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Leo finally wins an Oscar – the winners and the upsets.

Before I start with the breakdown of the Oscars winners, we have to look at Chris Rock’s performance as host. Besides the bizarre ‘joke’ about Stacy Dash being a minority director, the comedian addressed #OscarsSoWhite head-on, infusing it with humour, without deflecting from the glaring lack of transformation at The Academy. Rock way trumped last year’s really rather watered down hosting of Ellen Degeneres.

Explaining why he and some others didn’t protest ahead of the awards, Rock said “We didn’t protest because we had real things to protest at the time. We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer.” Punch. And then, “Jada [Pinkett Smith] boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.” The Academy’s president Cheryl Boone Isaacs delivered a short address, promising to do do more to promote diversity, and quoting Martin Luther King. We’ll see what happens next year.

But on to the winners, and what I got right and wrong…

Best Picture: Spotlight” (I got it wrong)

Okay, okay, I got it way wrong. I though that The Academy would go for the technical genius of the film. But I’m not the only one. Nevertheless, Spotlight, is certainly not undeserving. It’s the true story about how good journalism can (almost) change the world. Goosebumps, nausea, and pure admiration for the tenacity of the Spotlight team at The Boston Globe, are what you’re left with after watching Spotlight. Read my review.

Director: The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu (I got it right)

No surprise here. Technically and visually perfect. Read my review.

Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant” (I got it right)

FINALLY! If Leo didn’t win for this superbly visceral role, the audience would probably have left. Very well deserved. Sixth time lucky.

Watch his acceptance speech:

Actress: Brie Larson, “Room” (I got it right)

She was the favourite to win for her phenomenal role as kidnap victim, “Ma”, willing to make any sacrifice for her son. Read my review.

Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies” (Almost right – it was one of my “should” wins)

One of the big upsets. Sylvester Stallone looked almost certain to win for his reprisal as Rocky Balboa in Creed. By Mark Rylance played the most human, gentle Russian spy the big screen has seen. Read my review of Bridge of Spies.

Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl” (I got it right)

The Swedish actress is heart breaking as the wife of an artist, who decides to undergo gender affirming surgery, one of the first such attempts. Read my review.

Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (I got it way wrong)

I’d voted for Room. That said, The Big Short made me understand the global financial crisis for the first time. It’s not easy explaining the sub-prime debacle in an entertaining and understandable way. Read my review.

Original Screenplay: Spotlight,” Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy (I got it right)

Cinematography: The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki (I got it right)

Mad Max: Fury Road almost cleaned up the technical awards, with six statues.

Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road,” Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (set decoration) (I got it right)

My action film of 2015. Read my review.

Film Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel (I got it right)

Visual Effects: Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett (I got it wrong)

I’m rather happy about being wrong in this category, because the philosophical science fiction drama, Ex Machina, is really something special .

Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan (I got it right)

Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin (I got it right)

Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White (I got it right)

Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo (I got it right)

Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo (I got it right)

Original Score: The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone (I got it wrong)

I still think Carol should have won this.

Song: Writing’s on the Wall,” from “Spectre,” Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul” (Hungary)

I’m really hoping that Cinema Nouveau might bring some of these to South Africa. None of them has screened here.

Animated Feature: Inside Out” (I got it right)

The most delightful animated film in a very, very long time. This is how to make an animated feature that is intelligently mature in its ability to appeal equally to adults and children. Read my review.

Documentary Feature: Amy

Another category that cinemas here don’t support.

Animated Short: Bear Story

Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Live Action Short: Stutterer

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