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Oscar Winners 2016

Spotlight surpasses all to scoop up Best Picture, and Leo finally gets that Oscar!

The biggest movie event of the year took place last night, and the 88th Academy Awards held more than a few surprises. Leo finally won his Oscar for Best Actor, much deserved for his powerful performance in The Revenant, for which Alejandro G. Inarritu won Best Director, but Best Picture did not go to the grizzly adventure thriller, but to Spotlight. The cast and crew took to the stage amid rapturous applause to accept the award for this very important film, telling the true story of a group of Boston journalists who uncovered widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, and producer Michael Sugar spoke out about the message of the film, stating “this film gave a voice to survivors, and this film amplifies that voice, which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican”. Spotlight also won for Best Original Screenplay.

SpotlightThe big winner of the night came as a shock to many but was undoubtedly deserving of such esteemed recognition, as Mad Max: Fury Road took home a whopping six awards, three more than any other film, scooping up a bundle of technical awards, including Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Make-up and Hair.

Although Ireland was well represented at the event, with Brooklyn nominated for Best Picture, its star Saoirse Ronan up for Best Actress, Michael Fassbender in the running for Best Actor for Steve Jobs, and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room included in a number of categories, including Best Director and Best Picture, none of these nominations transformed into golden statuettes. Brie Larson did, however, win Best Actress for her outstanding role in Abrahamson’s Room. Stutterer, written, directed, and edited by Irish filmmaker Benjamin Cleary, won Best Short Film, ending his acceptance speech with “Every day is a proud day to be Irish, but today even more so… Slainte!”.

Brie Larson Oscars

As well as honouring the achievements of movie stars over the last year, the show, far from merely being a glitz and glam affair, addressed a number of serious issues. Host Chris Rock immediately spoke out about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, calling the Oscars the White Peoples’ Choice Awards. Rock made the outcry over the lack of diversity in the nominations a key part of the night, with most of his monologue and talk between awards focused on this injustice. Stating “You’re damn right, Hollywood’s racist”, Rock went on to explain that Hollywood is plagued by a different kind of racism than what people are accustomed to, saying Hollywood is “sorority racist”. He got to the heart of the issue when Rock stated that all that was being asked was for equal opportunities for minorities to be able showcase their talent too.

Chris Rock Oscars

Lady Gaga also make good use of her time on stage, giving a stirring performance of her Oscar nominated song Til It Happens To You, written for documentary The Hunting Ground, which tackles the issue of widespread sexual abuse on U.S college campuses. Gaga was joined on stage by 50 survivors of sexual assault, with commentators describing it as the moment that won the Oscars. However, the award for Best Original Song went instead to Writing’s On The Wall from Spectre.

A night of surprising and not so surprising wins, a night which shined a light on numerous issues which need to be addressed, and a night that will surely dominate headlines for the coming days, the 2016 Oscars was a night to remember.

For a full list of winners please see below.

Best picture

The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Bridge of Spies
SPOTLIGHT – WINNER! [BOOK NOW]
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best director

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
ALEJANDO GONZALEZ INARRITU, THE REVENANT – WINNER!
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Best actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol
BRIE LARSON, ROOM – WINNER! [BOOK NOW]
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best actor

Matt Damon, The Martian
LEONARDO DICAPRIO, THE REVENANT – WINNER! 
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Best supporting actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
MARK RYLANCE, BRIDGE OF SPIES – WINNER!
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best supporting actress

ALICIA VIKANDER, THE DANISH GIRL – WINNER!
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best original screenplay

SPOTLIGHT – WINNER! [BOOK NOW]
Straight Outta Compton
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out

Best adapted screenplay

THE BIG SHORT – WINNER!
The Martian
Room
Brooklyn
Carol

Best costume design

Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The Revenant

Best production design

Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The Martian
The Revenant

Best make-up and hair

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best cinematography

Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
THE REVENANT – WINNER! 
Sicario

Best editing

The Big Short
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best sound editing

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best sound mixing

Bridge of Spies
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – WINNER!
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best visual effects

EX MACHINA – WINNER!
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best animated short

BEAR STORY – WINNER!
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Leave Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Best animated film

Anomalisa
Boy and the World
INSIDE OUT – WINNER!
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best short documentary

Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS – WINNER!
Last Day of Freedom

Best documentary

AMY – WINNER!
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best short film

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
Shok
STUTTERER – WINNER!

Best foreign language film

Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
SON OF SAUL – WINNER!
Theeb
A War

Best original score

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell, Carol
ENNIO MORRICONE, THE HATEFUL EIGHT – WINNER!
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best original song

Earned It, Fifty Shades of Grey
Manta Ray, Racing Extinction
Simple Song #3, Youth
Til It Happens To You, The Hunting Ground
WRITING’S ON THE WALL, SPECTRE – WINNER!

