Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar

Winners and highlights from the 88th Academy Awards

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 29 Feb 2016

2016 Oscars roundup
Photo: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY NETWORK/TPG Images

It's about damn time Leonardo DiCaprio won an Academy Award and we're not surprised that his performance in The Revenant earned him a golden trophy (the bear-fighting and bison liver-eating? Worth it). The actor accepted his award with a moving speech about climate change.

"Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat affecting our entire species," Leo said. Watch his full speech below.

Kate Winslet's reaction to Leo's speech was priceless (and summed up how Leo fans felt at the moment) and we're also enjoying the memes that flooded the internet within seconds of the announcement.

In all seriousness, The Revenant also received an award for Best Cinematography while nabbing director Alejandro González Iñárritu an award for Best Director for the second year in a row. Leading the list of winners is George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road that snagged five awards for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hair, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

In a clear upset victory, Tom McCarthy's controversial film Spotlight won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay beating The Revenant, The Martian, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road, Brooklyn and The Big Short. Spotlight was the underdog no one expected to win, throwing off The Revenant's big night.

Alicia Vikander received Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl (a must-watch) and Ex Machina, in which Alicia was a humanoid robot, won Best Visual Effects. And let's not forget Brie Larson who beat Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence to win Best Actress for Room. Clearly, it was a big deal for her.

The eventful night didn't just belong to Leo as Lady Gaga also had her fair share of the limelight, performing a powerful rendition of her song Till It Happens to You. She co-wrote the song for documentary film The Hunting Ground and earned a nomination for Best Original Song, but lost to Sam Smith's Writing's On The Wall for Bond film Spectre.

Seated at an ivory piano, Gaga was joined onstage by other rape survivors who each had a message scribbled on their forearms. She dedicated her performance to Kesha's fight to free herself from her music contract.

Meanwhile, Sam Smith took the opportunity to dedicate his Best Original Song win to the LGBT community.

See the full list of winners below and click here to see a list that includes the nominees.

Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Original Screenplay: Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Cinematography: The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki
Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road, Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (set decoration)
Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
Visual Effects: Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan
Makeup and Hair: Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin Sound
Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White
Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Score: The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Best Original Song: Writing’s on the Wall, from Spectre, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (Hungary)
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Best Documentary Feature: Amy
Best Animated Short: Bear Story
Best Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
BLive Action Short: Stutterer

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