A Quick Recap of the Oscars


So, did the results of the Academy Awards 2016 satisfy you? Here is a brief recap of what happened during the Oscars.

“Spotlight,” directed by Tom McCarthy, won the best picture nomination. If you haven’t had the time to watch the film yet, here is a short summary without spoilers. The movie is the Boston Globe’s revealing story of pedophile priests in Massachusetts. It is not only a scandalous story but also features stunning actors on set, such as Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Liev Schreiber. As Michael Sugar, the producer of the film said in his speech, this film could “Resonate all the way to  Vatican.” Addressing Pope Francis, Sugar said: “It’s time to protect the children and restore the faith.”

“The Big Short” was another film that based on a true story which was nominated for the best picture. Despite many expectations, it did not receive an Oscar. The sarcastic explanation of the complicated financial crisis made the story even more obscure. Ann Hornaday, a film critic of the Washington Post,  reviewed the movie, saying: “ ‘The Big Short” feels less like an immersive story than a lecture delivered by the hippest Econ 101 professor on campus, illustrated with glib asides and state-of-the-art visual.”   

The most awarded Academy Awards 2016 movie was “Mad Max: Fury Road”, receiving 6 Oscars. Christopher Orr from The Atlantic has called this movie “rarest of indulgences, a blockbuster-season release that fully delivers on its promise.”

Fortunately, some of the awards were expected and appreciated – Brie Larson for the best actress, Alejandro G. Iñárritu for the best direction, and Alicia Vikander and Mark Rylance for supporting roles.

“The Danish Girl” movie received only the best supporting actress nomination.

The most expected award, which shadowed the other winners, was Leonardo DiCaprio’s: he finally received the Oscar for the best actor. He was the star of the evening without a doubt. Nominated for the best actor sixth time, DiCaprio won the award for his role in “The Revenant.” Mexican film director Alejandro González Iñárritu needs to be thanked for the direction of the film. As the chief film critic Manohla Dargis of the New York Times has mentioned, “Mr. Iñárritu isn’t content to merely seduce you with ecstatic beauty and annihilating terror; he wants to blow your mind, to amp up your art-house experience with blockbusters like awesomeness.”

Back to the main hero of the ceremony. During his speech, DiCaprio took the privilege to talk about global warming and climate change. “Climate change is real,” he stated. “It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively and stop procrastinating. Let us not take this planet for granted – I do not take tonight for granted.”  


Gayane Aramyan

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