88th Academy Awards

88th Academy Awards

February 28, 2016
February 28, 2016
Hollywood, Beverly Hills and more
Hollywood, Beverly Hills and more


The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2015 and took place on February 28, 2016,[2] at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, having begun at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST.[3] During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by David Hill and Reginald Hudlin and directed by Glenn Weiss.[4] Actor Chris Rock hosted the show for the second time, having previously hosted the 77th ceremony held in 2005.[5]

In related events, the Academy held its 7th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 14, 2015.[6] On February 13, 2016, in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by hosts Olivia Munn and Jason Segel.[7]

Mad Max: Fury Road won six awards, the most for the evening, and The Revenant won three out of 12 total nominations. Other winners include Spotlight, which won two, including Best Picture, with A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Amy, Bear Story, The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, Room, Son of Saul, Spectre, and Stutterer each winning one.

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Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical crime drama film directed by Tom McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Josh Singer.
Leonardo DiCaprio
bornNovember 11, 1974
Los Angeles, California, United States
Brie Larson
Actress and musician
bornOctober 1, 1989
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Mexican film director
bornAugust 15, 1963
Mexico City

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Christopher Julius "Chris" Rock III[5] (born February 7, 1965)[6][7] is an American actor, comedian, voice artist, director, writer, and producer.

After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film appearances, with roles in Down to Earth (2001), Head of State (2003), the Madagascar film series (2005–2012), Grown Ups (2010), its sequel Grown Ups 2 (2013), and Top Five (2014), and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO. He also developed, wrote, narrated, and executive produced the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009). Rock hosted the 77th Academy Awards in 2005 and will return as host for the 88th ceremony.

He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central. He was also voted in the United Kingdom as the ninth greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the eighth greatest stand-up comic.

Best Picture Winner

Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical crime drama film directed by Tom McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Josh Singer.[4][5] The film may follow The Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States,[6] and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. It is based on a series of stories by the real Spotlight Team that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.[7] The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d'Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup.[8]

Spotlight was shown in the Out of Competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.[9] It was also shown at the Telluride Film Festival and the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[10] The film was released on November 6, 2015, by Open Road Films. It won numerous guilds and critics' association awards, and was named one of the finest films of 2015 by various publications. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay from a total of six nominations at the 88th Academy Awards.

Winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio[1] (/dˈkæpri./; born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for numerous awards, and has won three Golden Globe Awards. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials, after which he had recurring roles in TV series such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains in the early 1990s. He began his film career by starring as Josh in Critters 3 before starring in the film adaptation of the memoir This Boy's Life (1993) alongside Robert De Niro. DiCaprio was praised for his supporting role in the drama What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), and gained public recognition with leading roles in the drama The Basketball Diaries (1995) and the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet (1996), before achieving international fame with James Cameron's epic romance Titanic (1997), which became the highest-grossing film to that point.

Since the 2000s, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. His subsequent films include The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002) and the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002) which also marked his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. DiCaprio was also acclaimed for his performances in the political war thriller Blood Diamond (2006), the neo-noir crime drama The Departed (2006), the espionage thriller Body of Lies (2008), the drama Revolutionary Road (2008), the psychological thriller Shutter Island (2010), the science fiction thriller Inception (2010), the biographical film J. Edgar (2011), the western Django Unchained (2012), and the period drama The Great Gatsby (2013).

DiCaprio's portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004) and Hugh Glass in The Revenant (2015) won him two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and his role as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) won him the award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He has also been nominated for six Academy Awards — five for acting and one for producing. In addition to acting, DiCaprio is the founder of his own production company, named Appian Way Productions. He is also a committed environmentalist.


