2016 Oscar Winners: 'Spotlight' Wins Best Picture At The 88th Academy Awards

Hollywood's biggest night has come and gone with the 88th Academy Awards, and after most of the /Film crew posted their own predictions for who would take home Oscar tonight (along with who we wanted to win), we followed the winners as they were announced live on the air.

Chris Rock hosted the ceremony, and he offered up plenty of jokes and commentary on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, making for great comedy and poignant thoughts on the matter. He undoubtedly upset some people, but he said plenty that needed to be said.

Below we have a list of all the 2016 Oscar winners, which was updated live throughout the night after the awards start getting handed out at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT, along with some commentary here and there on those who took home the coveted trophies. Get the full list of 2016 Oscar winners after the jump!

2016 Oscar Winners

  • Best Picture – Spotlight
  • Best Actress – Brie Larson, Room
  • Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Directing  - Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
  • Best Supporting Actress – Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Best Supporting Actor – Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Animated Feature Film – Inside Out
  • Documentary Feature – Amy
  • Foreign Language Film – Son of Saul, Hungary
  • Adapted Screenplay – Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • Original Screenplay – Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • Original Score – Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
  • Original Song – "The Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith
  • Film Editing – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Production Design – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Sound Editing – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Sound Mixing – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Visual Effects – Ex Machina
  • Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
  • Costume Design – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Makeup and Hairstyling – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Animated Short Film – Bear Story
  • Live Action Short Film – Stutterer
  • Documentary Short Subject - A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

2016 Academy Awards Live Blog

We've bolded every single one of the winners in each category as they were announced live on the air with the most recent on top.

That's a wrap folks! Thanks for tuning in! Keep the talk going in the comments!

Spotlight trailer

Best Picture

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant



2016 BAFTA Winners

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Room trailer

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Commentary: This was a forgone conclusion, and Brie Larson absolutely deserved this award. What an incredible performance in a movie that is equally as fantastic.

The Revenant Featurette

Best Director

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Commentary: There's no denying he worked hard as hell on this movie, but it's not the best of the year, and I'm not entirely convinced he deserves this award over George Miller or Tom McCarthy.

Sam Smith Bond theme

Best Original Song

"Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey

"Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction

"Simple Song #3" from Youth

"Til It Happens to You" from The Hunting Ground

"Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre

Commentary: This is unbelievable. This song is pretty bad, and it's nowhere near as good as the Lady Gaga song. Really shocked at this win.

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Best Original Score

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies

Carter Burwell, Carol

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Jóhann Jóhansson, Sicario

John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

11:12pm – Lady Gaga belts out "Til It Happens to You" from The Hunting Ground, proving why it will probably win Best Original Song here in a little bit. Real survivors of sexual assault and rape, both men and women, come out on stage while she sings. Very powerful performance.

son of saul trailer

Best Foreign Language Film

Colombia: Embrace of the Serpent

France: Mustang

Hungary: Son of Saul

Jordan: Theeb

Denmark: A War


Best Live-Action Short

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)



Commentary: Jacob Tremblay and Abraham Atttah presented this award, because they are short. Get it?

10:55pm – The In Memoriam reel is accompanied by Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, and it nearly made a tear come out of my face. Rest in peace, Bing Bong.

10:52pm – AMPAS President Cheryl Boone came out to talk about the changes being made to help bring about diversity and inclusion for future awards. We'll see how that works out next year, but there just need to be more roles for non-white actors.

10:49pm – Governors Awards to Debbie Reynolds and Spike Lee are highlighted with clips from the ceremony. Wish we could see more from that event.

Amy Winehouse documentary

Best Documentary Feature


Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

A Girl in the River

Best Documentary Short

Body Team 12

Chau, Beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Last Day of Freedom

Commentary: Best part of this was Louis C.K. presentation for the award. It would be great if he hosted, but I can't imagine that's something he would ever want to do. Also, the fact that this changed the laws about honor killings is a big deal.

Mark Rylance

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Commentary: Wow. No one saw this coming. I'm not sure how I feel immediately. This was a great performance, but I thought Sylvester Stallone had it in the bag.

