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The 2016 Oscars

Host Chris Rock opens the show at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

February 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 88th Academy Awards, the highest honours in the movie industry, were handed out a ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday hosted by comedian Chris Rock.

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Host Chris Rock opens the show at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodJennifer Lawrence, nominated for Best Actress for her role in Cate Blanchett, nominated for Best Actress for her role in Winslet, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Matt Damon, nominated for Best Actor for his role in Cate Blanchett, nominated for Best Actress for her role in Sylvester Stallone, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Presenter Sacha Baron Cohen and wife Isla Fisher arrive at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodMusician Dave Grohl and wife Jordyn Blum arrive at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodMichael Sugar, producer of the film Television presenters Roberts and Strahan arrive at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodEd Lachman, nominated for Cinematography for Bale, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Alicia Vikander, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Actress Oliva Wilde arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodPresenter Charlize Theron arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodPresenter Sofia Vergara poses as she arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodPresenter Goldberg and daughter Martin arrive at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodCast of best live action short Oscar nominee Shok, arrive at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodPresenters Margot Robbie and Jared Leto take the stage to present the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CaliforniaMark Ruffalo, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Winslet, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mangini and White accept the award for Best Sound Editing for Wardega accepts the award for Best Makeup and Hair dressing for Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki holds his Oscar for Best Cinematography for the movie Alicia Vikander receives the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Rylance embraces director Spielberg after Rylance received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the movie Host Chris Rock opens the show at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodMark Rylance holds his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the movie Margaret Sixel accepts the award for Best Film Editing for Cleary and Armitage accept the award for Best Live Action Short Film for Presenter Priyanka Chopra poses as she arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodBrie Larson, nominated for Best Actress for her role in Rachel McAdams, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, and Lady Gaga pose on the red carpet in this combination photo before the 2016 Academy Awards in HollywoodActresses Winslet, Lawrence and Garner pose on the red carpet in this combination photo before the 2016 Academy Awards in HollywoodReese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara and  Brie Larson pose on the red carpet in this combination photo before the 2016 Academy Awards in HollywoodPresenter Charlize Theron arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodAlicia Vikander, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Actress Oliva Wilde arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodVergara arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in HollywoodRooney Mara, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mark Ruffalo, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Rachel McAdams, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Larson reacts as she takes the stage to accepts the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Brie Larson, nominated for Best Actress for her role in Winslet, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Leonardo DiCaprio holds the Oscar for Best Actor for the movie Mexico's Alejandro Inarritu wins the Oscar for Best Director for the movie Larson reacts as she takes the stage to accepts the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in

Following is a list of winners in key categories for the awards, also known as the Oscars.

BEST PICTURE

“Spotlight”

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

BEST ACTOR

Leonardo 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 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Spotlight”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Big Short”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“Inside Out”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Amy”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Son of Saul” Hungary

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

“The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Mary Milliken and Sandra Maler)

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The 88th Oscars: Focus on Hollywood

The cast of the film "Spotlight" react after they won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The cast of the film “Spotlight” react after they won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Host Chris Rock opens the show at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Host Chris Rock opens the show at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Catholic Church abuse movie “Spotlight” was named best picture, the top award at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, reports Reuters’ Jill Serjeant, after an evening peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry. … read our stories and photo essay, ‘Spotlight’ wins top Oscar amid night of race-related critiques

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 88th Academy Awards, the highest honours in the movie industry, were handed out a ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday hosted by comedian Chris Rock.

Following is a list of winners in key categories for the awards, also known as the Oscars.

  • BEST PICTURE
  • “Spotlight”
  • BEST DIRECTOR
  • Alejandro Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
  • BEST ACTOR
  • Leonardo 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 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
  • “Spotlight”
  • BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
  • “The Big Short”
  • BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
  • “Inside Out”
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
  • “Amy”
  • BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  • “Son of Saul” Hungary
  • BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
  • “The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone
  • BEST ORIGINAL SONG
  • “Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Mary Milliken and Sandra Maler)

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‘Spotlight’ wins top Oscar amid night of race-related critiques

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By Jill Serjeant
February 28, 2016

Host Chris Rock opens the show at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Host Chris Rock opens the show at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Catholic Church abuse movie “Spotlight” was named best picture, the top award at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, after an evening peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry.

