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Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Our clean sweep at the Oscars

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It was six in a row for George Miller’s epic Mad Max: Fury Road, as the film swept the technical awards.

Eight of the 13 Mad Max winners were Australians, while two of the awards were presented to the film’s crew by fellow Aussies Cate Blanchett and Margot Robbie, who could barely contain their hometown pride.

Another notable moment came when Mad Max sound editor Mark Mangini raised his arm and yelled “F— yeah” before accepting his award.

The F-bomb was such a surprise even Channel Nine’s censors didn’t catch it before it hit the live broadcast.

Backstage, Mangini  expressed regret, telling Entertainment Weekly: “I’m gonna hear it from my wife, so that’s about as big a regret as one can have.”

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His Australian co-winner David added:  “It’s pretty intense up there, you know… It’s typically Australians that do the swearing. So the fact that I didn’t swear, I deserve the Oscar just for that.”

The Mad Max reboot had 10 nominations (the most for any Aussie film ever) all up, while, Alejandro González Iñárritu (who won best director last year for Birdman) took home best director again and swept 12 nominations for The Revenant.

DiCaprio and Inarritu are both likely to take home an Oscar. Photo: Gett
DiCaprio and Inarritu both took home an Oscar. Photo: Getty

Despite laughing all the way to the bank, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was snubbed completely, winning zero from five nominations.

Journalism film Spotlight was a surprising best picture win ahead of its blockbuster competition, while Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio were shoe-ins for best actress and best actor respectively.

At 87, Ennio Morricone became the oldest Oscar winner ever, winning best score for Quentin Tarantino’s latest film The Hateful Eight after five fruitless nominations. He accepted in Italian with the help of a translator.

Here are all the winners in each category:

Best Film

Nominees: 

Spotlight

The Revenant

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Big Short

The Martian

Room

Brooklyn

Winner: Spotlight

On the same day Australian Cardinal George Pell began giving evidence to the abuse royal commission, Spotlight, the story of the Boston Globe investigative journalists who uncovered child sex abuse in the Catholic Church won best picture. The cast and crew took the opportunity to call for the church to stop protecting its priests and start protecting children. It was a redeeming win for the film, after Mark Ruffalo missed out on best supporting actor and Rachel McAdams best supporting actress.

Not exactly a shock win, but Spotlight had heady competition with Mad Max and The Revenant.
Not exactly a shock win, but Spotlight had heady competition with Mad Max and The Revenant.

Best Actress

Nominees:

Brie Larson – Room

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Cate Blanchett – Carol

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Winner: Brie Larson – Room

First-time nominee, Larson was the leading contender for best actress ahead of Brooklyn’s 21-year old Soairse Ronan.

Brie Larson played a woman trapped by a rapist for five years in Room.
Brie Larson played a woman trapped by a rapist for seven years with a young son in Room.

Best Actor

Nominees: 

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Matt Damon – The Martian

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Everyone could feel this one coming. Sat in the front row, it was a short walk for DiCaprio to accept his first ever Oscar after five nominations. DiCaprio was old school and articulate in his thank you speech, praising director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “transcendental” film and using his soapbox to draw attention to an issue close to his heart – climate change. “Don’t take this world for granted – I won’t take this night for granted,” he said.

Leonardo DiCaprio was the crowd favourite to finally take home best actor.
Leonardo DiCaprio was the crowd favourite to finally take home best actor.

Best Director

Nominees:

The Big Short

The Revenant

Spotlight

Room

Mad Max: Fury Road

Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant

Inarritu beat out George Miller to take home Best Director.
Inarritu beat out George Miller to take home Best Director.

Best Original Screenplay

Nominees:

Bridge of Spies

Spotlight

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Straight Outta Compton

Winner: Spotlight

Spotlight’s respectful treatment of weighty subject matter (sexual abuse in the Catholic Church) has earned it Hollywood kudos.

Spotlight tells the story of the Boston Globe investigative journalists who uncovered abuse in the Catholic Church.
Spotlight tells the story of the Boston Globe investigative journalists who uncovered abuse in the Catholic Church.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominees:

Carol

The Big Short

Brooklyn

The Martian 

Room

Winner: The Big Short

Ensemble comedy The Big Short details the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis.
Ensemble comedy The Big Short satirises the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis in America.

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees:

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara – Carol

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Winner: Alicia Vikander – Room

While Eddie Redmayne is a long shot to take out best actor for The Danish Girl, newcomer Alicia Vikander was a hot pick for supporting actress.

Alicia Vikander won with her first nomination for The Danish Girl.
Breakout Swedish actress Alicia Vikander won with her first nomination for The Danish Girl.

