The glow of Spotlight
|1||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|2||The Revenant||3 wins|
In a year with few upsets in the major categories, the biggest was saved for the most important trophy, though calling Spotlight's best picture win an "upset" may be overstating matters a bit.
True, the vast majority of experts (and oddsmakers) predicted The Revenant to win best picture at the 88th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. But Spotlight, Tom McCarthy's fictionalized account of a Boston Globe investigation into the Catholic church's sex abuse scandal in the early 2000s, has been pegged as an Oscar frontrunner since its debut last fall, and in fact wound up winning more best picture awards than any other film in the past year.
Despite the upset, The Revenant certainly didn't go home empty handed, as its director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, picked up his fourth Oscar trophy in the past two years, while star Leonardo DiCaprio picked up his first career Academy Award, and Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki collected an unprecedented third straight win for cinematography. But the biggest winner on the night—in terms of quantity—was Mad Max: Fury Road. That film, a hit with fans and critics, nearly swept the technical categories en route to six trophies on the evening.
Below, find a complete list of this year's Oscar winners, followed by a look at how well experts and Metacritic users did with their Oscar predictions this year. You'll also find reviews of last night's broadcast from a variety of TV critics.
The winners and losers
Listed below are the 2016 Academy Award winners in each of the 24 categories, compared to the consensus predictions of industry experts (more on that below).
|Category||Predicted Winner||Actual Winner|
|Best Picture||The Revenant||Spotlight|
|Director|| Alejandro G. Iñárritu
|Alejandro G. Iñárritu
|Lead Actress|| Brie Larson
|Lead Actor|| Leonardo DiCaprio
|Supporting Actress|| Alicia Vikander
The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl
|Supporting Actor|| Sylvester Stallone
Bridge of Spies
|Original Screenplay|| Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
|Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
|Adapted Screenplay|| Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
The Big Short
|Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
The Big Short
|Animated Feature||Inside Out||Inside Out|
|Foreign-Language Feature||Son of Saul||Son of Saul|
|Animated Short||Sanjay's Super Team||Bear Story|
|Documentary Short||Body Team 12||A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness|
|Original Score|| Ennio Morricone
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
|Original Song|| "Til It Happens To You"
from The Hunting Ground
|"Writing's on the Wall"
|Cinematography|| Emmanuel Lubezki
|Costume Design||Mad Max: Fury Road||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|Film Editing|| Margaret Sixel
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road
|Makeup & Hairstyling||Mad Max: Fury Road||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|Production Design||Mad Max: Fury Road||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|Sound Editing||Mad Max: Fury Road||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|Sound Mixing||Mad Max: Fury Road||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|Visual Effects||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Ex Machina|
How accurate were the predictions?
Because so many of the experts we surveyed prior to the ceremony made such similar picks (agreeing with each other in so many of the categories), they were all thrown off by the few upsets and they didn't perform all that spectacularly as a group or individually. The expert consensus was correct in just 17 of the 24 categories, a less than 71% accuracy rate. (In the prior two years, by comparison, the experts had 20 and 21 correct picks.)
Out of the nearly 70 experts we surveyed, the four tied for the most accurate were:
- Jason Bailey of Flavorwire
- Adam Chitwood of Collider
- Dave Karger of Fandango, and
- Keith Simanton of IMDb, each with 19 of 24 (79%) correct
At the other end of the spectrum, the least accurate experts (among those making picks in all 24 categories) were:
- Neil Miller of Film School Rejects, with just 11 of 24 (46%) correct
- Sasha Stone of Awards Daily, with just 12 of 24 correct
As a group, Metacritic users actually outperformed the experts this year, correctly forecasting 18 of the 24 categories for a 75% accuracy rate. That's a huge improvement over our users' 58.3% rate the year before. The categories our users missed were the exact same ones that confounded the experts—short films, visual effects, supporting actor and best picture—though the users were able to correctly pick Sam Smith's theme from Spectre as the original song winner, something the experts mostly missed.
And our most accurate users were more successful than the top experts. Leading the pack out of the over 6,600 Metacritic users submitting picks this year were:
- Biyas Basak and one anonymous user, each with 21 of 24 (87.5%) correct
- Six users, including Samuel Baderdeen, David Webb, and Alexander Zhuravlev, with 20 of 24 correct
How was the telecast?