Mexico’s Alejandro Inarritu nabbed the best directing Oscar for “The Revenant”, taking home the trophy for the second straight year after winning in 2015 for “Birdman.”

“The Revenant” had gone into Sunday’s ceremony with a leading 12 nominations, and was among four movies believed to have the best chances for best picture after it won Golden Globe and BAFTA trophies.

“I (am) very lucky to be here tonight but unfortunately many others haven’t had the same luck,” Inarritu said, expressing the hope that, in the future, skin colour would become as irrelevant as the length of one’s hair.

Alejandro G. Inarritu, nominated for Best Director for his film "The Revenant", arrives with his wife Maria Eladia Hagerman at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Alejandro G. Inarritu, nominated for Best Director for his film “The Revenant”, arrives with his wife Maria Eladia Hagerman at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Leonardo DiCaprio got a standing ovation after finally winning his first Oscar for his leading role as a fur trapper left for dead in “The Revenant” and spoke out on climate change in his acceptance speech.

Alicia Vikander, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "Danish Girl," wears a yellow Louis Vuitton gown as she arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Alicia Vikander, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in “Danish Girl,” wears a yellow Louis Vuitton gown as she arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Rising star Brie Larson, 26, took home the statuette for best actress for her role as an abducted young woman in indie movie “Room” to add to her armful of trophies from other award shows.

Racial themes and barbs about the selection of an all-white acting nominee line-up for a second year ran throughout the evening as black comedian Rock opened the show that he called “the white People’s Choice awards.”

Among the surprises, Britain’s Mark Rylance beat presumed favourite and “Creed” actor Sylvester Stallone to win the Academy Award for best supporting actor for “Bridge of Spies.”

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander won the supporting actress Oscar for transgender movie “The Danish Girl” while documentary “Amy,” about the late and troubled British pop star Amy Winehouse was also a winner.

Open Road Films’ <RGC.N> “Spotlight”, which traces the journalism probe of sex abuse in the Boston Catholic Church also won best original screenplay.

Warner Bros <TWX.N> “Mad Max: Fury Road” started the night with 10 nominations and the action-adventure won a slew of Oscars, including for costume, make-up, editing, and production design.

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(Additional reporting by Nichola Groom, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy:; Editing by Mary Milliken)

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Host Chris Rock opens the show at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Host Chris Rock opens the show at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

FACTBOX: Key winners at the 88th Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 88th Academy Awards, the highest honours in the movie industry, were handed out a ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday hosted by comedian Chris Rock.

Following is a list of winners in key categories for the awards, also known as the Oscars.

BEST PICTURE

“Spotlight”

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

BEST ACTOR

Leonardo 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 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Spotlight”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Big Short”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“Inside Out”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Amy”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Son of Saul” Hungary

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

“The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”

Copyright Reuters 2016

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Mary Milliken and Sandra Maler)

Joe Biden addresses sexual assault

By Piya Sinha-Roy

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden introduces singer Lady Gaga after making a plea to prevent sexual abuse at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden introduces singer Lady Gaga after making a plea to prevent sexual abuse at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden made a special appearance at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday to advocate for victims of sexual assault and introduced a powerful performance by Lady Gaga that featured survivors of sexual abuse.

Biden came on stage to rousing applause, quipping “I’m the least qualified man here tonight” before he addressed the issue of sexual assault.

“Despite significant progress over the last few years, too many women and men on and off college campuses are victims of sexual abuse,” Biden said.

He then asked the audience to join him, President Barack Obama and survivors of abuse in taking the pledge to “intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given.”

“We must and we can change the culture so that no abused woman or man – like the survivors you see here tonight – ever feel like they have to ask themselves, ‘What did I do?’ They did not do anything wrong.”

Biden then introduced Lady Gaga as “my friend and a courageous lady herself.”

