Oscars Audience Moved To Tears By Lady Gaga Performance
It was the most emotional moment for those in the Oscar audience: Lady Gaga’s intense performance of Diane Warren’s song “Til It Happens to You” from the film The Hunting Ground. (Watch above) The audience at the Dolby Theatre was visibly moved by the performance, some — like Best Actress winner Brie Larson — seen weeping as the performance ended. And it can’t be denied that the moment — particularly what it symbolized for the fight against sexual assault — was… Read
‘Spotlight’ Wins Oscar For Best Picture; Pope Challenged By Producer From Stage
Spotlight tonight took the big prize at the 88th Academy Awards with a Best Picture victory. Nominated for a total of six Oscars tonight it also was the big winner Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards. The Open Road-distributed and Tom McCarthy-directed drama about the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team's exposes of rampant sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and the subsequent cover-ups was chosen as one of the top 10 films of 2015 by A… Read
Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Oscar For Best Actor For ‘The Revenant’
It might have been the night's most predictable result, but Leonardo DiCaprio's Best Actor win for his role in The Revenant still felt like Oscar doing right by a guy nominated five times before, first for What's Eating Gilbert Grape? back in 1993, when he was 19. Fox's campaign for The Revenant focused heavily on how much DiCaprio suffered for his art – all crawling around in the dirt, chewing on raw bison liver and braving sub-zero temperatures. He beat out four actors… Read
Brie Larson Wins Best Actress Oscar For ‘Room’
This is the first Academy Award — and nomination — for Brie Larson, who already had garnered numerous awards heading into tonight and was considered the odds-on favorite to win Best Actress for her portrayal of a kidnapped girl imprisoned by a psychopath in Room.
The powerful film has been a critical favorite since premiering at Telluride, and Larson thanked the festival in her acceptance speech — along with distributor A24, which acquired the film at Cannes in 2014… Read
Alejandro G. Inarritu Wins Best Director Oscar For ‘The Revenant’
With Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Oscar win tonight as Best Director for The Revenant, the director became part of Academy history by becoming the first director in 65 years to win back-to-back directing Oscars. The only other two in that elite club are helmers John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Inarritu also directed Leonardo DiCaprio to his first ever Oscar with The Revenant.
The Mexican helmer also took home the top honor at this years’ DGA Awards and those awards are… Read
Sam Smith & Jimmy Napes Win Oscar For ‘Spectre’ Original Song ‘Writing’s On The Wall’
In a shocking win, the James Bond title song from Spectre, “Writing’s On the Wall” by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes, took the best original song Oscar tonight. It’s the second time time that a 007 song has broken through at the Oscars, after “Skyfall” three years ago became the first Bond song to win. That title theme was written by Adele and Paul Epworth.
In his acceptance speech onstage, Smith said: “I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said that no… Read
VP Joe Biden Urges Oscars & Hollywood “To Change The Culture” On Campus Sexual Assault
“I'm the least qualified man here tonight," Vice President Joe Biden said tonight at the 88th Academy Awards as he was given a standing ovation from Hollywood A-listers and undoubtedly more than a few Democratic donors who wish he was running for President. "Despite significant progress over the last few years, too many woman and men on and off college campuses are still victims of sexual abuse," the Veep told industry power players and the tens of millions watching on… Read
Ennio Morricone Wins Original Score Oscar For ‘The Hateful Eight’
It’s the first legit win for the 87-year-old composer who was lauded in 2006 at the 79th Academy Awards with a career Oscar. The Hateful Eight marked Ennio Morricone’s sixth Oscar nom, his first in 16 years since 2000’s Malena. Prior to that, Morricone was nominated for Bugsy (1991), The Untouchables (1987), The Mission (1986) and Days of Heaven (1978).
“Thank you, the Academy, for this prestigious acknowledgement,” the composer said onstage in Italian. “My tribute goes… Read
‘Son Of Saul’ Wins Oscar For Foreign Language Film
Laszlo Nemes' Hungarian drama, Son Of Saul, has been on a run since breaking out at Cannes with the Grand Jury Prize last May — and it's having itself quite a weekend. It's just taken the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, a day after it scooped the Indie Spirit for Best International Film and won its category at the Golden Reel Awards. Of the hauntingly intense Holocaust drama, Nemes said from the Oscar stage tonight, “Even in the darkest hours of mankind, there might be… Read
‘Amy’ Wins Oscar For Best Documentary
Amy, about the life and death of English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, won the Documentary Feature Oscar this year for director Asif Kapadia despite objections to the movie being raised by her father. The film, which also won Best Documentary Feature at the BAFTAs only a week ago, was put into production and went forward without the blessing from her family.
“This is for the fans, Amy’s fans, who loved her through thick and thin,” said producer James Gay Rees in… Read
‘Inside Out’ Wins Oscar For Best Animated Film
With the gold man going to Inside Out tonight, again the big winner of this year’s Annies has proven to be the winner of the Oscar for Animated Feature Film. Long favored, the Amy Poehler-led Pixar/Disney pic about the often competing primary emotions within an 11-year-old girl is the fourth film in a row from Disney or a Disney-owned entity to win the category. Brave won in 2013, Frozen iced out its opponents in 2014, and Big Hero 6 snagged the prize away from favored How… Read
‘The Revenant’s Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Oscar For Best Cinematography
For three years in a row, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki has walked away with the Oscar for Best Cinematography — this time for his work on The Revenant. The Mexican-born director of photography has been nominated eight times and also won last year for his work on Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman for the long continuous takes through a maze of lighting. And the year before that, he won for Gravity, where he had to actually invent equipment to get the particular look that… Read