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees:

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Winner: Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Mark Rylance played a KGB agent in the Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies. Rylance has been historically a small-screen actor, but when he missed out on the lead for the Coen Brother’s 2009 film A Serious Man, he decided to hire an agent and get serious.

Mark Rylance was a shock win for Best Supporting Actor ahead of Sylvester Stallone and Mark Ruffalo.
Mark Rylance was a shock win for Best Supporting Actor ahead of Sylvester Stallone and Mark Ruffalo.

Best Costume Design

Nominees:

Carol

Cinderella

Mad Max: Fury Road

Danish Girl

The Revenant

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Costume design was the first of a hot streak for Mad Max: Fury Road in the technical categories.

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Best Production Design

Nominees:

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Makeup and hair was the Aussie production's second win of the night.
Production design was the Aussie production’s second win of the night.

Best Makeup and Hairstyle

Nominees:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

The 100-year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Makeup was tipped to go to The Revenant after a publicity campaign made much of the painstaking process of creating DiCaprio’s injuries, but Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin (all Australian) took the honour.

Hair and makeup made it a hat trick for George Miller's Mad Max reboot.
Hair and makeup made it a hat trick for George Miller’s Mad Max reboot.

Best Cinematography

Nominees:

The Hateful Eight

The Revenant

Sicario

Carol

Mad Max: Fury Road

Winner: The Revenant

The Revenant was shot in extreme conditions in Alberta, Canada.
The Revenant was shot in extreme conditions in Alberta, Canada, and was widely tipped to win this gong.

Best Editing

Nominees:

The Big Short

Spotlight

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Mad Max: Fury Road

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

The fourth win of the night for Mad Max was for editing.
The fourth win of the night for Mad Max: Fury Road was for editing.

Best Sound Editing

The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Mad Max: Fury Road

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road – Mark Mangini and David White

For its fifth and sixth awards for the night, Mad Max took out both Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.
For its fifth and sixth awards for the night, Mad Max took out both Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

Best Sound Mixing

Nominees:

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road – Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

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Best Original Song

Nominees:

‘Earned It,’ Fifty Shades of Grey

‘Manta Ray,’ Racing Extinction

‘Simple Song #3,’ Youth

‘Til It Happens To You,’ The Hunting Ground

‘Writing’s On The Wall,’ Spectre

Winner: ‘Writing’s On The Wall,’ Spectre

Songwriter Jimmy Napes (L) and singer-songwriter Sam Smith with their award for 'Writing's on the Wall'.
Songwriter Jimmy Napes (L) and singer-songwriter Sam Smith with their award for ‘Writing’s on the Wall’.

Best Visual Effects

Nominees:

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Winner: Ex Machina – Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Ex Machina was the first shock win of the night, taking Best Visual Effects with a $15 million budget ahead of two films with $150 million budgets: The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road. 

Futuristic flick Ex Machina took home
Futuristic flick Ex Machina took home best visual affects in a tight category.

Best Animated Short

Nominees:

Bear Story

Prologue

Sanjay’s Super Team

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

Winner: Bear Story

Bear Story is the first Oscar win for the country of Chile.
Bear Story is the first Oscar win ever for Chile.

Best Animated Feature

Nominees:

Anomalisa

The Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Winner: Inside Out

Pixar's latest, Inside Out, was a safe bet for best animated feature.
Pixar’s latest, Inside Out, was a safe bet for best animated feature.

Best Documentary Short

Nominees:

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Body Team 12

Chau, Beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Last Day of Freedom

Winner: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Comedian Louis CK jokingly announced “Mad Max: Fury Road“, before announcing it was actually Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy – her second Oscar win.

eligiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan
A Girl in the River is about religiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan.

Best Documentary Feature

Nominees:

Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Winner: Amy

Heartbreaking documentary Amy gave an unprecedented look into Amy Winehouse’s fall from grace.

Amy detailed the tragic life of talented musician Amy Winehouse.
Amy detailed the tragic life of talented musician Amy Winehouse.

Best Live Action Short

Nominees:

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Shok

Stutterer

Winner: Strutterer

Strutterer details inner thoughts are rendered mute by a crippling stutter .
Strutterer details a man whose inner thoughts are rendered mute by a crippling stutter.

Best Foreign Film

Nominees:

Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)

A War (Denmark)

Mustang” (France)

Son Of Saul (Hungary)

Theeb (Jordan)

Winner: Son of Saul

Son of Saul tells the story of a Hungarian prisoner who tries to find a Rabbi to bury his son.
Son of Saul tells the story of a Hungarian prisoner who tries to find a Rabbi to bury his son.

Best Score

Nominees:

The Hateful Eight

Carol

Bridge of Spies

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sicario

Winner: Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight

Morricone became the oldest Oscar winner ever at 87.
Morricone became the oldest Oscar winner ever at 87.

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