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


See also: Best Picture

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

Best Director

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

The Revenant

See also: Best Actor

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

Best Actress


See also: Best Actress

Brie LarsonRoom
Cate BlanchettCarol
Jennifer LawrenceJoy
Charlotte Rampling45 Years
Saoirse RonanBrooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

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

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


See also: Best Original Screenplay

SpotlightJosh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Bridge of SpiesMatt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Ex MachinaAlex Garland
Inside Out — Screenplay by Pete Docter,Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original Story by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen
Straight Outta Compton — Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short

See also: Best Adapted Screenplay

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

Best Animated Feature

Inside Out

See also: Best Animated Feature

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

Best Foreign Language Film

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


See also: Best Documentary Feature

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

Best Documentary Short

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 and Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the LinesCourtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the ShoahAdam Benzine
Last Day of FreedomDee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Best Live Action Short


See also: Best Live Action Short

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

Best Animated Short

Bear Story

See also: Best Animated Short

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

Best Original Score

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


See also: Best Original Song

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

Best Cinematography

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

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

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 and Mary Jo Markey

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road

See also: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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

Best Production Design

Mad Max: Fury Road

See also: Best Production Design

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

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road

See also: Best Sound Editing

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

Best Sound Mixing

Mad Max: Fury Road

See also: Best Sound Mixing

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

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina

See also: Best Visual Effects

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

Honorary Awards

Jean Hersholdt Humanitarian Award

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