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“Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith.” And the award for best actor goes to…Leonardo Di Caprio, “The Revenant.” Finally, Leo gets his elusive Oscar and receives a long, standing ovation.
He gives a shout out to Tom Hardy, who grins from the crowd; director Alejandro Iñárritu; Michael Caton-Jones, the first director to cast him in a film; as well as the predictable ones, i.e. [What Leonardo Di Caprio said when he finally won an Oscar] He ends on an environmental note, as he tends to do: “Let us not take this planet for granted,” Leo said, noting that the film crew had to journey to the southernmost tip of the planet to find a place to film with enough snow because last year was the hottest on record.
” He faced stiff competition, namely Ralph Fiennes in “Schindler’s List” and Tommy Lee Jones in “The Fugitive.” Di Caprio was still relatively new to major motion pictures, and that was evident in presenter Marisa Tomei’s continental pronunciation: “Dee Cahprio.” Anyway, Jones won. Brie Larson, “Room.” This is the first Oscar for the 26-year-old former child actor who has burst onto the scene in recent years with buzzy roles in both indie movies, such as “Short Term 12,” and blockbusters, like “21 Jump Street” and “Trainwreck.” “I want to start big,” Larson said after accepting her award.
The biggest award of Oscars evening went to “Spotlight,” which pulled out a win for best picture in a very split year.
The Tom Mc Carthy-directed film won one trophy early in the night for best original screenplay, though as the evening progressed, momentum seemed to be with “The Revenant,” which won best cinematography, director and lead actor.
But the journalism drama prevailed and became the sixth best picture winner in history to only win two awards on Oscar night, and the first since 1952.
The film already won an Oscar tonight for best original screenplay.“This film gave a voice to survivors and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican,” the producers said while accepting the trophy.Elsewhere the acting prizes were fairly predictable, including Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) as supporting actress; Brie Larson (“Room”) as lead actress; Alejandro Iñárritu as director (“The Revenant”); and Leonardo Di Caprio (“The Revenant”) finally clinching lead actor.[Chris Rock delivered the medicine to a so-white Oscars, but was it strong enough?
] Meanwhile, dystopian blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” swept the technical prizes, ending up the biggest winner of the night with six awards.
The most prestigious award of the night goes to “Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into decades of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.