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Oscars 2016: All the winners of the 88th Academy Awards

Best Picture went to Spotlight, while The Revenant and Mad Max battled it out for technical wins.

First-time Oscar winner Brie Larson.
First-time Oscar winner Brie Larson.
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Sometimes it's obvious who's going to come away from the Oscars a winner with months to go before the ceremony (see: Titanic, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Schindler's List).

Sometimes it comes down to two leading movies, as with 2015's horse race between Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, which eventually pulled ahead.

But the 2016 Oscars have been one of the most confusing roller coaster awards season rides in recent memory. Films that were supposed to be favorites — Steve Jobs, Carol — faded. Ridley Scott, who many thought might win his first(!) Oscar for directing The Martian, wasn't even nominatedMad Max: Fury Road cleaned up in technical nominations — and won most of them! — but also landed a Best Picture and Best Directing nomination for George Miller, which both seemed unlikely from the start.

Meanwhile, late releases like The Revenant and The Big Short surged, with The Revenant in particular picking up telling awards. Star Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar, while Iñárritu's Directors Guild victory made his rare back-to-back Best Director win more likely. (Back-to-back director wins have only happened twice before in the history of the Oscars.)

But Spotlight, Tom McCarthy's lower-key film about Boston Globe journalists investigating sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, still ended up winning Best Picture.

It's been an exciting awards season, if a frustrating one, due to a second straight year of all-white acting nominees. But hey, at least it's over.

For now.

Here are all the winners for the 88th annual Academy Awards.

Best Picture



Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Actress in a Leading Role

Brie Larson, Room

Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Original Screenplay

Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Actress in a Supporting Role

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Costume Design

Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan

Achievement in Production Design

Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson, Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

Makeup and Hair Design

Mad Max: Fury RoadLesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, and Damian Martin


The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki

Film Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel

Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White

Sound Mixing

Mad Max: Fury RoadChris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo

Visual Effects

Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, and Sara Bennett

Animated Short Film

Bear StoryGabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Animated Feature Film

Inside OutPete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Documentary Short

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Documentary Feature

AmyAsif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Live Action Short Film

StuttererBenjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Foreign Language Film

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Original Score

The Hateful EightEnnio Morricone

Original Song

"Writing's on the Wall" (Spectre), Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes

Watch: Chris Rock's 2016 Oscars monologue

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