The biggest award of Oscars evening went to "Spotlight," which pulled out a win for best picture in a very split year. The Tom McCarthy-directed film won one trophy early in the night for best original screenplay, though as the evening progressed, momentum seemed to be with "The Revenant," which won best cinematography, director and lead actor. But the journalism drama prevailed and became the sixth best picture winner in history to only win two awards on Oscar night, and the first since 1952.
Earlier in the night, "Bridge of Spies" star Mark Rylance surprised everyone when he triumphed for supporting actor over Sylvester Stallone ("Creed"), whom many considered a nostalgic favorite. Elsewhere the acting prizes were fairly predictable, including Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") as supporting actress; Brie Larson ("Room") as lead actress; Alejandro Iñárritu as director ("The Revenant"); and Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") finally clinching lead actor.
Meanwhile, dystopian blockbuster "Mad Max: Fury Road" swept the technical prizes, ending up the biggest winner of the night with six awards.
And the award for best picture goes to…"Spotlight"
The most prestigious award of the night goes to "Spotlight," about the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into decades of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The film already won an Oscar tonight for best original screenplay.
"This film gave a voice to survivors and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican," the producers said while accepting the trophy. "Pope Francis, it's time to protect the children and restore the faith."
And the award for best actor goes to…Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant."
Finally, Leo gets his elusive Oscar and receives a long, standing ovation. He gives a shout out to Tom Hardy, who grins from the crowd; director Alejandro Iñárritu; Michael Caton-Jones, the first director to cast him in a film; as well as the predictable ones, i.e. his team and his parents.
He ends on an environmental note, as he tends to do: "Let us not take this planet for granted," Leo said, noting that the film crew had to journey to the southernmost tip of the planet to find a place to film with enough snow because last year was the hottest on record. "Climate change is real, it is happening right now… it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."
DiCaprio's first nomination came in 1994, for supporting actor in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" He faced stiff competition, namely Ralph Fiennes in "Schindler's List" and Tommy Lee Jones in "The Fugitive." DiCaprio was still relatively new to major motion pictures, and that was evident in presenter Marisa Tomei's continental pronunciation: "DeeCahprio." Anyway, Jones won.
And the winner for best actress is… Brie Larson, "Room."
This is the first Oscar for the 26-year-old former child actor who has burst onto the scene in recent years with buzzy roles in both indie movies, such as "Short Term 12," and blockbusters, like "21 Jump Street" and "Trainwreck." "I want to start big," Larson said after accepting her award. "The thing I love about movie making is how many people it takes to make it." So she thanked the Toronto Film Festival, A24, director Lenny Abrahamson, co-star Jacob Tremblay, her boyfriend, Alex Greenwald, and her parents, among others.
And the award for best director goes to…Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "The Revenant."
This is a back-to-back win for Iñárritu, who won multiple awards including best director for "Birdman" last year. He's only the third director to win successive awards in this category (sharing the honor with John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz). "Leo, you are 'The Revenant,' Iñárritu told the star of his film (and the presumed winner of the best lead actor category). The director also thanked the Native American cast members of his film and said that he hoped the film presented "a great opportunity to our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice" before dedicating the award to his father.
And the winner for best original song is… "Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre," music and lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith.
"I actually can't breathe right now!" Sam Smith says accepting the award for best song. He quickly turns serious, mentioning an Ian McKellen quote about how no openly gay man has ever won an Oscar. (Twitter started fact-checking this immediately.) "If this is the case, and even if it isn't, I dedicate this to the LGBT community around the world," Smith said. "I stand here tonight as a proud gay man."
And the winner for best original score is… Ennio Morricone for "The Hateful Eight."
Surprisingly, this is the first Oscar win — other than an honorary award in 2007 — for the legendary Italian composer known for scoring "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "The Untouchables," "Bugsy" and "Days of Heaven." Through a translator, Morricone thanked the academy, his wife and Quentin Tarantino, and paid homage to fellow nominee John Williams, who was nominated for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
A choked-up audience gives a rousing standing ovation to Lady Gaga's performance as she is joined onstage by sexual-assault survivors.
Joe Biden in the house — he gets a big standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd. "I'm the least qualified man here tonight," he assures everyone as the applause winds down.
