'Mad Max' Sweeps Below-the-Line, 'Spotlight' Best Picture: Full List of 2016 Oscar Winners

Oscar night has finally come! We're here to bring you our coverage of the nominees as well as up-to-date information on who goes home with a golden statue.

Here are the nominees and winners (in bold) for each category:

Best Picture

  • The Big Short — Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
  • Bridge of Spies — Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger
  • Brooklyn — Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
  • Mad Max: Fury Road — Doug Mitchell and George Miller
  • The Martian — Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam
  • The Revenant — Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon
  • Room — Ed Guiney
  • Spotlight — Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust [WINNER]


  • Adam McKay — The Big Short
  • George Miller — Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu — The Revenant [WINNER]
  • Lenny Abrahamson — Room
  • Tom McCarthy  Spotlight

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  • Ed Lachman — Carol
  • Robert Richardson — The Hateful Eight
  • John Seale — Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Emmanuel Lubezki — The Revenant [WINNER]
  • Roger Deakins — Sicario

Want to know more about the cinematography in these Oscar-nominated films?

Film Editing

  • The Big Short — Hank Corwin
  • Mad Max: Fury Road — Margaret Sixel [WINNER]
  • The Revenant — Stephen Mirrione
  • Spotlight — Tom McArdle
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

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Adapted Screenplay

  • Brooklyn — Nick Hornby
  • The Big Short — Adam McKay and Charles Randolph [WINNER]
  • Carol — Phyllis Nagy
  • The Martian — Drew Goddard
  • Room — Emma Donoghue

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Original Screenplay

  • Bridge of Spies — Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Ex Machina — Alex Garland
  • Inside Out — Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmin
  • Spotlight — Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy [WINNER]
  • Straight Outta Compton — Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus, Andrea Berloff

Want to know more about these nominees for Best Original Screenplay?

Animated Feature Film

  • Anomalisa — Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
  • Boy and the World — Alê Abreu
  • Inside Out — Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie — Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
  • When Marnie Was There — Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

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Costume Design

  • Carol — Sandy Powell
  • Cinderella — Sandy Powell
  • The Danish Girl — Paco Delgado
  • Mad Max: Fury Road — Jenny Beavan [WINNER]
  • The Revenant — Jacqueline West

Want to know more about the costume design for these nominees?

Visual Effects

  • Ex Machina — Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett [WINNER]
  • Mad Max: Fury Road — Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
  • The Martian — Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
  • The Revenant — Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould 

Want to know more about the VFX in these Oscar-nominated films?

Original Score

  • Bridge of Spies — Thomas Newman
  • Carol — Carter Burwell
  • The Hateful Eight — Ennio Morricone [WINNER]
  • Sicario — Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens — John Williams

Want to know more about how to craft an Oscar-worthy score?

Sound Editing

  • Mad Max: Fury Road — Mark Mangini and David White [WINNER]
  • The Martian — Oliver Tarney
  • The Revenant — Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
  • Sicario — Alan Robert Murray
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound Mixing

  • Bridge of Spies — Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
  • Mad Max: Fury Road — Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo [WINNER]
  • The Martian — Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
  • The Revenant — Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Original Song

  • "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]

Documentary Feature

  • Amy — Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees [WINNER]
  • Cartel Land — Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
  • The Look of Silence — Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • What Happened, Miss Simone — Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom — Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Want to know more about these doc nominees?

Documentary Short Subject

  • A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness — Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy [WINNER]
  • Body Team 12 – David Darg and Bryn Mooser
  • Chau, Beyond the Lines — Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
  • Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah — Adam Benzine
  • Last Day of Freedom — Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Makeup & Hairstyling

  • Mad Max: Fury Road — Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, Damian Martin [WINNER]
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared — Love Larson, Eva von Bahr
  • The Revenant — Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini

Animated Short Film

  • Bear Story — Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
  • Prologue — Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
  • Sanjay's Super Team — Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
  • We Can't Live without Cosmos — Konstantin Bronzit
  • World of Tomorrow — Don Hertzfeldt

