Who won and who lost at the 2016 Academy Awards

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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


Winner: Spotlight

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 RevenantBirdman, and Babel) as a writer and director.

Visual Effects | Cinematography | Film Editing | Production Design | Costume Design | Makeup & Hairstyling

Achievement in Visual Effects

Achievement in Visual Effects Ex Machina

Winner: Ex Machina

Alex Garland’s sleeper hit Ex Machina took home its first Academy Award on the night for its brilliant use of visual effects in turning Oscar-nominated actress Alicia Vikander into an artificially intelligent android who made the film’s characters — and the audience — question the nature of humanity.

Achievement in Cinematography


Winner: The Revenant 

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki pulled a three-peat with his third win in a row in the category after taking home Academy Awards for Birdman and Gravity in previous years.

Achievement in Film Editing


Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max editor Margaret Sixel continued the film’s winning ways when she accepted the fourth Oscar for Fury Road and contributed to a very good night for George Miller’s wasteland epic.

Achievement in Production Design


Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller’s post-apocalyptic thrill ride secured yet another Oscar for its fantastic sets and production design, and appeared well on its way to being the night’s big winner.

Achievement in Costume Design


Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road 

Costume designer Jenny Beavan accepted the Oscar for the post-apocalyptic adventure Mad Max: Fury Road, giving her a second Academy Award and making this the 10th nomination she’s received in a long and accomplished career.

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling


Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

The third Academy Award won by the Mad Max: Fury Road team on the night went to the crew responsible for providing the film’s unique, fantastic makeup and hairstyle effects in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Original Screenplay | Adapted Screenplay | Sound Mixing | Sound Editing | Original Song | Original Score

Best Original Screenplay


Winner: Spotlight (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)

Dedicating their Oscar to the journalists who strive to bring light to dark corners of our society, the writing duo responsible for Spotlight beat a talented set of nominees for the first Academy Award won by each writer.

Best Adapted Screenplay


Winner: The Big Short (Charles Randolph, Adam McKay)

Along with co-writer Charles Randolph, writer/director Adam McKay thanked The Big Short author Michael Lewis for penning the book that inspired his film about the housing crisis, and expressed his gratitude that Hollywood took a chance on a movie about “financial esoterica.”

Achievement in Sound Mixing


Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

The wins kept rolling in for Fury Road, which earned its sixth Oscar for the film’s fantastic sound mixing to go along with its win in the sound editing category that was announced a short time earlier.

Achievement in Sound Editing


Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

The fifth Academy Award for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road was celebrated in appropriate fashion by the film’s sound editors, who expressed their affection for the “loud, loud film” that brought them to the stage.

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)


Winner: “Writing’s on the Wall,” SPECTRE

Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith dedicated their Academy Award to the LGBT community after winning the award for their contribution to the latest James Bond adventure, SPECTRE.

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)


Winner: The Hateful Eight

The sixth time was the charm for composer Ennio Morricone, who finally won an Academy Award for the score he created for The Hateful Eight after being nominated five times previously for films such as The Untouchables and Bugsy.

Foreign-Language Film | Documentary Feature | Documentary Short Subject | Live-Action Short Film | Animated Feature | Animated Short

Best Foreign-Language Film


Winner: Son of Saul

The Academy Award went to Hungarian film Son of Saul, which followed a prisoner of Auschwitz in 1944 who struggles to find his way amid the horror all around him, with director and co-writer László Nemes accepting the Oscar.

Best Documentary Feature


Winner: Amy

Director Asif Kapadia earned the Academy Award for his documentary on the life of deceased musician Amy Winehouse, which won a long list of awards this year, including the prestigious BAFTA Film Award as the year’s documentary.

Best Documentary Short Subject


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

Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy took home a second Oscar for her documentary about a survivor of an honor killing in Pakistan, after having won in 2012 for her documentary Saving Face.

Best Live-Action Short Film


Winner: Stutterer

Writer/director Benjamin Cleary won his first Academy Award for this film about a typographer with a speech impediment who must overcome his fears in order to find happiness.

Best Animated Feature Film


Winner: Inside Out

Pixar’s critically acclaimed animated feature Inside Out lived up to predictions by taking home the Academy Award after a wildly successful run in theaters last year.

Best Animated Short Film


Winner: Bear Story

Chilean director and writer Gabriel Osorio Vargas and co-writer Daniel Castro took home a well-deserved Academy Award for their short film about a bear who tells his life story through a mechanical diorama.

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