The 88th Academy Awards honored a wild, woolly tale of frontier vengeance, a newspaper procedural about the investigation of a Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, and a full-throttle post-apocalyptic feminist action pic Sunday night. The big Oscar prize went to Spotlight, winning best picture, and The Revenant won for best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro G. Iñárritu as best director. But the most trophies – six – went to the gloriously crazy Mad Max: Fury Road.
The ceremony’s host, Chris Rock, wearing a white tuxedo jacket, opened with a deft and scathing monologue addressing the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, calling this year’s ceremony “the White People’s Choice Awards” and then skewering the hypocrisy of both the Hollywood establishment and some of the high-paid African-American stars who opted to boycott the event.
Among the bigger surprises of the night was the Oscar that didn’t go to Sylvester Stallone, the presumptive supporting actor winner for his generous portrayal of the aging pugilist in the Rocky sequel/spinoff, Creed. Instead, the British actor Mark Rylance, who played the softspoken Soviet sleeper agent in Bridge of Spies, nabbed the award.
Philadelphians did win the two writing Oscars, for adapted and original screenplay.
It’s been a long and turbulent awards season, but the big night is finally here: tonight the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out their annual awards, and in doing so end what’s been one of the most unpredictable Oscar races in recent memory. Continue refreshing this post for the latest updates from the red carpet and the awards themselves, and don’t go anywhere when the awards are done; the night really gets started when our Vanity Fair Oscar Party coverage begins immediately after the show concludes.