
In the supporting actor categories, Alicia Vikander took Best Supporting Actress for “The Danish Girl,” in which she played the conflicted spouse of Eddie Redmayne’s gender-bending husband. It was a dominant year for Vikander, whose “Ex Machina” earned Best Visual Effects.
Best Director went to Alejandro G. Inarritu for “The Revenant,” his second straight win after last year’s “Birdman,” while Best Cinematography went to Emmanuel Lubezki, his third straight win after “Gravity,” “Birdman” and “Revenant.” The Mexican filmmakers have truly taken the industry by storm, causing Inarritu to offer some choice words for the “Oscars So White” controversy.
See below for the entire list of winners from Sunday’s 88th annual Academy Awards, along with audio from the winners as they took the podium backstage.
Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu, “The Revenant.”
Actress: Brie Larson, “Room.”
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl.”
Adapted Screenplay: “The Big Short.”
Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul.”
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki. “The Revenant.”
Sound Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Original Song: “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre.”
Documentary Feature: “Amy.”
Animated Short Film: “Bear Story.”
Visual Effects: “Ex Machina.”