Gaga, dressed in white and playing a white grand piano, performed her Oscar-nominated song “Til It Happens to You,” from the documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which investigated widespread sexual assault on American college campuses.

In a red carpet interview televised on ABC prior to the show, Gaga identified herself as “a survivor” and expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to perform the song and spread awareness. “I’m very grateful to the Academy for giving us this world stage to reward survivors for being brave and coming forward,” she said.

Dozens of victims of sexual abuse appeared on stage holding hands behind Gaga and received a standing ovation.

“Til It Happens to You” lost out to the latest James Bond theme song “Writing’s On The Wall” performed by Britain’s Sam Smith, who acknowledged Gaga in his acceptance speech, calling her “incredible.”

Gaga returned to the Oscars stage a year after she led the Academy’s tribute to the “Sound of Music,” singing a medley of classic songs from the musical film.

Gaga’s Oscar performance comes on the heels of a busy month for the singer, who earned praise for her rendition of the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

The six-time Grammy winner, known for pop songs such as “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way,” also performed a psychedelic tribute to the late singer David Bowie at the Grammy Awards, channelling his signature androgynous look.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy, Editing by Sara Catania and Mary Milliken)

Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar

Leonardo DiCaprio receives the Oscar for Best Actor for the movie "The Revenant" from Julianne Moore at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Leonardo DiCaprio receives the Oscar for Best Actor for the movie “The Revenant” from Julianne Moore at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar on Sunday, taking home the best actor statuette for his role in revenge movie “The Revenant.”

DiCaprio, 41, had been nominated four times previously for an acting Oscar over a career spanning 25 years. He was the favourite to clinch the Academy Award this year for his gruelling portrayal of a fur trapper left for dead in an icy wilderness after being mauled by a bear.

In a fight for survival, his “Revenant” character Hugh Glass treks through snow-covered forests, gets swept away in a waterfall, sleeps inside the carcass of a disemboweled horse and hungrily eats raw bison liver before making it back to his camp.

DiCaprio, a bachelor with a string of supermodel girlfriends, has matured into one of the world’s most admired and popular actors, as well as a champion of environmental causes ranging from marine reserves to the rights of indigenous people.

In his acceptance speech, DiCaprio, who received a standing ovation, said: “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”

DiCaprio added: “Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together, and we need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters and the big corporations but who speak for all of humanity.”

DiCaprio had already won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild trophies for the role, which transformed the heartthrob from movies like “Titanic” and “Romeo + Juliet” into a greasy-haired 1820s fur trapper who barely speaks after the bear ripped his throat.

DiCaprio won his first Oscar nomination in 1994 for his supporting role as a mentally challenged boy in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”

His romantic “Romeo + Juliet” and “Titanic” roles went unrecognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and it was another 10 years before his obsessive-compulsive Howard Hughes in “The Aviator” brought a second Oscar nomination.

Nominations for 2006’s “Blood Diamond” and 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” came and went without DiCaprio taking home the most coveted trophy in show business.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Mary Milliken and Sandra Maler)

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Oscars’ snub to world cinema reveals outdated worldview

By Stephanie Dennison, University of Leeds
February 20, 2015

By privileging English-language production, the Oscars promote an incredibly old-fashioned worldview in which UK, Australian and Irish films, for example, are not “foreign”.

Above, a still from Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales. Argentina is the sole flag bearer for Latin American films.

Four minutes into the 1994 Oscars, host Whoopi Goldberg declared: “Tonight we gather to honour Hollywood’s best, which is also the world’s best”. The directors of the five films nominated for the Best Foreign Language category, including Taiwanese Ang Lee and the eventual winner from Spain Fernando Trueba, must have felt like getting their coats.

The award for Best Foreign Language Film is awarded for “excellence in World Cinema”. It has been a regular feature of the annual ceremony since 1956. For some observers, the category lends the Oscars an art-house kudos not generally delivered by the mainstream films that grace the main awards categories, with nods to Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa and more recently Pedro Almodóvar. It offers a chance for foreign filmmakers to compete for international fame and fortune without having to go head-to-head with Hollywood.

