[REVIEW] 88th Academy Awards

By Caitlin Mclaren - Culture Editor

The Oscars went down a storm as a year of film was celebrated in full style! There was a few shock winners but the most notable being – Leo finally got an Oscar!!!

The lengthy show had a selection of performances, award giving and speeches (most of which was pointing fun at those who participated in the #OscarsSoWhite campaign because of the lack of diversity amongst the awards).

Best Picture was one of the most difficult categories to pick from because of the raw talent involved. Snatching the award away was Spotlight as an impressive underdog! The film also managed to grab awards for Best Original Screenplay celebrating the film’s creative script.

Mad Max went down a storm winning a massive 6 awards including Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production Design, Best Make Up and Hair, Best Editing and Best Costume Design. Ex Machina pipped the film to grab the award for Best Visual Effects.

Unfortunately, Room only won one award and that was for Brie Larson’s performance as the lead female which won her Best Actress. I felt that the young Jacob Trembley was ignored during the nominations as his performance was outstanding. I felt Room was the most real film amongst all the films on the shortlist this year.

Best Original Song was handed to Sam Smith for Writing’s on the Wall in Spectre. He performed the song during a break and sounded exceptional but for me, Lady Gaga’s rendition of Till It Happens To You really stole the show as the emotional provoking song erupted throughout the ceremony leaving many in tears.

Revenant also did really well, grabbing awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography and obviously not to forget, everyone’s favourite, Leonardo Dicaprio scooping the award for Best Actor – an Oscar in which he has been chasing throughout most his film career.

Best Supporting Actor went to Mark Rylance for his role in Bridge of Spies and Best Supporting Actress Alicia Vikander managed to grab one for The Danish Girl. I would of guessed if Leo hadn’t gone through such a dry spell without his Oscar then maybe Redmayne could of arguably been worthy of Best Actor.

Something to mention would be the fact that Ali G turned up last night, stealing the show making numerous jokes following up from Chris Rock’s banter about the OscarsSoWhite campaign.


What did you think of the Oscars? Let us know at @UCLanPluto or leave a comment below!


About Caitlin Mclaren: Editor-in-Chief 119 Articles
I like writing, editing and making new mates. Newcomer of the Year 2016 Editor of the Year 2016 Editor of the Year 2017 Elected Media Officer of UCLan Students' Union 2017/18
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