The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honoured the best films of 2015 and took place on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and it was bucket of its usual controversies; diversity.
The nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced on January 14, 2016 with The Revenant garnering the highest nominations with 12, Mad Max: Road to Fury with 10, The Martian and Bridge of Spies with 7, Carol and Spotlight with 6, The Big Short and Star Wars: The Force Awakens with 5, Danish Girl, Room and Brooklyn had 4, The Hateful Eight, Ex Machina and Sicario with 3, and Inside Out and Steve Jobs with 2. For the second consecutive year, a film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu received the most nominations.
Mad Max: Fury Road went on to won six awards, the most for the evening, and Spotlight won two awards including Best Picture. Other winners include The Revenant with three awards, and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Amy, Bear Story, The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, Room, Son of Saul, Spectre, and Stutterer with one each. With two Oscars, Spotlight was the first film since The Greatest Show on Earth in 1952 to win Best Picture with only one other award. At the age of 87, Ennio Morricone became the oldest winner in Oscar history for a competitive award. Emmanuel Lubezki became the first person to win three consecutive Best Cinematography awards having previously won for Gravity and Birdman. Bear Story became the first ever Chilean film to win an Oscar. And Alejandro G. Iñárritu the only Mexican and third director to win two consecutive Oscars for Best Director after John Ford in 1940–1941 and Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1949–1950, respectively (how’s that for diversity).
The telecast was watched by more than 34 million viewers in the United States, making it the least watched Oscar ceremony since the 80th Academy Awards in 2008. Wonder if it had anything to do with the boycott by the Smith Family and industry professionals.
Regarding criticisms with the lack of diversity, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first elected African American Academy President stated that while she was disappointed by the lack of colour, that it doesn’t take away the greatness (of the films nominated). Host Chris Rock faced pressures to step down as host but Rock nevertheless hosted the ceremony and focused his entire opening monologue on the controversy (Lol. Good for you Chris! Eating and having your cake at the same time). President Barack Obama also spoke up about the controversy saying, “I think the Oscar debate is really just an expression of this broader issue. Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?” Hmm…? Detect some underlying meaning in that quote.
However some celebrities including Michael Caine, Ice Cube, Whoopi Goldberg have voiced their defense of the Oscars, saying that the nominations are based on performance and merit, not race with Caine asking if you’re going to vote for an actor because he’s black (good question). Ice Cube, who produced the hit biopic film Straight Outta Compton, had this to say “It’s crying about not having enough icing on your cake. It’s just ridiculous.” Thanks for hitting the nail on the head Ice. While we all dream in gold (see Post SoWhite Oscars), there’s no need throwing a tantrum if you don’t get a stattute; it doesn’t change a thing.
Anyways that’s it for the 88th Academy Awards but before we close that chapter we’ve got a winner to announce for our Oscar predictions. See the answers below:
|Best Director||Alejandro G. Inarritu ‘The Revenant’|
|Best Actor||Leonardio DiCaprio ‘The Revenant’|
|Best Actress||Brie Larson ‘Room’|
|Best Supporting Actor||Mark Rylance ‘Bridge of Spies’|
|Best Supporting Actress||Alicia Vikander ‘The Danish Girl’|
|Best Animated Feature Film||‘Inside Out’|
|Best Visual Effects||‘Ex Machina’|
Not much surprises with the Best Actor, Director, and Animated film but for the Best Supporting Actor, all I can say is Mark who? Well the judges know best. Moving on, drum roll please…. And the winner of Jollyhood’s 88th Academy Award Competition is….Nneka. Yay! Applause! She had the highest correct predictions with five out of eight. Not bad right. Thanks to every other person that participated in the quiz, hopefully we can give you guys consolation prizes. Jollyhood appreciates you all. Don’t forget to check out Dr Shogo’s ‘Cup of Lafata’ today Saturday March 5th, by 9.45pm on LTV. Till next week people. XoXo!