For others – the majority I suspect – the category doesn’t matter a damn. After all, hardly anything beyond the four main categories of Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor and Actress, makes the headlines.The good news for critics of the category is that ever since Roberto Benigni’s eight nominations and four Oscar wins for Life is Beautiful in 1998, foreign films have been nominated regularly in other categories.

Ang Lee was nominated for ten and won four for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth won three in 2007 (but remarkably not the Best Foreign Film gong), and along the way films as diverse as Il Postino and Biutiful have picked up nominations in the high-profile categories of Best Picture and Best Actor.

The Best Director award has been won by foreign filmmakers for the past three years in a row. Many tip Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu to continue the trend with a win this year for Birdman. In 2011, French film The Artist became the first foreign film to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Might those borders between Hollywood and “foreign” finally be disappearing?

The Anglocentric nature of the awards has always been an object of criticism. By privileging English-language production, the Oscars promote an incredibly old-fashioned worldview in which UK, Australian and Irish films, for example, are not “foreign”.

It’s a preposterous notion, proposed, lest we forget, by a private enterprise whose function it is to promote American movies (the Motion Picture Association of America), but we all play along. A whopping 83 countries played along this year and submitted entries for the competition.

Portugal currently holds the record of the most submissions without an Oscar nomination (31) – hardly a fair indication of the quality of production there in the 21st century, if we are to believe that Oscar lists are a meaningful reflection of the state of film-making beyond the English-speaking world. No films from South Korea or Egypt have ever been nominated. No films by the celebrated Iranian film-maker, Abbas Kiarostami.

The idiosyncrasies of selection committees have a part to play in this, and sometimes restrictions imposed by national governments on what film should represent the nation (consider, for example, China’s refusal to submit the controversial A Touch of Sin in 2013).

And given the nature of world cinema marketing, the Oscars’ deadline for a film premiering in its country of origin isn’t the only imperative producers have in mind: the film festival calendar is already extremely demanding for producers who wish to use festivals to build viewer and reviewer momentum.

A foreign language Oscar win is a bonus, but it’s hardly essential, as the success of the Oscar-less City of God showed in 2003.

The Best Foreign Language Film is awarded to countries. This insistence in celebrating the national in foreign filmmakers’ work goes against the trend of transnational film making. Look at this year’s nominees: Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan (Russia) is the only film in the current shortlist not to be an international co-production. Ida is a four-way co-production (with Denmark, France, UK) representing Poland. Tangerines had producers in Estonia and Georgia, but Estonia gets the credit if it wins.

As an Austrian filmmaker who often shoots outside his country of origin, in co-production and regularly in French, Michael Haneke finds his films being claimed by multiple territories come awards season. This explains how the French-language, France-based, French-titled Amour won for Austria in 2013.

And take Z, the 1969 French language tale of political corruption in 1960s Greece. Greek director Costa-Gavras, then based in Paris, was unable to convince any big French producer to take the project on. That it ended up representing Algeria at the Academy Awards is down to chance (one of his co-producers had contacts there). When it went on to achieve Oscar victory and international box-office success, those same French producers must have been kicking themselves.

Z was the first win for an African nation. If Abderrahmane Sissako wins this year for Mauritania with Timbuktu, it will be only the fourth African win in a category still dominated by the large European production centres of France, Italy, Spain and Germany.

Argentina is the sole flag bearer for the vast and at times brilliant Latin American film production: a win this year for Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales will make it the nation’s third Oscar Foreign Language Film success.

Given the presence of foreign personnel in Hollywood from very early on in Tinseltown’s history, the number of Oscars to be awarded over the years to foreign and foreign-born filmmakers, technicians and so on is pitiful. While the number of foreigners picking up gongs may have increased in the 21st century, none of the relatively few (seven, in fact) foreign and foreign-born filmmakers to have won the Best Director gong has done so with a foreign-language film.

So 21 years later Whoopi Goldberg’s words still resonate. If you’re a foreign filmmaker seeking Oscar success and you want to get your movies seen, you’d best consider a move to Hollywood. It’s the centre of the world, after all.

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Stephanie Dennison specializes in Brazilian Studies at the University of Leeds.

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