He's there to introduce Lady Gaga's performance of "Til It Happens To You" (nominated for best original song) from the film "The Hunting Ground," about sexual assault on college campuses.
"Too many women and men on and off college campuses are still victims of sexual abuse," Biden says. He asks everyone to take a pledge that says "I will intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given."
"Let's change the culture," Biden continued. "We must and we can change the culture so that no abused woman or man, like the survivors you will see tonight, ever feel they have to ask themselves 'What did I do?' They did nothing wrong."
And the best foreign language film is… "Son of Saul" (Hungary).
"Son of Saul's" win marks the second Oscar and ninth nomination for Hungary. "Even in the darkest hours of mankind, there might be a voice within us that allows us to remain human," director László Nemes said while accepting the award. "That's the hope of this film."
And the best live action short film is… "Stutterer."
Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage, the filmmakers of "Stutterer" (about a typographer with a speech impediment) thank their cast and crew — and also the academy for honoring short films in general.
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs addresses the crowd and reiterates that the academy will take steps to diversify its membership. "Each of you is an ambassador who can influence others in the industry. It's not enough to listen and agree," she said. "We must take action."
And the winner for best documentary feature goes to… "Amy."
As expected, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees won. It's the first Oscar for both. They dedicated the award to their subject, the late singer Amy Winehouse and her fans.
And the award for best documentary short subject goes to…"A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness"
This is the second Oscar and nomination for filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, whose 40-minute documentary tells the story of an 18-year-old Pakistani woman who survived an attempted honor killing. "This is what happens when determined women get together," Obaid-Chinoy said of the project, thanking her subject, as well as journalist Tina Brown and HBO's Sheila Nevins, who served as producers on the film.
Louis C.K. introduced best documentary short by reminding everyone that, hey, this is actually a big deal to these nominees!
"These people, this is documentary short film. It's not even documentary feature. You cannot make a dime on this. These people will never be rich as long as they live," he riffs. "So this Oscar means something because all they do is tell stories that are important… they're going home in a Honda Civic. This Oscar could be the nicest thing they ever own in their life."
Big upset: Sylvester Stallone was considered the front-runner, but Rylance swooped in for the trophy with "Bridge of Spies," a movie that was just mocked during the show for being fairly unknown. Anyway, Rylance (a stage actor you might also recognize from PBS's "Wolf Hall") gets bleeped giving a shout out to Tom Hanks and says it's a wonderful time to be an actor.
"Please welcome next year's host, Kevin Hart!" Chris Rock says, inviting his friend to the stage.
Before Hart introduces the Weeknd for a performance, he encourages the actors of color who didn't get nominated not to get discouraged: "The problems of today will one day be the problems of old." He joked that he only showed up because he thought he would get to sit in the front row and the camera would pan to him all the time. That didn't happen, but Hart stayed positive: "I have a suit with shiny stuff on it so I still made a statement."
And the award for best animated feature film is… "Inside Out."
This is the first Oscar for Rivera and second for Docter. The directors said this movie was born from watching their kids grow up. To the kids out there, Docter said, "there are days you're going to feel sad, you're going to feel angry." People can't help that, but "you can make stuff. Make films, draw, write. It will make a world of difference."
And the winner for best animated short film is… "Bear Story."
This is the first Oscar win and nomination for "Bear Story" collaborators Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala. It's also the first win for a Chilean animated short film. "This is the first Oscar for our country so it is very important for us," they told the audience before thanking "everybody in Chile that has supported us and trusts in our work." In Spanish, they offered "a big hug to everyone," adding "Viva Chile!"
And the winner for best visual effects is…"Ex Machina," Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett.
In a shocking twist, "Ex Machina" snaps the "Mad Max" streak with a win for best visual effects — either "Star Wars," "The Revenant" or, of course, "Mad Max" were expected to win the prize.
And the winner for best sound mixing is… Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo for "Mad Max: Fury Road."
"Mad Max" continues its sweep of technical categories with a sixth win. This is the first Oscar for Osmo, while Rudloff and Jenkins have five Academy Awards between them.
And the winner for best sound editing is… "Mad Max: Fury Road," Mark Mangini and David White.
"Mad Max" continues its amazing night with a win for best sound editing. This is the first Oscar and nomination for David White. It's the first win for Mark Mangini, who was previously nominated for best sound editing on "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," "Aladdin" and "The Fifth Element."
