Movie Report: ‘Spotlight’ Wins Top Prize, Stallone Upset By Rylance

At the end of the ceremony it was “Spotlight” left standing in a stacked Best Picture category. Beating out Producers Guild Award winner “The Big Short” and Directors Guild Award winner “The Revenant,” “Spotlight” took Best Picture as its second victory of the night, the first being Best Original Screenplay.

Likely the biggest story from the ceremony, though, was Mark Rylance of “Bridge of Spies” winning a huge upset over Sylvester Stallone who starred in “Creed.” Stallone had won plenty of hardware and momentum going into the evening but it was Rylance who took the trophy.

Another upset from the night was “Til it Happens to You” from the documentary “The Hunting Ground” losing to “Writing’s on the Wall” from the latest James Bond flick “Spectre.” Both upsets were a shock from my perspective and each announcement made the Twitter-verse explode.

The filmmakers of “Mad Max: Fury Road” certainly have nothing to complain about tonight, though. The action thriller took home awards for sound editing, sound mixing, film editing, costume design, production design and hair/makeup. The technical sweep made “Fury Road” one of the most successful on the night.

This Oscar ceremony lasted pretty late into the night, but it was well worth the wait for Leonardo DiCaprio, who after years of coming up short at the ceremony and plenty of internet memes being made about it, was recognized as Best Actor for his work in “The Revenant.” The Western epic also took wins in Best Cinematography and Best Directing.

In total, my picks on the night went pretty good, but the upsets certainly didn’t help my cause. In total, I got 19 correct and five wrong. A full list of winners can be found at The Wrap.

“Spotlight” certainly had a good weekend overall by picking up wins Saturday, too. At the Film Independent Spirit Awards, “Spotlight” took Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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