2016 Oscars Winners List - Were There Any Surprises?

The 88th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is upon us, with Chris Rock having returned as the host for the 2016 rendition of the Oscars show. Heading into the event, such movies as The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road were leading the pack with the most Oscar nominations (that includes a Best Picture nod for both movies), while such actors as Brie Larson and - yes, at long last - Leonardo DiCaprio were expected to take home the gold for their performances. Of course, it wouldn't be the Oscars without at least one or two "upsets" or "surprise winners," now would it?

Read on for the complete list of winners for the 88th Annual Academy Awards!


Best Picture

Spotlight movie (2015) review

The Big ShortBridge of SpiesBrooklynMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantRoomWINNER: Spotlight

Best Director

The Revenant - Alejandro González Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio

Adam McKay, The Big ShortGeorge Miller, Mad Max: Fury RoadWINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The RevenantLenny Abrahamson, RoomTom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, TrumboMatt Damon, The MartianWINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, The RevenantMichael Fassbender, Steve JobsEddie Redmyane, The Danish Girl

Best Actress

Room trailer and reviews with Brie Larson

Cate Blanchett, CarolWINNER: Brie Larson, RoomJennifer Lawrence, JoyCharlotte Rampling, 45 YearsSaoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Adapted Screenplay

The cast of The Big Short
The cast of The Big Short

WINNER: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big ShortNick Hornby, BrooklynPhyllis Nagy, CarolDrew Goddard, The MartianEmma Donohue, Room

Best Original Screenplay

Spotlight - Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, and Brian D'Arcy James

Matt Charman and Coen Bros., Bridge of SpiesAlex Garland, Ex MachinaJosh Cooley, Peter Docter, and Megan LeFauve, Inside OutWINNER: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, SpotlightAndrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus, Straight Outta Compton

Best Supporting Actor

Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies - 2016 Oscar winner

Christian Bale, The Big ShortTom Hardy, The RevenantMark Ruffalo, SpotlightWINNER: Mark Rylance, Bridge of SpiesSylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress

Alicia Vikander as Gerda Gottlieb in 'The Danish Girl'

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful EightRooney Mara, CarolRachel McAdams, SpotlightWINNER: Alicia Vikander, The Danish GirlKate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Animated Feature

Disney Dirty Jokes Inside Out Bear

AnomalisaBoy and the WorldWINNER: Inside OutShaun the Sheep MovieWhen Marnie Was There

Best Original Song

“Earned It”, Fifty Shades of Grey“Manta Ray”, Racing Extinction“Simple Song No. 3”, Youth“Til It Happens To You”, The Hunting GroundWINNER: “Writing’s on the Wall”, Spectre

Best Original Score

Samuel L Jackson in The Hateful Eight

Bridge of SpiesCarolWINNER: The Hateful EightSicarioStar Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Best Cinematography

The Revenant Battle Scene

CarolThe Hateful EightMad Max: Fury RoadWINNER: The RevenantSicario

Best Costume Design

Mad Max: Fury Road named best of 2015 by National Board of Review

CarolCinderellaThe Danish GirlWINNER: Mad Max: Fury RoadThe Revenant

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max Fury Road Guitar Player Doof Warrior

WINNER: Mad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantSicarioStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing

Mad Max Fury Road Immortan Joe

Bridge of SpiesWINNER: Mad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantStar Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max Fury Road - Furiosa Wives and Nux

WINNER: Mad Max: Fury RoadThe 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedThe Revenant

Best Live-Action Short

Stutterer wins at the 2016 Oscars

Ave MariaDay OneEverything Will Be OkayShowWINNER: Stutterer

Best Animated Short

Bear Story wins at the 2016 Oscars

WINNER: Bear StoryPrologueSanjay’s Super TeamWe Can’t Live Without CosmosWorld of Tomorrow

Best Visual Effects

Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina

WINNER: Ex MachinaMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantStar Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Best Film Editing

Mad Max Fury Road - Max and Furiosa with guns

The Big ShortWINNER: Mad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantSpotlightStar Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Best Production Design

George Miller done making Mad Max films?

Bridge of SpiesThe Danish GirlWINNER: Mad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe Revenant

Best Documentary Short

A Girl in the River wins at the 2016 Oscars

Buddy Team 12Spectres of the ShoahWINNER: A Girl in the RiverLast Day of Freedom

Best Documentary Feature

Amy documentary wins at the 2016 Oscars

WINNER: AmyCartel LandThe Look of SilenceWhat Happened, Miss Simone?Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Foreign Language Film

Son of Saul - Golden Globes nominations

Colombia: Embrace of the SerpentFrance: MustangWINNER: Hungary: Son of SaulJordan: TheebDenmark: A War

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