Like I did on the 23rd of February 2015 with the article “Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2015“, I will write this post on my blog in real time, as I watch the free live streaming of the 88th ceremony of the Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California, USA, using this link:
This year, the Oscars presentation is going to follow the film producing process
Emily Blunt & Charlize Theron present the Oscar for original screenplay
- Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen
- Ex Machina – Alex Garland
- Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, and Ronnie del Carmen
- Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus
Tom McCarthy dedicates this award to all journalists. The orchestra intervenes
Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe present the award for adapted screenplay. Ryan Gosling jokes: “between the two of us, there are 2 Oscars”
The Big Short – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph from The Big Short by Michael Lewis – first Oscar nomination and award
- Brooklyn – Nick Hornby from Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín – the crowd cheers
- Carol – Phyllis Nagy from The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
- The Martian – Drew Goddard from The Martian by Andy Weir
- Room – Emma Donoghue from Room by Emma Donoghue
Chris Rock jokes about the difficulty for black actors to get awards, but also to get roles. We have a pastiche with him appearing in Joy, The Revenant, The Danish Girl, The Martian.
Stacey Dash present “Happy Black History Month”.
- Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan
Scott Carrell and Tina Fey present the Oscar for Best Production Design
- Bridge of Spies – Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich, and Adam Stockhausen
- The Danish Girl – Michael Standish and Eve Stewart
Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson – Colin Gibson says it’s the first Oscar for diversity
- The Martian – Celia Bobak and Arthur Max
- The Revenant – Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy
Margot Robbie and Jared Leto present Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
- The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
- The Revenant – Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman, and Robert Pandini
Benicio Del Toro and Jennifer Garner present the movies The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road.
- Carol – Ed Lachman
- The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
- Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki – the 3rd consecutive Oscar from 8 nominations – also won for Gravity and Birdman
- Sicario – Roger Deakins
Liev Schreiber presents the Oscar for Best Film Editing
- The Big Short – Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel – 1st Oscar and nomination for her
- The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
- Spotlight – Tom McArdle
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Margaret Sixel says that Mad Max: Fury Road is the best-reviewed movie of the year, everybody loved it.
- The Martian – Oliver Tarney
- The Revenant – Martin Hernández and Lon Bender
- Sicario – Alan Robert Murray
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Matthew Wood and David Acord
George Miller says Mad Max is a movie you see with ears. Sound artists are storytellers.
- Bridge of Spies – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, and Drew Kunin
- The Martian – Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, and Mac Ruth
- The Revenant – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, and Chris Duesterdiek
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
Chris Jenkins – third win, 5th nomination, Gregg Rudloff, third win, 7th nomination, Ben Osmo – 1st win, 1st nomination
Andy Serkis presents the Oscar for special visual effects: we can create any world we want
- Mad Max: Fury Road – Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams, and Tom Wood
- The Martian – Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Richard Stammers, and Steven Warner
- The Revenant – Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith, and Cameron Waldbauer
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan
the visual effects are a game very oriented towards team playing
Olivia Munn presents scientific and technical awards.
The robots from Star Wars: R2D2, Three Threepio and BB8 appear on screen.
- Prologue – Imogen Sutton and Richard Williams
- Sanjay’s Super Team – Nicole Paradis Grindle and Sanjay Patel
- We Can’t Live Without Cosmos – Konstantin Bronzit
- World of Tomorrow – Don Hertzfeldt
First Oscar for Chile nationals.
- Stutterer – Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story present the Oscar for best animated feature.
- Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, and Rosa Tran
- Boy & the World – Alê Abreu
- Shaun the Sheep Movie – Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
- When Marnie Was There – Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura
For Pete Docter, it’s the 8th nomination and 2nd Oscar after Up.
“We are lucky because we can make stuff”. Pete Docter encouraged the children to create stuff, to express themselves. He said Inside Out is inspired from watching their kids growing up.
Patricia Arquette presents the Oscar for
- Christian Bale – The Big Short as Michael Burry
- Tom Hardy – The Revenant as John Fitzgerald
- Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight as Michael Rezendes
- Sylvester Stallone – Creed as Rocky Balboa
Steven Spielberg leads with love. That’s why he is surrounded by so many people who love to work with him.
Louis C.K. presents the Oscar for Best Documentary – Short Subject
- Body Team 12 – David Darg and Bryn Mooser
- Chau, Beyond the Lines – Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
- Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – Adam Benzine
- Last Day of Freedom – Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
“You cannot make a dime on this” – This Oscar really means something, because the people making these movies don’t get rich. He jokes: The winner is “Mad Max”.
The 2nd Oscar for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. This is a militant film for women’s rights that managed to influence policy makers.
Dev Patel and Diasy Riley present the Oscar for Best Documentary – Feature
Amy – Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees – 1st award and nomination
- Cartel Land – Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
- The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
- What Happened, Miss Simone? – Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, and Justin Wilkes
- Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom – Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor
This is to show who Amy Winehouse really was, not the image. Chris Rock jokes that the people who made Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom are going to hate listening to her music from now on.