"George Miller would tell us 'Mad Max' is a film we see with our ears. I knew sound could tell my story, but nothing quite like this. Sound artists are storytellers. Thank you, George," Mangini said.
David White, a native of Australia, chimed in with: "I'm so proud to work on this loud, loud film that actually had silence in it…. For the aussies!"
And the winner for best film editing is… "Mad Max: Fury Road," Margaret Sixel.
"I suppose 'Mad Max' is doing okay tonight," jokes film editor Margaret Sixel of the movie's fourth award. She notes it was the best-reviewed movie of 2015, yet "it took enormous creative courage and guts to make this film."
And the winner for best cinematography goes to… Emmanuel Lubezki for "The Revenant."
This is Lubezki's third consecutive win after "Birdman" last year and "Gravity" the year before. That streak is a new record, although there are two other cinematographers who have won more. Both Leon Shamroy and Joseph Ruttenberg won four Academy Awards. Lubezki's win means that Roger Deakins, who has been nominated 13 times (this year for "Sicario") goes home empty-handed for the 13th time.
One of Oscar's biggest losers is British cinematographer Roger Deakins, whose first nomination was for "The Shawshank Redemption" in 1995 and whose latest was for "Sicario." He just lost that one, which makes him 0 for 13. Deakins, a frequent collaborator with the Coen brothers, was also nominated for "Fargo," "No Country for Old Men" and "Skyfall." (He's no Kevin O'Connell, though: The veteran sound man has been nominated 20 times since 1984.)
And the winner for best makeup and hairstyling is…"Mad Max: Fury Road," Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin.
This marks the third award tonight for "Mad Max: Fury Road." It's the first for these three collaborators, who told the audience that "you can pop the corks at home" and thanked director George Miller for bringing them onto the post-apocalyptic project, which is nominated for best picture. "You're amazing, George, thank you."
And the winner for best production design is…"Mad Max: Fury Road," Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson.
"Mad Max" is killing it tonight! "It never ceases to annoy me how many people it takes to make me look competent," production designer Colin Gibson says as he picks up the film's second win so far.
And the winner for best costume design is… Jenny Beavan for "Mad Max: Fury Road."
This is the second Oscar for Beavan, who hasn't won since 1987 for "A Room With a View."
"What another lovely day," she said when she took the stage, before explaining that "Mad Max: Fury Road" could be prophetic if "we're not kinder to each other" and take better care of the environment. Beavan recently ended up in headlines when she won a BAFTA after the host — and her long-time friend — Stephen Fry joked, "only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady." People took to Twitter defending Beavan's honor, though she assured everyone she wasn't offended. Either way, presenter Cate Blanchett didn't make the same mistake.
And the winner for best actress in a supporting role is…Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"
This is the first Oscar and nomination for Vikander, who one year ago was not even a household name. Boosted by the success of both "The Danish Girl" and "Ex Machina," Vikander was a favorite to win for her substantial role alongside Eddie Redmayne, who she thanked during her emotional speech, telling him "you raised my game."
On the heels of the Stacey Dash awkwardness, Sarah Silverman came out to introduce best song nominee "Writing's on the Wall," and said — by her own admission — whatever came into her head. That included the phrase "heavy Jewish boobs" and the admission that when she slept with James Bond, he was neither a "grower nor a shower." We can only assume she went off-script with that intro…
Sam Smith appears to sing "Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre" in a set that looks like a psychedelic snowglobe.
Let's be honest. We didn't expect Stacey Dash to actually come out when Chris Rock introduced her as "the director of the minority outreach program." But she did. "I cannot wait to help my people out," the actress-turned-controversial-Fox News pundit said with a smile." Happy Black History Month!"
For those not familiar with the background here: a) Stacey Dash was wildly popular to a generation for her Clueless role and b) Is now most well known for being really, really conservative, of the Fox commentator genre.
"If you're a black actor, just getting an opportunity to be in a movie can be a struggle," Chris Rock says, and offers some examples with some cleverly spliced-together scenes:
- Whoopi Goldberg in a scene from “Joy” mopping behind Jennifer Lawrence.
- Leslie Jones beating up Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant” because he didn’t call her back.
