The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, were held on February 28. They are one of the world’s most famous movie awards and are held annually in Los Angeles, U.S.A. The movie ‘Spotlight’ won 2 awards – Best Picture and Original Screenplay. ‘Spotlight’ is based on an investigation conducted by the American newspaper called the Boston Globe. The movie ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ won the most awards with 6 wins (Best Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing). It is an action movie set in a world that has been destroyed by nuclear weapons. The Best Actress in a Leading Role award went to Brie Larson (image) for her role in the movie ‘Room’. The Best Actor in a Leading Role award went to Leonardo DiCaprio (image below) for his role in the movie ‘The Revenant’. The Best Animated Feature Film award was won by ‘Inside Out’, a movie about a young girl’s conflicting emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith’s song ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, from Spectre, won for Best Original Song.
This year’s Oscars were marked with controversy over the lack of diversity amongst the folks who were nominated for awards. The 20 people nominated for the best actors and actresses (in both the leading and supporting roles) were all white. People felt that there should be representation from other races as well.
The first Oscars were held in 1929. The winners at the Awards are given an “Oscar”, a 13½ inches tall statuette of a knight on a reel of film holding a sword. It is unclear how the nickname came about, but one popular story is that a librarian who worked for the Academy mentioned that the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar.
Here is a video about the Best Films at the Oscars throughout the years.
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The Razzie Awards, also known as the Golden Raspberry Awards, were held a day before the Oscars in Los Angeles. These are considered to be an “Academy Awards spoof”. Oscars celebrate the best in films, whereas Razzies pick the worst. The Razzie Award for the worst picture of 2015 went to two movies – Fantastic 4 and Fifty Shades of Grey.
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The Berlin International Film Festival ended on February 21 in Berlin, the capital of Germany. The best film award is called the “Golden Bear” and it was given to the Italian film ‘Fuocoammare’ (Fire at Sea), a movie about folks on an Italian island seeing refugees making their way from Africa and Asia to Europe.
Image Credits: dorothy and Brie Larson @ the SXSW premiere of Don Jon for the image of Larson, Christopher William Adach from London for the image of DiCaprio, Disney Pixar for Inside Out’s poster image
Sources: http://www.oscars.org, http://oscar.go.com/, http://www.razzies.com/, https://www.berlinale.de/