Spotlight, Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the big winners at the Oscars but with the official winners list looking rather too predictable for our liking, it’s time to take a look at the alternative triumphs of the night.
Saoirse Ronan might have missed out on Best Actress for Brooklyn, but her dress was the epitome of effortless Hollywood glamour. Quite the achievement.
Chris Rock, meanwhile, was cracking out all the gags as host, quipping about OscarsSoWhite, sexism and, erm, more OscarsSoWhite. Diversity was the theme of the night and there wasn’t anything anyone could do about it but sit back, champagne in both hands, and wince.
Naturally, Jacob Tremblay wins all the cutest person on the planet gongs out there, but here’s who else we think is deserving of an unofficial accolade:
Best Joke: Chris Rock
“Is it fair that Will didn’t get nominated for Concussion? No. But it’s also not fair that he got paid $20 million for Wild Wild West.”
Best Lookalike: Matt Damon and the Oscars accountant
Brian Cullinan counts the Oscar ballots along with his fellow PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Martha Ruiz. Unremarkable in itself, except that Cullinan is the spit of how we imagine The Martian's Matt Damon will look in circa ten years time.
Best Twitter Rant: Bette Midler
The singer and actress threw some serious shade over the ceremony before it had even begun when she posted the following tweet taking aim at OscarsSoWhite:
Fair play, but ouch. Better fetch some water for that burn.
Best Dressed: Saoirse Ronan
The Brooklyn star wore an emerald green dress from Calvin Klein and looked effortlessly glamourous. Full marks (and going on the Christmas list)
Oscars 2016 winners
Oscars 2016 winners
1/24 Leonardo DiCaprio
Oscar for Best Actor: "The Revenant"
2/24 Brie Larson
Oscar for Best Actress: "Room"
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3/24 Mark Rylance
Oscar for Best Supporting Actor: "Bridge of Spies"
4/24 Alicia Vikander
Oscar for Best Supporting Actress: "The Danish Girl"
5/24 Alejandro González Iñárritu
Oscar for Best Director: "The Revenant"
6/24 Emmanuel Lubezki
Oscar for Best Cinematography: "The Renevant"
7/24 Mark Mangini (L) and David White
Oscar for Best Sound Editing: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
8/24 Margaret Sixel
Oscar for Best Editing: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
9/24 Lesley Vanderwalt (R), Elka Wardega (C) and Damian Martin
Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
10/24 Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson
Oscar for Best Production Design: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
11/24 Jenny Beavan
Oscar for Best Costume Design: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
12/24 Tom McCarthy (L) and Josh Singer
Oscar for Best Original Screenplay: "Spotlight"
13/24 Adam McKay (L) and Charles Randolph
Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay: "The Big Short"
14/24 (L-R) Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar
Oscar for Best Picture: "Spotlight"
15/24 Jimmy Napes (L) and Sam Smith
Oscar for Best Original Song: 'Writing's On The Wall' - "Spectre"
16/24 Ennio Morricone
Oscar for Best Original Score: "The Hateful Eight"
17/24 Laszlo Nemes
Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film: "Son of Saul"
18/24 Shawn Christopher Ogilvy (L) and Benjamin Cleary
Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film: "Stutterer"
19/24 James Gay-Rees (L) and Asif Kapadia
Oscar for Best Documentary Feature: "Amy"
20/24 Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject: "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness"
21/24 Pete Docter (R) and Jonas Rivera
Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film: "Inside Out"
22/24 Director Gabriel Osorio Vargas (L) and producer Pato Escala Pierart
Oscar for Best Animated Short Film: "Bear Story"
23/24 Andrew Whitehurst (R), Paul Norris (2nd L), Mark Ardington (L) and Sara Bennett
Oscar for Best Visual Effects: "Ex Machina"
24/24 Chris Jenkins (R), Gregg Rudolf (C) and Ben Oslo
Oscar for Sound Mixing: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Best Person: Jacob Tremblay
The moment he jumped out of his seat (next to his dad, of course) to get a good look at Star Wars characters R2-D2, C-3OI and BB-8 on stage made our hearts weep with joy. Then when his Room co-star Brie Larson won Best Actress, well, night made by his adorable reaction.
Best Loser: Eddie Redmayne
He won Best Actor last year for The Theory of Everything, but Redmayne was still in with a chance of doing the double with The Danish Girl. Speaking before the ceremony, however, he said that it was “certainly Leo’s year and he really deserves it”. It’s the British way.
Best Awkward Photo: Chris Rock and Stacey Dash
Yep, that’s Stacey Dash, also known as the controversial Fox News pundit who recently criticised Black History Month and Chris Rock, the black comedian hosting the Oscars. In one photo. Sort of smiling.
Best Tribute: Dave Grohl
The Foo Fighters frontman and general good guy gave a stripped-back acoustic performance of “Blackbird” by The Beatles to soundtrack the In Memoriam tribute. David Bowie, Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Lee, Alan Rickman and co would surely have enjoyed it.
Best Political Shoehorn: Leonardo DiCaprio
“Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. We need to stop procrastinating and support leaders around the world who speak for all of humanity. Let us not take this planet for granted, I do not take tonight for granted.”
So there you go, climate change. Let’s sort it out because if Leo can still love icebergs after Titanic, so can you.
Best Forgotten In Memoriam: Uggie the Dog
People are getting very upset that Uggie, the dog from The Artist, was left out of the In Memoriam tribute. Understandably so, it’s outrageous.
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