Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Oscar for Best Actor for the movie "The Revenant" at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016.
Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Oscar for Best Actor for the movie "The Revenant" at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won an Oscar! The 88th Academy Awards has seen Australian filmmaker George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” sweeping the Oscars trophies, while “The Revenant” took second place in the most awards won.

In the most anticipated moment of the show on Sunday night in the US, DiCaprio finally took home the gong for Best Actor for his role as Hugh Glass in “The Revenant.” The 41-year-old actor, who has been a favourite meme subject for his lack of Oscar award, made everyone’s night when he was announced as the winner. However, instead of shouting “finally!” DiCaprio used the opportunity he had on stage to address climate change. He also shared his long-awaited nod with the First Nations People and indigenous tribes worldwide.

“Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take this award for granted,” DiCaprio told the audience. He received a standing ovation when his name was announced, and another after he finished his speech.

Brie Larson won for her role as Joy “Ma” Newsome in the drama flick “Room,” while Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively. Rylance stars in “Bridge of Spies” as Rudolf Abel, while Vikander is in “The Danish Girl” as Gerda Wegener.

For Best Picture, “Spotlight” (starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci) beat the other contenders. The biological crime drama by director Tom McCarthy follows The Boston Globe’s investigation into the child sex abuse in Boston by Catholic priests.

Best Director went to Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “The Revenant.”

Meanwhile, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which was nominated for 10 nods, took home a whopping six gongs at the Oscars, beating “The Revenant” for most awards won for the night. It won “Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing. “The Revenant,” on the other hand,” took home three awards; it was nominated for 12 trophies.

Chris Rock hosted the show, addressing sensitive issues like racism and sexism in Hollywood, as well as making fun of Will Smith and Jada-Pinkett Smith. The Hollywood power couple boycotted the Oscar ceremony for its alleged lack of diversity.

Here are the list of winners:


Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Brie Larson, “Room”

“The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Original Song:
“Writings on the Wall” from “Spectre,” Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Original Score:
“The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone

Foreign Language Film:
“Son of Saul” (Hungary), László Nemes

Live Action Short Film:
“Stutterer,” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Documentary – Feature:
“Amy,” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Documentary – Short Subject:
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Supporting Actor:
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Animated Feature Film:
“Inside Out,” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Animated Short Film:
“Bear Story,” Pato Escala Pierart and Gabriel Osorio Vargas

Visual Effects:
“Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Sound Mixing:
“Mad Max: Fury Road: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

Sound Editing:
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White

Film Editing:
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel

“The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki

Makeup and Hairstyling:
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Production Design
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson

Costume Design:
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan

Original Screenplay:
“Spotlight,” Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Adapted Screenplay:
“The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Best Supporting Actress:
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”