10:15pm – The Weeknd performs "Earned It' from Fifty Shades of Grey. There was some seductive dancing by ladies surrounding the singer. It was better than Fifty Shades of Grey.

2015 top 10 inside out

Best Animated Feature


Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Commentary: I would have been happy if Anomalisa won this, but Inside Out just worked a little better, I think.

Bear Story

Best Animated Short

Bear Story


Sanjay's Super Team

We Can't Live Without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

Commentary: This award was presented by the Minions, which was very silly.

10:06pm – Chris Rock is having his daughter and her girl scout troop sell Girl Scout cookies at the ceremony.

10:00pm – BB-8, R2-D2 and C-3PO appear on stage, making the whole ceremony worth it, with a special shout out to John Williams, who has earned 50 Oscar nominations. C-3PO also calls the giant Oscar statue quite handsome, essentially confirming what we've suspected all along...he has a gold fetish.

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Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Commentary: This is a bit of an upset. It's not that Ex Machina didn't deserve it, but many though Star Wars or Mad Max would walk away with the prize.

2015 top 10 mad max fury road

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Mad Max Fury Road - Max (3)

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

9:41pm – Black History Month minute honoring Jack Black was definitely chuckleworthy.

oscars stunt category

Best Film Editing

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Commentary: Yep, Mad Max: Fury Road is taking home a bunch of technical awards for the night. Well-deserved win for this category, and The Big Short missing out on this one likely means it won't take home Best Picture.

Leonardo DiCaprio in THE REVENANT

Best Cinematography

Ed Lachman, Carol

Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight

John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant

Roger Deakins, Sicario

Commentary: Definitely deserved, but I still don't think the movie should take home Best Picture, but we'll see.

Mad Max chrome spray

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road

The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

Commentary: Shiny and chrome! Witness!

Mad Max Fury Road vehicles

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Commentary: Mad Max: Fury Road for all the awards! This was no contest at all.

Alamo Drafthouse Mad Max: Fury Road PSA

Best Costume Design

Sandy Powell, Carol

Sandy Powell, Cinderella

Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl

Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road

Jacqueline West, The Revenant

Commentary: I can see Mad Max: Fury Road taking a bunch of technical awards but not getting any big prizes. I guess some is better than none.


Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Commentary: It's her first Oscar, and while I wish she got it for Ex Machina, she's got a bright future with many more awards in it, I'm betting.

9:04pm – Sam Smith sings "Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre. Didn't realize I was going to have a challenge to not fall asleep so early. This song is terribly boring.

9:01pm – Stacey Dash appeared for some kind of joke that fell completely flat.

8:58pm – Whoopi Goldberg, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan add some diversity to some of the Oscar nominees' clips, imagining what they would be like with more black people. Leslie Jones in place of the bear in The Revenant was brilliant.

2016 pga awards

Best Adapted Screenplay

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short

Nick Hornby, Brooklyn

Phyllis Nagy, Carol

Drew Goddard, The Martian

Emma Donoghue, Room

Commentary: Another expected win for an absolutely brilliant script. How crazy is it that Adam McKay has an Academy Award now? So happy for him.

2016 SAG Awards Winners

Best Original Screenplay

Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

Pete Docter, Megg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, Inside Out

Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton

Commentary: This was predicted to win, and I couldn't be happier that it did. Such a sharp script. Hope it takes Best Picture tonight.

The order of the awards has been changed up, going by the process of filmmaking, beginning with the scripts.

Seriously, Chris Rock really knocked this monologue out of the park. "It's not fair that Will Smith wasn't nominated. It's also not fair that Will Smith got paid $20 million for Wild Wild West." We'll be posting this monologue for the morning for sure.

Chris Rock comes out by calling the Oscars the White People's Choice Awards, not shying away from the controversy surrounding the lack of black nominees, so this is going to be a great monologue.

It's 8:30pm PT and we're off to the races, kicking off with a montage of clips from the films of 2015, including a bunch that weren't nominated for any awards. They all interact with each other in a way that we've seen in a bunch of year-end montages that we posted in December.