It was that time of year again, awards season with one of the most prestigious ceremonies in all of film. The 2016 Oscars took place on Sunday, February 28th and had some defining moments. Many people were interested in how host and comedian, Chris Rock, would weigh in on the biggest issue of there being no African American nominees. Especially considering some celebrities chose to boycott the event because of this issue, some people were a little worried. Fortunately, Rock received great reviews for a job well done. He was able to incorporate some Black Lives Matter issues, while not going overboard. Here is a look at more of the 2016 Oscars.
Viewers down in 2016
It was determined that there was a significant decrease in the number of people who watched the 2016 Oscars. Now you can give your reason as to why you think the numbers were lower in 2016. Some people attribute it to the lack of diversity by the Academy. Others claim it was simply because The Walking Dead also aired during a part of the Oscars, which is such a highly watched program overall, what fan would want to miss a new episode? Another reason is that there were more “Oscar viewing parties” taking place across the country. Yes, you heard that right. People got together to watch the Oscars together, on one big screen, and probably to see if Leo would finally come out a winner.
Most talked about winners
One of the most talked about movies of the night was Mad Max: Fury Road. The movie received 10 nominations, and took home the most wins of the night, with a total of 6. Mad Max: Fury Road won in the categories of Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Michael Keaton was one the stars of last year’s Best Picture Winner, Birdman. He was also in Spotlight, which won the Best Picture award for the 2016 Academy Awards, beating out 7 other nominees.
- Supporting Actress and Leading Actress– Nominees for Best Supporting Actress and Actress were top notch in 2016, although there were some front runners who might expect a win. The nominees for Actress in a Supporting Role, included Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight, Rooney Mara for Carol, Rachel McAdams for Spotlight, Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl, and Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs. Nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role included Cate Blanchett for Carol, Brie Larson for Room, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years, and Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn. Winners for these two categories were Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson. Larson’s performance was talked about for months and her win came as no shock.
- Supporting Actor and Leading Actor– Nominees for Supporting Actor included Christian Bale for The Big Short, Tom Hardy for The Revenant, Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight, Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies, and Sylvester Stallone for Creed. The nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role included Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Matt Damon for The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl. Winners for these two categories include Mark Rylance, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now many people thought Sylvester Stallone was robbed of the Supporting Actor win, but others thought Mark Rylance was more than deserving. The most talked about win of the night probably went to Leo DiCaprio. He has been nominated for Best Actor on numerous occasions, causing the internet to break out with multiple memes in hopes that Leo would finally win, which he did, and for an epic performance.
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