Finally Leonardo DiCaprio won the best actor award at the Oscar after six nominations for the epic film The Revenant. Brie Larson was given the Best Actress award for the film Room. The most number of awards was picked by Mad Max: Fury Road, it won the most number of awards bagging six honors. Meanwhile Mark Rylance grabbed the best supporting actor award and Briton Sam Smith scoring for the best original song.
Despite the glitz and glamour, the awards ceremony was no attended by prominent figures in the industry. The reason stated was the racist color of the awards. This year all the 20 nominees for best acting and supporting acting category were whites. While launching the ceremony host Chris Rock commented on the controversy stating, “counted at least 15 black people” in the montage that opened the ceremony, before welcoming people to the “white People’s Choice awards”.
Speaking further Rock said that he could count just 15 black people in the crowd and welcomed the gathering to an all white people’s choice awards ceremony. He also quipped that even the host’s job was not offered to them. Adding to this he asked the crowd if they want to know if Hollywood is turning racist. He calls it a different type of discrimination calling it sorority.
Mad Max: Fury Road was nominated for best director and best costume designer, George Miller and Jenny Beavan respectively, both of whom are British. It is worth noting here that The Revenant won 3 out of the 12 nominations. The best director award was given to Alejandro Inarritu and Emmanuel Lubezki was awards for cinematography, his third consecutive award. He won it in 2014 for Gravity and the 2015 for Birdman.
Leonardo DiCaprio received the award amidst standing ovation after he finally walked up the stage to pick his award after missing five acting nominations and a producer nomination earlier.