Is the 88th Annual Academy Awards, and the 5th Annual Awesome Friday Oscars Liveblog! Newer updates are at the top!
Winners so Far: (y or n for my predictions)
- Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight (y)
- Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short (y)
- Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (n)
- Best Costume Design: Mad Max (n)
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max (y)
- Best Production Design: Mad Max (y)
- Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (y)
- Best Editing: Mad Max (y)
- Best Sound Editing: Mad Max (y)
- Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max (y)
- Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina (n)
- Best Animated Short: Bear Story (-)
- Best Animated Feature: Inside Out (y)
- Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (n)
- Best Documentary Short: A Girl in the River (-)
- Best Documentary Feature: Amy (y)
- Best Live Action Short: Stutterer (-)
- Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (-)
- Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone (y)
- Best Original Song: The Writing’s On The Wall (n)
- Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu (y)
- Best Actress: Brie Larson (y)
- Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (y)
- Best Picture: Spotlight (n)
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This thing appears to be on, hooray!
The Oscars start in just a few minutes folks and we’re settling in. The red carpet has been .. a thing.
Ok let’s do this.
Excited for another year of rich people giving their friend golden statues. Though I am going to be a bit one-note this year. MAD MAX MAD MAX MAD MAX
Opening montage of all the films this year. really hammering home that it was a great year for film. Also they showed clips from 50 Shades of Grey.
And they’re using some of the dialogue from Creed, one best films of the year that wasn’t nominated for best picture.
Nice splash reel of all the shiny movies, and Mad Max.
“There were at least 15 black people in that montage.” Yup, it’s gonna be that kinda night with Chris Rock. This is not a complaint.
“Why didn’t black people protest the all white nominees years of the oscars in the past? because in the 60s we had real things to protest.”
“Jada boycotting the oscars is like me boycotting Rhiannas panties: I wasn’t invited.”
Chris Rock is Chris Rock alright.
Chris Rock on form!
“The in memoriam package will just be photos of black people shot by cops on their way to the movies.” Chris Rock FTW.
So Chris Rock nailed it. Will have to youtube that later.
On to the awards.
Best Original Screenplay is up first. I am hoping for Alex Garland.
It would be pretty great it Inside Out took the original screenplay award.
Well I am 1 for 1 on my “will win” list.
Best adapted now.
Pretty sure that Ryan Gosling just made a The Revenant joke.
Ryan Gosling killing it.
I’m pausing as a) I haven’t seen these movies and b) Matt’s lovely fiancee has just placed a plate of enchaladas in front of me and they’re delicious
Wait, I saw The Martian! Enjoyed it.
The Big Short!
I am two for two on my “Will Win” predictions.
We can now say “academy award winning director of Step Brothers Adam McKay”
oscarssowhite really is the theme of the night alright. Perfect.
What the fuck just happened with that Stacy Dash thing?
Sam Smith is singing his song that, for some reason, is up for best song.
Was there only 5 songs this year? Is that it?
OK. Delicious food consumed. Now Sam Smith is singing a Bond theme that is somewhere south of being as good as Skyfall.
To be fair, though, that’s exactly how I sound when I sing Karaoke too.
Henry Cavill has the squarest of all jaws.
Henry Cavill is a very handsome man. Well, he’s English, so obviously he is. Like we all are. Yep.
Best Supporting Actress is up next. JK Simmons is here to present.
I really want Alicia Vikander to win but Jennifer Jason Leigh was stunning in The Hateful 8.
truefact, JK Simmons is the voice of the peanut m&m and has been since the mid 90s.
It’s a crowded field.
Holy shit Alicia Vikander!
And she looks AMAZING
I’m 2 for 3! Not a complaint!
Alicia Vikander sure had a busy year of great parts.
Well, that’s made my night. She’s an amazing actress.
Side note: They’re being fucking ruthless playing people off so far. I don’t think anyone has gotten to say all their thank yous
I can’t recall hearing Alicia Vikander’s name before Ex Machina, which came out 11 months ago. She just won an Oscar. Talk about your big years.
