Leonardo DiCaprio had the audience’s ear when he won his first Oscar after five nominations. And he gave America an earful about trying to save the Earth from global warming. After accepting his Oscar for best actor _ and appearing before reporters backstage _ DiCaprio called for action to save the earth. He declared that “climate change is real” and “is happening right now.” He says it’s time to stop procrastinating and work together. DiCaprio was considered a lock to win the best actor nod _ and he ended up winning the award. He said that just as he doesn’t take his Oscar for granted, people shouldn’t take the planet for granted.
The talk about Hollywood diversity was certainly highlighted during last night’s Oscars ceremony. But when it came to the actual awards, it was the movie “Spotlight” that provided a set of cinematic bookends for the night. It won one of the first prizes of the night, best adapted screenplay and the last and biggest of the night: best motion picture. The movie chronicles the efforts of The Boston Globe to expose the sex abuses in the Roman Catholic Church. Speaking to reporters backstage, the winners noted that the win should stand as a testament to how journalists who do their jobs properly can bring about changes in society.
The first time was the charm for Brie Larson. She wins her first Academy Award _ this for best actress for “Room.” She says she sees her win as capping a journey that began when she learned to stand up for herself against people in Hollywood who wanted to try to make her a sex object. She says she got tired of being told that she did well in auditions _ only to be asked to return in a miniskirt and heels. She says while they were asking her to be sexy, she said that kind of outfit made her feel uncomfortable. She was certainly comfortable after her win. Meeting with reporters backstage, she declared that she was “feeling pretty good” as she thrust her Oscar into the air with her right hand. Larson and Swede Alicia Vikander made their mark as last night’s youngest acting winners. Vikander won supporting actress honours for “The Danish Girl.” Both are 27.
He already has one for his trophy place. Now, Alejandro Inarritu (ah-lay-HAHN’-droh in-YAH’-ree-too) has an Oscar to put on his head. That’s what he playfully did with the one he won last night after getting backstage to talk with reporters after the ceremony. The Mexican director called on Hollywood to continue in its efforts to diversify _ but noted that the issue isn’t just about blacks and whites. He called for people of all backgrounds to be accurately reflected in the motion picture industry. Inarritu won his second Oscar for “The Revenant.”
Best Supporting Actor
It was considered as much of a lock last night as all the acting Oscars going to white performers: Sylvester Stallone winning the Oscar for best supporting actor for his work in “Creed.” But in the end, it was a mild-mannered British actor who KO’d Stallone’s chances for a sure win. Mark Rylance got the gold for his role as a Soviet espionage agent in “Bridge of Spies.” Rylance gave props to his director Steven Spielberg and his co-star Tom Hanks.
(The Associated Press)