Chris Rock insults the Weinstein brothers for not participating with donations for Girls scouts’ cookies.
Whoopi Goldberg presents the honorary governors’ awards: Gena Rowlands, Spike Lee. The Jean Hearsolt humanitarian award is won by Debbie Reynolds.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of AMPAS says tonight is a time to talk about the future. With the opportunity, comes responsibility. Diversity is important. We have to accurately reflect the world today. There is a message for inclusion meant to make us all stronger. Each must play a role of influence. It’s not enough to listen and agree. We must act, she says. This is a chance to make a future all of them can be proud.
Louis Gossett, jr presents In Memoriam
Ettore Scola, Alan Rickman, Haskell Wexler, Karolyn Ali, Tex Rudloff, Richard Collis, Alex Rocco, Kirk Kevorkian, Bob Minkler, D.W. Samuelson, James Horner, Wes Craven, Frank. D. Gilroy, js Elmo Williams, Roger L. Mayer, Alber Maysles, Rh Glatzer, David Bowie, Vilmos Zsigmond, Leonard Nimoy are some of the people who died in the past year.
- Son of Saul (Hungary) in Hungarian – László Nemes
Quincy Jones presents the Oscar for music – Best Original Score
- Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman
- Carol – Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone – everybody applauds standing
- Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams
Ennio Morricone says a speech in Italian and acknowledges the nomination of John Williams, thanks to Quentin Tarantino and dedicates this award to his wife, Maria.
- “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey – Music and Lyric by Ahamad Balshe (Belly), Stephan Moccio, Jason “Daheala” Quenneville, Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)
- “Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction – Music by J. Ralph, Lyric by Antony Hegarty
- “Simple Song #3” from Youth – Music and Lyric by David Lang
- “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground – Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren
“Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre – Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
One of them is gay and dedicates this award to the LGBT community around the world.
JJ Abrams presents the Oscar for Best Director
- Adam McKay – The Big Short
- George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
- Lenny Abrahamson – Room
- Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
The excerpts feature interviews with the directors talking about their movies.
Eddie Redmayne presents the Oscar for Best Actress
- Cate Blanchett – Carol as Carol Aird
Brie Larson – Room as Joy “Ma” Newsome
- Jennifer Lawrence – Joy as Joy Mangano
- Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years as Kate Mercer
- Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey
- Bryan Cranston – Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo
- Matt Damon – The Martian as Mark Watney
- Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs
- Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe
Thank you for creating a transcending cinematic experience, he says, to A.G. Inarritu. Leo DiCaprio attracts attention to climate change – the movie is about man’s connection to nature. We need to talk to the world leaders and take action, he says. Everybody applauds standing.
Morgan Freeman presents the Oscar for the producers: Best Picture
- The Big Short – Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner
- Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger
- Brooklyn – Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
- Mad Max: Fury Road – Doug Mitchell and George Miller
- The Martian – Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam
- The Revenant – Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon
- Room – Ed Guiney
Chris Rock closes the night with the invitation for every Oscar winner to come to the scene. He also reminds everyone about the Girls Scouts’ thing.
So, if we are to take into consideration the number of awards and nominations, the biggest winners for this year’s edition of the Academy Awards are, in order:
- Mad Max: Fury Road (6/10) Oscars for: film editing, costume design, makeup and hairstyling, sound mixing, sound editing and production design. Nominations for: best feature, directing, cinematography and visual effects.
- The Revenant (3/12) Oscars for: directing, leading actor, cinematography. Nominations for: best feature, supporting actor, film editing, costume design, makeup and hairstyling, sound mixing, sound editing, visual effects, production design
- Spotlight (2/6) Oscars for best feature and original screenplay. Nominations for supporting actor, supporting actress, direction and film editing.
- Bridge of Spies (1/6) Oscar for supporting actor. Nominations for best feature, original screenplay, music, sound mixing and production design
- The Big Short (1/6) Oscar for original screenplay. Nominations for best feature, supporting actor, direction and film editing.
- Room (1/4) Oscar for leading actress. Nominations for best feature, adapted screenplay and direction.
- The Danish Girl (1/4) Oscar for supporting actress. Nominations for leading actor, costume design and production design.
- The Hateful Eight (1/3) Oscar for music. Nominations for cinematography and supporting actress.
- Ex Machina (1/2) Oscar for visual effects. Nomination for original screenplay
9. Inside Out (1/2) Oscar for animated feature. Nomination for original screenplay.
The biggest losers of the event were:
- The Martian – 7 nominations: best feature, leading actor, adapted screenplay, sound mixing, sound editing, visual effects, production design
- Carol – 6 nominations: leading actress, supporting actress, adapted screenplay, cinematography, costume design, music
- Brooklyn – 3 nominations: best feature, leading actress, adapted screenplay
- Sicario – 3 nominations: music, cinematography, sound mixing
- Steve Jobs – 2 nominations: leading actor, supporting actress
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