Costume Design time.
I do really like how every year they really step up the “this technical awards means more than you think it does” thing. I expect a full song and dance number next year.
Mad Max please!
Mad Max picks up the first of the technical awards it’s going to win tonight. It’s going to win all of them tonight.
So good to hear the soundtrack with the strings.
I know the oscars run long every year, but jesus stop with the playing people off.
“I want to say something serious now…”
The Production Designers of Mad Max: Fury Road are awaited in Valhalla!
MAD MAX! YES!
COLIN GIBSON, LISA THOMPSON, SHINY AND CHROME!
Also, it’s fucking amazing that they keep playing Brothers in Arms.
I thought that Cinderella would win best costume design, so that makes me 3 for 5!
Makeup and hairstyling now. Mad Max?
Make-up. Mad Max. Come on,
Mad Max is 3 for 3!
And another for Mad Max! Amazing!
I haven’t seen The Revenant yet. Apparently it was a difficult film to make.
MAD MAX MAD MAX MAD MAX
There is not a single bad or wasted frame in that movie.
Urgh. The Revenant. Should have been Mad Max, although this guy also won for Gravity, which was amazingly shot.
Well, Lubeski just set a record I believe. 3rd straight win for cinematography.
Mad Max is 3 for 4! My predictions are 5 for 7! WOO!
Editing. Mad Max?
YES! Mad Max for editing! It’s a masterclass in pacing, after all.
Margaret Sixel, WILL DRIVE THE HIGHWAYS OF VALHALLA!!
No I’m not going to stop making that joke.
The orchestra is ruthless.
They should start playing people out with the Benny Hill theme, if they’re going to be this intrusive with it.
Black History month bit where they feature Jack Black. Heh.
Shane Black next, right?
Sound Editing now. Mad Max!
The sound editing montages are actually very cool
WITNESS MARK MANGINI AND DAVID WHITE!
YES!. YES YES YES! How many is that for Mad Max now?
5 awards for Mad Max so far (6 noms)!
Sound Mixing. Mad Max?
Damn the mixing montages are great, too.
Another one! Wonderful!
CHRIS JENKINS, GREGG RUDLOFF, AND BEN OSMO! SHINY AND CHROME!
I am so happy that Mad Max is sweeping this, in case that wasn’t perfectly bloody obvious.
And now here’s the amazingly talent capture artist but massively overrated in other areas Andy Serkis.
Visual Effects. Mad Max?
Ex Machina! Totally deserved, great movie and the effects are staggeringly good.
Ex Machina totally deserves the visual effects win!
Once again happy to be wrong!
The best thing about Ex Machina’s effects is that they are totally non-intrusive. It all looks real.
C-3P0, R2-D2, and BB-9 are on stage.
10 year old me is pretty excited.
BB-8 is nothing short of a miraculous piece of tech.
35 year old me is so tired of these guys.
Seriously though, BB-8 is a pretty amazing. I want one.
I’m at a weird stage where I want all the old Star Wars characters to stay in the past now.
Also, has any part of star wars openly acknowledged the “droids are slaves” thing?
More BB-8, Rey, Poe, Finn, new characters, situations, locations, stories. That’s what I want. SO MUCH POTENTIAL. No more planet-sized space stations with a single weakness.
My son hasn’t seen any Star Wars and Rey is one of his favourite characters. He thinks she’s amazing. He couldn’t work out why she got one month in this year’s calender and Kylo Ren got four. And, to be honest, neither could I.
Spoiler alert, it’s because everyone loves star wars bad guys.
I haven’t seen any of the animated shorts soooooo yay Bear Story!
Best Animated Feature time!
Fuck yeah Inside Out!
Really want to see Inside Out. I like the message.
Kate Winslet is wearing glasses. I kinda dig it.
This bit about “black people don’t know what the best picture nominees are” is as good a time as any to once again point out Creed should be on the list.
Here comes Patricia Arquette to give the award for best supporting actor. Aka the award Sly Stallone should win.