Best Picture Nominees8

Best Director Nominees5

Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominees5

Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominees5

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees5

Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees5

Best Animated Featured Film Nominees5

Best Cinematography Nominees5

Best Costume Design Nominees5

Best Documentary (Feature) Nominees5

Best Documentary (Short Subject) Nominees5

Best Film Editing Nominees5

Best Foreign Language Film Nominees5

Best Makeup and Hairstyling Nominees3

Best Music (Original Score) Nominees5

Best Music (Original Song) Nominees5

Best Production Design Nominees5

Best Short Film (Animated) Nominees5

Best Short Film (Live Action) Nominees5

Best Sound Editing Nominees5

Best Sound Mixing Nominees5

Best Visual Effects Nominees5

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Nominees5

Best Writing (Original Screenplay) Nominees5


Featured Performers6

Notable Songs Performed4

In Memoriam39

Dolby Theatre
The Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) is a live-performance auditorium in the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex, on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, United States. Since its opening on November 9, 2001, the theater has hosted the Academy Awards ceremonies (the Oscars), initially held there in March 2002. It is the first permanent home for these annual awards ceremonies.

Notable Attendees418


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles5


Spotify - Featured Tracks5


News Articles11

88th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet
cbslocal.com  –  February 29, 2016
GettyImages-512915744 attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. 88th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artist Sam Smith attends the 88th Annual ...
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8 ABC kait8.com  –  March 12, 2016
The 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock, led the conversation on the diversity of nominees and winners. Check out pictures of winners and performers of the night. The 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock, led the conversation on the diversity of ...
11 wonderful reactions to Leo DiCaprio winning his first Oscar
bilbaoya.com  –  March 12, 2016
Comedian Chris Rock opened the 88th Academy Awards with a monologue that poked fun at the diversity controversy which has marred this year's ceremony. They're not going to cancel the Oscars because I quit. You got to figure that it happened in the '50s in ...
Oscars 2016: Chris Rock tears into racism debate in scathing opening monologue
Comment  –  March 12, 2016
The 88th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theater on Sunday night celebrating Hollywood's finest with Chris Rock playing host for the second time. "Jamie Foxx was so good in Ray that they went to the hospital and unplugged the real Ray Charles".
Oscars 2016 Highlights in Photos: The Big Winners & Best Moments
You Don't Know Football  –  March 12, 2016
The 88th Academy Awards were Sunday evening, and since the show was over three and half hours long, we compiled a list of the highs and lows so you can get your Oscar's fix in about 2 minutes. The Spotlight team also took the opportunity to address the ...
Englewood woman, Chris Rock's Girl Scout cookie rival: Oscars sale 'fun story'
theinsidekorea.com  –  March 12, 2016
During an endearing moment at last night's 88th Academy Awards, the host enlisted the help of a Girl Scout troop to sell the addictive cookies for cash to the deep-pocketed stars in attendance. She then cut to hundreds of boxes of Girl Scout cookies she ...
How Chris Rock Finally Handled OscarsSoWhite Controversy At The 88th Academy Awards
tjcnewspaper.com  –  March 12, 2016
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, who won for best adapted screenplay for “The Big Short“, spoke about the need for finance reform. The Oscars had an impact on social media with more than 7.2 million tweets being sent about the telecast. KEVIN Rudd has ...
Oscars 2016: In The Wake Of #OscarsSoWhite, White And Black People At ’88th Academy Awards’ Mocked Asians With Child Labor Joke
The Inquisitr  –  March 1, 2016
Last Sunday, February 28, 2016, the 88th Academy Awards took place. Millions of Americans across the United States tuned in to see who would go home with an Oscar this year. All eyes would be on Leonardo DiCaprio, an actor who for the past 12 years, was ...
Inside The 88th Academy Awards
CBS Denver  –  February 29, 2016
88th Annual Academy Awards - Show Members of the cast and producers of Spotlight accept the award for Best Picture at the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) 88th Annual Academy Awards - Show ...
88th Annual Academy Awards
CBS New York  –  February 29, 2016
88th Annual Academy Awards Cast and crew of 'Spotlight,' including actors Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, writer-director Tom McCarthy, actor Mark Ruffalo, producers Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, screenwriter Josh Singer, producer Michael Sugar ...
88th Annual Academy Awards
CBS DFW  –  February 27, 2016
88th Annual Academy Awards - Best Actress Brie Larson Actress Brie Larson accepts her award for Best Actress, Room on stage at the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo credit MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) 88th Annual Academy ...

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