Live Action Short Film

  • Ave Maria — Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
  • Day One — Henry Hughes
  • Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut) —  Patrick Vollrath
  • Shok — Jamie Donoughue
  • Stutterer — Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage [WINNER]

Best Actor

  • Brian Cranston — Trumbo
  • Matt Damon — The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio — The Revenant [WINNER]
  • Michael Fassbender — Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne — The Danish Girl

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett — Carol
  • Brie Larson — Room [WINNER]
  • Jennifer Lawrence — Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling — 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan — Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

  • Christian Bale — The Big Short
  • Tom Hardy — The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo — Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance — Bridge of Spies [WINNER]
  • Sylvester Stallone — Creed

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh — The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara — Carol
  • Rachel McAdams — Spotlight
  • Alicia Vikander — The Danish Girl [WINNER]
  • Kate Winslet — Steve Jobs

Foreign Language Film

  • Embrace of the Serpent — Colombia; Directed by Ciro Guerra
  • Mustang — France; Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  • Son of Saul — Hungary; Directed by László Nemes [WINNER]
  • Theeb — Jordan; Directed by Naji Abu Nowar
  • A War — Denmark; Directed by Tobias Lindholm

Production Design

  • Bridge of Spies — Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich (Set Decoration)
  • The Danish Girl — Eve Stewart (Production Design); Michael Standish (Set Decoration)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road — Colin Gibson (Production Design); Lisa Thompson (Set Decoration) [WINNER]
  • The Martian — Arthur Max (Production Design); Celia Bobak (Set Decoration)
  • The Revenant — Jack Fisk (Production Design); Hamish Purdy (Set Decoration)

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I'm glad to see Don Hertzfeldt at least got a nomination for Animated Short. I don't think he will win, as much of his past work was even better. But at least he's been recognized.

Sicario is not nominated for Best Movie, and Denis Villeneuve is not nominated for best director for Sicario. So, I won't be watching. I expect George Miller should win Best Director for Mad Max, and I won't complain about it. He did a fantastic job.

Alejandro González Iñárritu is probably going to win for The Revenant, and Leonardo DiCaprio will probably win best actor. Both were not best. Why watch.

February 28, 2016 at 5:18PM, Edited February 28, 6:05PM

Gene Nemetz
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completely agreed, George Miller should have won, and Michael Fassbender should have won, he was a way better actor than Leonardo DiCaprio. But you got to keep your fanbase of people who grew up reading BOP and J14 happy, am I right or am I right?

February 28, 2016 at 9:42PM


I think the right people won tonight. No way was Leo going home empty handed. The cinematography in Mad Max was pretty mind blowing and I think should have won, but I also thought it was a terrible movie with even worse directing. This is coming from someone who's favorite movie of all time is The Road Warrior too.

February 28, 2016 at 11:28PM

Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor

"worse directing", so if the movie doesn't deal with misery, sadness, or drama, it's horribly directed. Agree to disagree

February 29, 2016 at 4:40AM


I thought it was terribly directed because the acting to me was laughable. I totally agree that its stupid how in order to win an Oscar or be nominated for one there has to be stupid drama and crying crap. Why aren't actors and actresses in horror films even nominated? Some horror flicks have amazing acting in them.

February 29, 2016 at 3:53PM, Edited February 29, 3:54PM

Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor

Leonardo DiCaprio won for the world wide lobby, not for his performance. I like to see that the tremendous technical development of Mad Max was notices, and its original costume design.
Spotlight won because is an Oscar movie: hot topic, good script, with a bit of 'indie', and smartness so the Academy can say 'see? we are smart, we like good movies'.

February 29, 2016 at 7:22AM

Abi Stricker

I think Inarritu was for sure not worse than Miller. I slightly rate Inarritue higher, but Miller was on the same level & it wouldn't be underserved if he won.

Lack of nomination for Sicario is shameful, but the biggest shame is "Spotlight" winning.

February 29, 2016 at 7:33AM

Andy Tokarski
Director, Editor, Colorist

Although I would've liked to see Deakins finally win for Sicario, one cannot congratulate Chivo enough on making history. I thought The Revenant was somewhat lackluster as a whole, but he just keeps pushing film forward as a medium and further cements his position, with every new film, as one of the greatest cinematographers of all time.

