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29th Feb 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar as Spotlight causes major upset

Tony Cuddihy

Spotlight has been named Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards.

The film, which looks at the Boston Globe’s investigation into child sex abuse by members of the Catholic Church, took the biggest prize on the night despite the fact that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu had been named Best Director for The Revenant.

It was his second consecutive Best Director win, having taken the prize for Birdman in 2015.

Read: The full list of winners >

DiCaprio received a standing ovation when he was named Best Actor. He used his speech to warn about the dangers of climate change, while also thanking his co-star Tom Hardy in particular.

There was no mention of Dumble Gleeson.

There was some luck for the Irish on the night; Benjamin Cleary’s Stutterer took home the prize for Best Short Film.

Saoirse Ronan saw the Best Actress statuette go to Brie Larson for Room, for which Lenny Abrahamson had also been nominated for Best Director.

Michael Fassbender’s role as Steve Jobs had also been nominated in the Best Actor category.

Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) caused an upset by beating Sylvester Stallone (Creed) to Best Supporting Actor, while Alicia Vikander won the best supporting actress Oscar for The Danish Girl.

While it failed to take any of the main honours, it was a big night for Mad Max: Fury Road, which took six Oscars – more than any other film, mostly in the technical categories.

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