It would be quite funny for Stallone to win. An Oscar. For acting. Acting.
Well. There’s my first shock of the night.
Spielberg is the best living director. He’s our generation’s true artist.
Just to be clear, Mark Rylance was fantastic in Bridge of Spies, but I really thought that Stallone would take it.
I love Louis CK. If you ever wonder to yourself what the horrors and wonders of parenthood are really like, listen to his standup. 100% accurate.
Elyse agrees. Hi, Elyse!
Good God, stop fucking playing people off so harshly. Jesus.
Based on all the times that Iñnáritu has looked sour when his film didn’t win, they should have cut to him when Louis CK made that Mad Max joke.
Best documentary feature time.
Dev Patel looks so different now!
Of course Amy won.
These all look like documentaries that I need to watch.
The Look of Silence is an important film. Shame.
That little kid who was obsessed with finding his mark? That’s me. On every set.
I’m 10 for 14 with my predictions so far. Not bad!
Come on, let’s get with the last few awards now.
Dave Grohl time. Bowie song, maybe?
Gah, Alan Rickman. Balls.
The silence during the in memoriam is the right way to do things.
Best Live Action Short goes to Stutterer.
Holy shit Sofia Valgara.
And her two friends.
I love her accent, but I love my Colombian students’ impression of her accent even more.
I haven’t seen any of the foreign language nominees this year, but I don’t know anyone who saw Son of Saul who didn’t think it was one of the best films of 2015.
Joe Biden’s here! Bud Lights for everyone!
Fuck yeah Biden. I like you,
Lady Gaga was always an amazing singer and musician, but nobody cared until she adopted her Gaga persona. There’s a message there somewhere.
Best Score should be Mad Max, but for some reason it’s not even nominated.
Not a standout Star Wars score.
Yay, Morricone’s score for Hateful 8 was fantastic. Great film, actually.
Don’t. Play. Off. Morricone.
What a sweet speech. Fantastic.
As long as Sam Smith doesn’t win
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME.
Bah. Sam Smith wins for his Spectre song.
Wait, hasn’t Tom Cruise won an Oscar?
Oh, openly gay. Right.
Good holy Jesus. Olivia Wilde is a real life Greek goddess.
Best Director now. COME ON GEORGE MILLER.
Ah, fuck it. No fucking way. Inarritu for The Reverent.
So Mad Max for Best Picture then?
If there’s any justice.
I guessed right that Alejandro González Iñárritu would win. I was hoping I’d be wrong.
They’re playing off Best Director???
I like how they just gave up and stopped the music.
Iñárritu ignoring the music to keep talking is exactly what i would expect from Iñarritu.
Consolation: Mad Max will have more Oscars than The Revenant. Or any other film this year.
Oh man. Eddie Redmayne is not an actor I rush to watch.
I’d love Brie Larson to win Best Actress.
Sidenote: How conflicted must Tom Hardy feel?
Brie Larson! Wonderful!
Brie Larson stars in the least shocking win of the night.
She totally deserved this.
Best Actor. Hmm. I wonder.
The Internet will go fucking crazy if Leo doesn’t win.
Finally! Good work, Leo.
Play him off!
Hooray! No Leonardo DiCaprio can do something fun.
Fair enough, good speech.
Best Movie now. MAD MAX MAD MAX MAD MAX
I have not seen Spotlight, but Mad Max is the best movie of 2015.
Even Morgan Freeman couldn’t hide his surprise with that one.
The back of Rachel McAdams’ dress should win something.
Well, Spotlight winning Best Movie is going to be the thing everyone talks about tomorrow. Need to see it to join in the disbelief. I’ve heard it’s good, but Mad Max good? Nope.
Or, at least, I doubt it.
Soon that was a thing.
Thoughts from tonight
Spotlight won, yay!
Well, that’s another Oscars. Thanks for sticking with us. Now I’m going to watch the best movie of 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road. Goodnight!
Creed wasn’t nominated? What the fuck.
Stallone was robbed. Miller was robbed.
that’s about it, really.
Until next time!