February 28, 2016 at 9:25PM

Oscar Stegland

meanwhile deakins has lost 13 times, even though lubezki deserved it. and ennio morricone won his first oscar in over 40 years

February 28, 2016 at 9:40PM


...aaand Deakins lost again. Fuck the Oscars.

February 28, 2016 at 10:14PM

Terma Louis
Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor

Who cares? it really doesn't matter. He still gets the pick of top tier films and directors.

February 28, 2016 at 10:21PM

Nathan T

I think Chivo was better this year, but for sure Deakins really deserves to win.

February 29, 2016 at 6:49AM

Andy Tokarski
Director, Editor, Colorist

I know rigggggght. Poor man

February 29, 2016 at 7:08PM


I'm very perplexed about the best picture winner. Spotlight is a decent flick but I don't think it represents the idea and the dream of movies. It's a half-movie that mildly entertains and a half-documentary that superficially informs, with a underused great cast thrown in just to lure people to the theaters. I don't think it incarnates what movies are about. I think it was one if not THE worst nominéé. I also think The Sound of Silence was the better documentary by far. I'm very happy for Brie Larson, though.

February 29, 2016 at 1:05AM

David R. Falzarano
Director / Writer / Editor

Finally! I think he deserved it like noone else, after all these years.

February 29, 2016 at 3:43AM


Spotlight was one of the worst nominated movies in terms of filmmaking. It had amazing script & hot topic, but imo it should not be enough to get Oscar...Either "The Revenant", "Mad Max" or "The Big Short" deserved to win it. Spotlight is just like one of the episodes from TV series, great one, but not Oscar level. I agree with all Oscars, besides The Best Picture. I think it was a political decision more than filmmaking one. I would even not give it nomination & give it rather to "Ex Machina" or "Sicario".

I mostly agree with other choices of Academy. Only this one, sadly the most important one is a shame.

February 29, 2016 at 6:22AM, Edited February 29, 6:22AM

Andy Tokarski
Director, Editor, Colorist

This is a very novelle vague thing to say, but do you know how workforce was used in Mad Max? I mean, coming from a third world country myself, and being a filmmaker, I´ve had some experience close to Hollywood productions in my country, Bolivia. And the least I can say is that the relativeness of big-budget low-budget, can be easily noticed in these cases. A low budget for Hollywood is still an ubelievabely huge budget in Bolivia. Actors have enough money for daily booze and daily cocaine, and they also have the status, unlike anyone else, that allows them to pick-up like in a porno. And fuck anything that moves they do. My point being. How did they use labour, and what´s Mad Max´s low budget actually worth in Namibia. What I know is that they paid 33$us in taxes... Productionwise, and in today´s standards, aren´t they modern day slavers? I don´t know, I´d love more info about this, but I think the Jenny Beavan controversy goes around these muddy lakes...

February 29, 2016 at 12:56PM

Gilmar Gonzales
Screenwriter, editor, producer

This forum sounds like parents arguing over their childs performance in a football game...awards don't matter guys

February 29, 2016 at 2:13PM


OH MY GOD! John, how have you been, I haven't seen you since Raising Arizona!

February 29, 2016 at 7:07PM


haha...you been under a rock I see

March 2, 2016 at 3:04PM


Why do you think so? I think they matter a lot. I would like to know your opinion why they don't matter.

March 1, 2016 at 5:02AM

Andy Tokarski
Director, Editor, Colorist

If you love something for the obvious reason of loving it then why would awards matter??
I know some answers...makes you feel validated, boosts your career, cements you in history, etc. All things that the ego lives off of and what distracts true art from being expressed (and keeps gossip, envy, and prejudice alive). Man likes to think they are solely responsible for their creations but the truly wise understand they are a channel; a medium that expresses beauty and truth from a higher source. Awards are nice and cute but all-in-all...meaningless (I know there are several winners who don't even know where they're statues are or have them stashed away somewhere)
To each their own I suppose.

March 2, 2016 at 3:14PM