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, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, having begun at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. 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. Actor Chris Rock hosted the show for the second time, having previously hosted the 77th ceremony held in 2005.
Leonardo DiCaprio is the 2016 Oscar Winner for Best Actor. In his acceptance speech, DiCaprio brought attention to global warming. He stated, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. We need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.” This is the first Academy Award for Leonardo DiCaprio. In the Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass. He is mauled by a grizzly and abandoned by his fellow trappers. Glass is driven by thoughts of his family and a desire for revenge as he endures the frigid winter and pursues the men who left him for dead.
Famed Italian composer Ennio Morricone just won the Oscar for Best Original Score for his work on Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight. It’s his first competitive Oscar after six nominations for Bugsy (1991), The Untouchables (1987), The Mission (1986) and Days of Heaven (1978). He won an Honorary Academy Award in 2007 for his achievements in the field. Morricone said while accepting his statue onstage: “There isn’t a great soundtrack without a great movie that inspires it.“.
Spotlight, directed by Tom McCarthy, is a 2016 Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay. The film also received 5 other nominations, including Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, and Film Editing. In 2001, the journalists of The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team begin investigating Father John Geoghan, who is accused of molesting more than 80 boys. As they dig deeper and acknowledge their paper’s own failings, the team uncovers a conspiracy of lawyers and government officials who helped the Boston Archdiocese hide the pedophilia of many priests and deny justice to the victims.