Monday, February 29, 2016 7:28 am
Leonardo DiCaprio got a standing ovation after finally winning his first Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards,for his leading role as a fur trapper left for dead in “The Revenant” and spoke out on climate change in his acceptance speech.
The ovation outside Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, United States, venue of the awards, was even louder as the popular actor was hailed in the social media, for what was considered a long overdue honour. Even more resonating was his warning on climate change that it is for real and that action to cope with it begins with electing leaders who’ll make brave and vital changes needed to save our planet.
Catholic Church abuse movie “Spotlight” was named best picture, the top award at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, after an evening peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry.
Mexico’s Alejandro Inarritu nabbed the best directing Oscar for “The Revenant”, taking home the trophy for the second straight year after winning in 2015 for “Birdman.”
“The Revenant” had gone into Sunday’s ceremony with a leading 12 nominations, and was among four movies believed to have the best chances for best picture after it won Golden Globe and BAFTA trophies.
“I (am) very lucky to be here tonight but unfortunately many others haven’t had the same luck,” Inarritu said, expressing the hope that, in the future, skin color would become as irrelevant as the length of one’s hair.
Rising star Brie Larson, 26, took home the statuette for best actress for her role as an abducted young woman in indie movie “Room” to add to her armful of trophies from other award shows.
Racial themes and barbs about the selection of an all-white acting nominee line-up for a second year ran throughout the evening as black comedian Rock opened the show that he called “the white People’s Choice awards.”
Among the surprises, Britain’s Mark Rylance beat presumed favorite and “Creed” actor Sylvester Stallone to win the Academy Award for best supporting actor for “Bridge of Spies.”
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander won the supporting actress Oscar for transgender movie “The Danish Girl” while documentary “Amy,” about the late and troubled British pop star Amy Winehouse was also a winner.