In case you missed it, here is the link to the full list of winners from the 2016 Oscars. Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar after five nominations, Brie Larson took home her first Oscar, as did Alicia Vikander, and Iñárritu won Best Director for the 2nd year in a row.
Here are some of the most memorable lines and videos from the ceremony:
Chris Rock opens the show by deconstructing #OscarsSoWhite.
Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl, it was her first win. In her speech, Vikander thanked director Tom Hooper, “Tom. Where are you? My director. Thank you so much for your support and belief in me. And Eddie, there you are. Thank you for being the best acting partner. I couldn’t have done it without you. You raised my game.”
Backstage, Vikander met the press and was asked if she thought her win would be of benefit to the LGBT community. She said, “I definitely hope so. I came on this film only two years ago and I know that this was not an easy film to get made and it has been almost 15 years that one of our producers, Gail, had worked on it, and to see the cultural change over the years since I actually finished the film with — I don’t know — with Caitlyn Jenner coming out, with Transparent and Tangerine, it’s like a social change and I just wish that ‑‑ in the same way that this film has been so educational for me and with so many people that I got to meet and in preparation for it — I hope that it can open up an even wider conversation, if our film can be a part of that discussion. ”
Iñárritu won his second Oscar for Best Director for The Revenant, in his speech, Iñárritu said, “May the color of our skin become as irrelevant as the length of our hair.” He went on to thank Leonardo DiCaprio who would go on to win Best Actor later in the evening, “Leo, you are “The Revenant.” Thank you for, give every soul, your soul, your art, your life. Tom Hardy, all the Native American cast, all the English American cast, thank you, thank you very much for your trust, for your talent. I want to thank Chivo. Thank you for bringing the light to this journey.”
Gasps were heard inside the Dolby Theatre and the press room when Mark Rylance was announced as Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Rylance graciously thanked Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg, he also thanked his fellow nominees. “I want to just say thank you to my fellow nominees. I don’t know how they separate my acting from your glorious acting in these wonderful films that you’re in, which everyone must see. I don’t know how they separated the five of us from all the other supporting actors who are making films at the moment. It’s a wonderful time to be an actor and I’m proud to be part of it. Thank you”
Pete Docter who won for Inside Out said, “This film was really born from watching our kids grow up, which is not easy. Anyone out there who’s in junior high, high school, working it out, suffering. There are days you’re gonna feel sad, you’re gonna feel angry, you’re gonna be scared. That’s nothing you can choose, but you can make stuff. Make films. Draw. Write. It’ll make a world of difference.”
There would be no surprises in the lead actor or actress category. Brie Larson won Best Actress for her role in the Room. She thanked the movie-going public in her speech. She also thanked her on-screen son, Jacob Tremblay in her speech, calling him her “partner through this.”
Larson’s speech in full: “Thank you. Thank you first to the Academy. I want to start big because the thing that I love about moviemaking is how many people it takes to make it, so I want to start first with the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, who gave us a chance, who gave us a platform first. I’d like to thank A24 for taking this movie into their hands and sharing it with the world. I’d like to thank our director, Lenny Abrahamson, who is absolutely incredible. Emma Donoghue, who created this world. Jacob Tremblay, my partner through this in every way possible. My real partner, Alex Greenwald, I love you the whole thing. To my parents, my agent, my manager, Chris Fioto, Anne Woodward, Lindsay Galin, the rest of my team, my friends, my family. Thank you to everyone who participated in Room. Thank you to all of you who saw it. Thank you to the fans. Thank you to the moviegoers. Thank you for going to the theater and seeing our films. I appreciate it. Thank you.”
Julianne Moore stepped on stage to introduce the nominees for Best Lead Actor. Then it finally happened. Leonardo DiCaprio, after five nominations, his first being in 1994, won for The Revenant. It was the moment everyone had been waiting for.
Watch the video of his acceptance speech:
The full transcript of his speech: “Thank you, thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year for their unbelievable performances. “The Revenant” was a product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew I got to work alongside. First off to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent on-screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off-screen. To Mr. Alejandro Iñárritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history these past two years. What an unbelievable talent you are. Thank you to you and Chivo for creating a transcendent cinematic experience for all of us. Thank you to everybody at Fox and New Regency, in particular Arnon Milchan. You were the champion of this endeavor. My entire team. I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career. Mr. Caton-Jones for casting me in my first film. Mr. Scorsese for teaching me so much about the cinematic art form. To Mr. Rick Yorn, thank you for helping me navigate my way through this industry. And to my parents, none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly, you know who you are. And lastly, I just want to say this: Making “The Revenant” was about man’s relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”
In the Best Picture category, Spotlight triumphed. The cast and crew came on stage to accept. Producers Michael Sugar, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust all took to the mic.
Michael Sugar : “Thank you, hello everybody. I love you, Lauren, we did it. This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith. Thank you very much.”
Byle Pagon Faust: “We would not be here today without the heroic efforts of our reporters. Not only do they effect global change, but they absolutely show us the necessity for investigative journalism.”
Nicole Rocklin: “We’d also like to thank our partners: Tom Ortenberg and everyone at Open Road, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King and everyone at Participant, eOne, Anonymous Content, First Look, Michael Bederman, David Mizner. Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, your tenacity and vision is unparalleled. To our cast, if there ever was a perfectly calibrated ensemble, you are it. Thank you so much.”