Léirmheas ar an scannán “SPOTLIGHT” (128 nóiméad)

Tá Spotlight ainmnithe do sé ghradam Oscar, ina measc Best Picture agus gan dabht is é an scannán reatha is tábhachtaí sna pictiúrlanna faoi láthair.  Leanann an dráma scanrúil seo foireann iriseoirí imscrúdaithe ag an Boston Globe, a nochtadh sa bhliain 2001, mí-úsáid gnéasach páistí agus an síor-cheilt a bhí á dhéanamh laistigh den Eaglais Chaitliceach ar an mhí-úsáid sin.

Spotlight

Léiriú is ea an scannán seo de chuid Tom McCarthy, ar chumhacht tubaisteach an bhréagnú, ar chonas a lean an mhí-úsáid ar aghaidh cé go bhfuil an cuma ar an scéal go raibh cur amach ag pobal uilig Bhoston uirthi.  Cuireann sé i gcuimhne duit “nach mar a shíltear a bítear”.

Ag tús an scannáin i 1976 osclaíonn sé i stáisiún na bpóilíní i mBoston, chímid máthair agus a cuid páistí ar imríodh cos ar bolg orthu. Is soiléar go bhfuil na póiliní traochta den scéal agus nach féidir leo mórán a dhéanamh.  Cuireann an Eaglais an chiontóir go deoise eile go rúnda.  Mar is eol do chách tarlaíonn an rud céanna i gcás na mílte eile.

Spotlight

Nuair a thagann bainisteoir nua go dtí an Boston Globe, iarann sé ar an fhoireann iriseoireoireachta chun féachaint isteach sa scéal seo.  Nuair a bhíonn siad ar an mbealach is minic a chuirtear dea-oibreacha na hEaglaise ar son an phobail uile i gcuimhne dóibh.  Cuirtear ina luí orthu gan ligean do bhithiúnach amháin obair na hEaglaise  go léir a mhilleadh.  Meon intinne é seo a léirítear ó cheann ceann an scannáin.

Ní éiríonn leo cothrom na Féinne a fháil go dtí go gcuireann an Boston Globe an scéal i gcló i 2002.  Tá scéalta na marthanóirí a insítear sa scannán tragóideach ach faraoir is sceálta iad seo atá inste arís agus arís eile.  Ag tabhairt cruthúnais do thábhacht an scannáin seo, tuairiscítear sa Metro gur tháinig níos mó marthanóirí chun cinn chun a gcuid sceálta a nochtadh ó d’oscail Spotlight.

Spotlight

Cuireann foireann cáiliúil na n-aisteoirí, ina measc Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo agus Rachel McAdams beocht réalaíoch sa scannán seo.  Tugann Ruffalo, ag glacadh páirt an iriseora Mike Rezendes, léiriú fíor-chumhachtach agus lasánta dúinn.  Léiriú a thuill ainmniú mar Best Supporting Actor dó. Tá Rachel McAdams, a ghlacann ról Sacha Pfeiffer, iriseoir imscrúdaitheach, ainmnithe do Oscar freisin.

Spotlight

Tar éis dóibh féachaint ar Spotlight ba léir go raibh an lucht féachana trína chéile.  Bhí sé seo le braith ón slua a bhí ciúnaithe mar is caoi agus iad ag fágáil na pictiúrlainne fad is a bhí na teidil ag rolladh agus na soilse á lasadh.

Ní minic go dtéann scannán í bhfeidhm ar daoine comh mór sin orthu.  Molaim é.

10/10

Spotlight Review

A harrowing reminder that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Spotlight, deservedly nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, is unquestionably the most important film currently screening in theatres. This spine-chilling drama follows a team of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe who, in 2001, uncovered the sexual abuse of children and the persistent cover-up of this abuse within the Catholic Church. Examining the devastating power of denial, Tom McCarthy’s film unravels the labyrinthine web that perpetuated the abuse, in which it seems the whole of Boston was complicit, expressing the disturbing reminder that “if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse a child”.

Spotlight

Opening in 1976 in a Boston police station, the mother of a victim is told to remember all of the good that the Church has done for the community and not to allow a bad apple ruin everything, appalling sentiments that are time and again voiced throughout. The offender is secreted away to another diocese and nothing more is done. As viewers are painfully aware, this repeats itself with thousands of cases. It is not until The Boston Globe runs the story in 2002 that justice is finally allowed begin to come into effect. The stories of the survivors told in the film are harrowing, and unfortunately they are stories that, heartbreakingly and infuriatingly, have been told again and again. By breaking the silence on decades of hushed up abuse, The Boston Globe made it possible for thousands of survivors to come forward and be heard. Attesting to the enormous importance of this film, The Metro reported that since Spotlight opened, more survivors have come forward to break the silence on their stories.

Spotlight

The star-studded cast, including Michael Keaton, Live Schrieber, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams, bring this film to skin-prickling life. Ruffalo, playing Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Mike Rezendes, gives a particularly powerful and impassioned performance, one which has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. McAdams, who plays investigative journalist Sacha Pfeiffer, is also nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal. After watching Spotlight, audiences will be immersed by a wealth of emotions, which was felt by the reverent silence which filled the packed theatre as the credits began and the lights came back on. It’s not often that a film can produce such a powerful response. Outstanding.

Spotlight

10/10

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