How did Chris Rock perform in his second stint as Oscar host? Did the broadcast do an adequate job addressing recent criticism about the Academy's lack of diversity? Did the ceremony actually end, or is it still going on? To answer those questions, we have rounded up TV critics' reviews of the show; click any link to read the full review.
Washington Post Hank Stuever
Sunday’s conflicted Oscars telecast ... turned out to be just as long as an unplanned stay on Mars and as self-satisfied as any other Oscar telecast of the last decade or so. Fury Road? More like Suppressed Anger Boulevard.
USA Today Robert Bianco
Still, the more important change was something the producers could not control: the controversy and unhappiness this year's slate of nominees produced. Did Rock come back to that point more often than may have been wise, and more often than some watching at home may have liked? Perhaps. But considering how boring some hosts have been, it was a nice change of pace to have one who was angry. Not to mention funny, pointed and gasp-inducing.
The Hollywood Reporter Daniel Fienberg
It was a funny monologue and Rock was funny in a capacity that, as always happens in these shows, grew more and more minimal as he went along.
Variety Brian Lowry
Meeting the high expectations the build-up engendered, Chris Rock brilliantly threaded the needle with his opening monologue. After addressing the elephant in the room, however, the producers and host went back to that issue a few times too many (and less sharply), in a telecast that yielded periodic highlights but couldn’t overcome the Academy Awards’ habit of feeling mostly inert.
The New York Times James Poniewozik
Though the show was energized by Mr. Rock’s comedy, it still dragged, with oddly staged bits like a performance by the Weeknd of “Earned It” that featured an aerial performer. ... The problem with the Oscarcast is simple and constant: It’s too long.
Time Daniel D’Addario
For so many years, the Oscars had felt too smooth; the biggest problem with Harris’s hosting gig last year was his rigid adherence to the puns he’d prescripted. Rock’s Oscars felt gloriously messy in the manner of Oscar ceremonies from years ago, long before slickness became a requirement.
HitFix Alan Sepinwall
[Rock] was the perfect host for the night, and if the show itself was imperfect, that lay more on the usual Oscar bloat than on the host's excellent performance.
Deadline Jeremy Gerard
The show itself was glamorous, well-paced and, despite Rock’s genial efforts, dull. The rare glimmer of life came from the few upsets.
San Francisco Chronicle David Wiegand
Chris Rock, wearing a white dinner jacket, delivered what will be one of the most remembered opening monologues in the 88-year history of the Oscars on Sunday night from the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. It was funny, it was smart and, most of all, when you stopped laughing, it should have made you think. No one could have asked for more.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Rob Owen
Rock ... proved to be a smart, shrewd, equal-opportunity mocker.
The Daily Beast Kevin Fallon
It’s hard to remember another Oscar monologue that made observations about our culture this sharp, that was this ruthless in its reckoning with what is simultaneously the most vapid industry in the world and also one of the most important and influential. It wasn’t easy to watch. That became acutely clear every time the camera cut to white celebrities in the audience for reaction shots and you could see the panic as they attempted to figure out how hard they’re allowed to laugh. (My personal highlights of the monologue.)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Gail Pennington
Rock['s] monologue ... was fast, furious and funny. ... Otherwise, this Academy Awards show was typically bloated with filler and silliness, although presenters' banter seemed marginally smarter than usual.
Yahoo Ken Tucker
The opening monologue was uneven, as it almost had to be.
People Tom Gliatto
Last night was probably the most pointedly satirical Oscars ever. (Perhaps the “only” pointedly satirical Oscars ever.) It was also a terrific show.
TheWrap Amber Dowling
For once, the opening monologue highlighted the host’s strengths and allowed him to do what he does best. ... Unfortunately the momentum of Rock’s opening was lost by the time the first presenters, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt, took the stage, proving once again that pairing random actors to read off a teleprompter isn’t always the best idea.
What do you think?
Were you happy with the Academy's choices? What did you think of the telecast, and Chris Rock's hosting job? Let us know in the comments section below.