The 88th annual Oscars ends with many deserving winners, though the live showing itself, was not as great as the years prior. Chris Rock was the host of this years Oscars and without any of his jokes about race, he would be standing in front of everyone completely and utterly silent. However, that aside, everyone was beautifully dressed and looked their sharpest as they presented as well as they won the Oscar.

635886039302299772-1836560720_Leonardo-DiCaprio-and-his-pal-OscarThere were many high hopes for Leonardo DiCaprio to win his Oscar this year, in which he finally did and gave an astonishing speech about his friends and family as well as his passion for the environment. DiCaprio won for Best Actor in a Leading role for The Revenant. Many were hoping for DiCaprio’s best friend and costar to also win the Oscar for The Revenant as best supporting actor, however, Tom Hardy lost that title to Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies. It was a given as the runner ups for best actress were women whom already have an Oscar, as well as women who highly deserve one, and this is why Brie Larsen takes home Best Actress in a Leading role for her performance in Room. Alicia Vikander takes home best supporting actress for The Danish Girl both deserving and great actresses.

Best picture went to Spotlight, in which many thought that either Mad Max: Fury Road  or The Martian was going to take home that gold statue. Although, Mad Max: Fury Road took home many awards, such as, Production Design (set decoration), Film Editing, Costume Design, Make-up, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. Where as The Martian went home empty-handed.

Best direction as well as Cinematography went to The Revenant, and was very deserving as DiCaprio states: “Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow,” [taken for cbc.ca] which shows that it wasn’t just a script, a bunch of cast and crew making a movie, it was more than that, it was hard work and passion that brought the movie to the big screen.

Adapted screenplay went to The Big Short and original screenplay went to Spotlight. Visual effects could have gone to any of the nominees, however Ex Machina took home the oscar. There were high hopes that The Hateful Eight would have taken home more than best Score, but it seemed that the problem with all the films nominated was that they were all worthy of an oscar and not every single one of them could get one. Best song went to Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith’s Writing’s on the Wall from Spectre. Foreign Language Film went to Hungarian film Son of Saul. Not as deserving as it should have been, best Animated Feature went to Inside Out, when Big Hero 6 was not even nominated and best Animated short went to Bear Story. Best documentary feature went to Amy which was deserving as it was an emotional roller coaster of a film to watch and best Documentary Short went to A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. Last but not least, best Live Action Short went to Stutterer.

With all of these wins to all of these deserving people, it must feel amazing to put so much work into a piece of art to be able to win the most astounding award possible for the art they’ve worked on. Congratulations to all the nominees as well, and a huge congratulations to all the winners.