The 88th annual Academy Awards kick off this weekend, honoring the best and brightest actors and filmmakers from the 2015 year in movies. As always, this year’s nominees cover a wide range of genres and performances, from over-the-top adventure that takes the audience along for the ride to subtle drama that affects the way we look at the world around us.
Over the course of Sunday’s award ceremony, we’ll bring you updates on the night’s big winners as they’re announced, so keep checking back here all evening to find out who’s taking home an Oscar. You can also get reacquainted with the nominees in each category via the photo galleries below.
It’s Hollywood’s biggest night, so make sure to let us know who you think should win in the comment section, and share your thoughts on which films and performances the Academy Awards voters chose to honor this year.
Best Picture | Best Lead Actor & Actress | Best Supporting Actor & Actress | Best Director
Best Motion Picture of the Year
The night’s biggest winner was director (and co-writer) Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, which brought a large crowd of the film’s cast and creative team to the stage to celebrate the film’s historic award. The story of a group of journalists who uncover a massive child-abuse scandal within the Catholic Church, Spotlight is based on the true story of the Boston Globe’s editorial team who challenged the church and shook the institution to its very core.
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
One of the biggest questions coming into this year’s ceremony was finally answered when Leonardo DiCaprio turned his sixth Oscar nomination into the Academy Award he’s been chasing for more than two decades. Along with thanking everyone involved with The Revenant, DiCaprio also brought attention to global climate change and called for a united approach to protecting the Earth.
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Her first Oscar nomination made Brie Larson a first-time Academy Award winner, and the star of Room offered a heartfelt thanks to everything and everyone from the film festivals that first screened the movie to the distributors, producers, and audiences for the acclaimed adaptation of screenwriter Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name.
Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Bridge of Spies actor Mark Rylance was the surprise winner in a category many had considered a lock for Creed actor Sylvester Stallone, but it was a well-deserved win for the veteran actor who’s received critical acclaim for his work on both the big screen and television in recent years.
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Widely predicted to take home the Oscar, Alicia Vikander offered up breathless thanks to everyone involved with The Danish Girl — including co-star and fellow nominee Eddie Redmayne — when she took home her first Academy Award on her first nomination.
Achievement in Directing
Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Yet another repeat winner, Alejandro González Iñárritu won the Academy Award for the second straight year in this category after winning for Birdman last time around. Iñárritu now has seven nominations divided among three films (The Revenant, Birdman, and Babel) as a writer and director.