88th Academy Awards
Date February 28, 2016
Site Dolby Theatre
Hollywood, California
Host Chris Rock
Best Picture Spotlight
Most wins Mad Max: Fury Road (6)
Most nominations The Revenant (12)
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The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2015 and took place on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by David Hill and Reginald Hudlin. Actor Chris Rock hosted the show for the second time, having previously hosted the 77th Academy Awards held in 2005.

In November 2015, the Academy announced the three nominees that were later honored with an Academy Honorary Award: the actress Debbie Reynolds, film director Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands. Reynolds received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarion Award for her humanitarian efforts that have brought credit to the industry.

Nominations & Winners

On January 14, 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. The winners were announced on February 28, 2016, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Best Picture

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See also: Best Picture

SpotlightMichael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust
The Big ShortBrad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
Bridge of SpiesSteven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger
BrooklynFinola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
Mad Max: Fury RoadDoug Mitchell, George Miller
The MartianSimon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam
The RevenantArnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
RoomEd Guiney

Best Director

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The Revenant

See also: Best Director

Alejandro González IñárrituThe Revenant
Adam McKayThe Big Short
George MillerMad Max: Fury Road
Lenny AbrahamsonRoom
Tom McCarthySpotlight

Best Actor

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The Revenant

See also: Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprioThe Revenant
Bryan CranstonTrumbo
Matt DamonThe Martian
Michael FassbenderSteve Jobs
Eddie RedmayneThe Danish Girl

Best Actress

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See also: Best Actress

Brie LarsonRoom
Cate BlanchettCarol
Jennifer LawrenceJoy
Charlotte Rampling45 Years
Saoirse RonanBrooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

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Bridge of Spies

See also: Best Supporting Actor

Mark RylanceBridge of Spies
Christian BaleThe Big Short
Tom HardyThe Revenant
Mark RuffaloSpotlight
Sylvester StalloneCreed

Best Supporting Actress

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The Danish Girl

See also: Best Supporting Actress

Alicia VikanderThe Danish Girl
Jennifer Jason LeighThe Hateful Eight
Rooney MaraCarol
Rachel McAdamsSpotlight
Kate WinsletSteve Jobs

Best Original Screenplay

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See also: Best Original Screenplay

SpotlightJosh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Bridge of SpiesMatt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Ex MachinaAlex Garland
Inside OutPete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen
Straight Outta ComptonJonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus

Best Adapted Screenplay

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The Big Short

See also: Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big ShortCharles Randolph, Adam McKay
BrooklynNick Hornby
CarolPhyllis Nagy
The MartianDrew Goddard
RoomEmma Donoghue

Best Animated Feature

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Inside Out

See also: Best Animated Feature

Inside OutPete Docter, Jonas Rivera
AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Rosa Tran
Boy & the WorldAlê Abreu
Shaun the Sheep MovieMark Burton, Richard Starzak
When Marnie Was ThereHiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Foreign Language Film

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Son of Saul

See also: Best Foreign Language Film

Son of Saul from HungaryLászló Nemes
Embrace of the Serpent from ColombiaCiro Guerra
Mustang from FranceDeniz Gamze Ergüven
Theeb from JordanNaji Abu Nowar
A War from DenmarkTobias Lindholm

Best Documentary Feature

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See also: Best Documentary Feature

AmyAsif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
Cartel LandMatthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sorensen
What Happened, Miss Simone?Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for FreedomEvgeny Afineevsky, Den Tolmor

Best Documentary Short

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A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

See also: Best Documentary Short

A Girl in the River: The Price of ForgivenessSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Body Team 12David Darg, Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the LinesCourtney Marsh, Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the ShoahAdam Benzine
Last Day of FreedomDee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman

Best Live Action Short

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See also: Best Live Action Short

StuttererBenjamin Cleary, Serena Armitage
Ave MariaBasil Khalil, Eric Dupont
Day OneHenry Hughes
Everything Will Be OkayPatrick Vollrath
ShokJamie Donoughue

Best Animated Short

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Bear Story

See also: Best Animated Short

Bear StoryGabriel Osorio, Pato Escala
PrologueRichard Williams, Imogen Sutton
Sanjay's Super TeamSanjay Patel, Nicole Grindle
We Can't Live Without CosmosKonstantin Bronzit
World of TomorrowDon Hertzfeldt

Best Original Score

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The Hateful Eight

See also: Best Original Score

The Hateful EightEnnio Morricone
Bridge of SpiesThomas Newman
CarolCarter Burwell
SicarioJóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force AwakensJohn Williams

Best Original Song

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See also: Best Original Song

Spectre — "Writing's on the Wall" by Jimmy Napes, Sam Smith
Fifty Shades of Grey — "Earned It" by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville, Stephan Moccio
Racing Extinction — "Manta Ray" by J. Ralph, Antony Hegarty
Youth — "Simple Song #3" by David Lang
The Hunting Ground — "Til It Happens to You" by Lady Gaga, Diane Warren

Best Cinematography

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The Revenant

See also: Best Cinematography

The RevenantEmmanuel Lubezki
CarolEd Lachman
The Hateful EightRobert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury RoadJohn Seale
SicarioRoger Deakins

Best Costume Design

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Mad Max: Fury Road

See also: Best Costume Design

Mad Max: Fury RoadJenny Beavan
CarolSandy Powell
CinderellaSandy Powell
The Danish GirlPaco Delgado
The RevenantJacqueline West

Best Film Editing

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Mad Max: Fury Road

See also: Best Film Editing

Mad Max: Fury RoadMargaret Sixel
The Big ShortHank Corwin
The RevenantStephen Mirrione
SpotlightTom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force AwakensMaryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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Mad Max: Fury Road

See also: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury RoadLesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, Damian Martin
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedLove Larson, Eva von Bahr
The RevenantSiân Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini

Best Production Design

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Mad Max: Fury Road

See also: Best Production Design

Mad Max: Fury RoadColin Gibson, Lisa Thompson
Bridge of SpiesAdam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich
The Danish GirlEve Stewart, Michael Standish
The MartianArthur Max, Celia Bobak
The RevenantJack Fisk, Hamish Purdy

Best Sound Editing

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Mad Max: Fury Road

See also: Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury RoadMark Mangini, David White
The MartianOliver Tarney
The RevenantMartin Hernandez, Lon Bender
SicarioAlan Robert Murray
Star Wars: The Force AwakensMatthew Wood, David Acord

Best Sound Mixing

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Mad Max: Fury Road

See also: Best Sound Mixing

Mad Max: Fury RoadChris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, Ben Osmo
Bridge of SpiesAndy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Drew Kunin
The MartianPaul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth
The RevenantJon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, Chris Duesterdiek
Star Wars: The Force AwakensAndy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson

Best Visual Effects

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Ex Machina

See also: Best Visual Effects

Ex MachinaAndrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett
Mad Max: Fury RoadAndrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams
The MartianRichard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Steven Warner
The RevenantRich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith, Cameron Waldbauer
Star Wars: The Force AwakensRoger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould

Honorary Awards

Jean Hersholdt Humanitarian Award

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