- Tracy Morgan as…well, “The Danish Girl.”
Chris Rock stuck on Mars in "The Martian," but no one really feels the need to rescue him because he's just a "black astronaut."
And the winner for best adapted screenplay is… "The Big Short," Charles Randolph and Adam McKay.
It's the first Oscar for both Randolph and McKay (who is also nominated for director). McKay thanks Michael Lewis for writing an amazing book and the studio for taking a risk for a movie that's about financial esoterica. He advises everyone not to vote for candidates that take money from big banks, big oil… "or weirdo billionaires."
And the winner for best original screenplay is… "Spotlight," written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy.
This is the first Oscar for Singer and McCarthy, the latter of whom is also nominated tonight for best director. The movie is up for six awards. The film is about the Boston Globe team of investigative reporters who uncovered sexual abuse in the Catholic church, and McCarthy dedicated the award to the survivors.
Chris Rock kicked off his monologue with this: "Man, I counted at least 15 black people in that montage!…
Rock says he didn't think it was worth it to cancel since the show would go on regardless. "Last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart. I don't need that." (Cue Kevin Hart smiling in the audience.)…
"When your grandmother's swinging from the tree, it's really hard to care about best documentary foreign short."…
"It's not fair that Will Smith was this good [in 'Concussion'] and didn't get nominated. It's also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for 'Wild Wild West!'"…
"This year, in the 'in memoriam' package, it's just gonna be black people that was shot by the cops on their way to the movies. Yes, yes, I said it."…
"What happened this year? Jada's going to boycott the Oscars. Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties. I wasn't invited! It's not an invitation I would turn down."…
"If you want black nominees every year, you just need to have black categories."…
"You already do it with men and women, think about it. There's no real reason to have a men and a women category in acting. It's not track and field, you don't have to separate them."…
"Is Hollywood racist?" Chris Rock asks. He talks about being at a Hollywood Obama fundraiser with four black people: "Me, Quincy Jones, Russell Simmons and Questlove, the usual suspects." Looking out in the crowd, he realized that these white people are "the nicest white people on earth," so he decided that Hollywood is "sorority racist": "We like you, Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa."…
"Jamie Foxx is one of the best actors in the world. Jamie Foxx was so good in 'Ra'y that they went to the hospital and unplugged the real Ray Charles — like, 'We don't need two of these!' "…
"Not everything is racism. Not everything is sexism. If George Clooney shows up in lime green with a swan coming out of his a–, someone's going to ask, what are you wearing?"…
"It's the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times."…
"…Black people did not protest. Why? because we had real things to protest at the time. We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer."…
"Things are changing. Things are changing. We got a black 'Rocky.' Some people call it 'Creed.' I call it black 'Rocky.' That's an unbelievable statement. 'Rocky' takes place in a world where white athletes are as good as black athletes. 'Rocky's' a science fiction movie." …
"You want diversity? We got diversity. Please welcome Emily Blunt and somebody whiter, Charlize Theron."
Earlier tonight, Geoff Edgers reported:
Here's an amazing thing about Chris Rock's most-eagerly-awaited-monologue on Earth. Turns out the comedian showed up about 10 times over the last two weeks at the famed Comedy Store to work through his material.
Some of Rock's sets were as short as 15 minutes, others stretched into a half-hour. And the whole thing culminated Saturday night with a murderer's row of comedy led by Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook and Marc Maron.
Adam Eget, the Comedy Store's booker, would not share any of the material out of courtesy to Rock. But he said it was fascinating to watch the jokes develop.
"He really trimmed the fat and made it real lean," said Eget. "There were some, even after day four, he'd say, 'I'm not going to be able to do this joke.' But then, you'd hear him do it again and he'd have tweaked a word or two. Instead of saying 'p—–," he's say bedroom."
Montage time as the show kicks off: There are quick scenes from "The Revenant," "Spotlight," "Joy," "The Big Short" and "Steve Jobs," plus movies that missed out on nominations, like "Straight Outta Compton," "Trainwreck," "Jurassic World" and… "Ted 2"? Will Smith (also not nominated) shows up in a clip from "Concussion."
Kevin Hart dreams of hosting the Oscars, but tonight he's here to support his "brother, mentor and friend" Chris Rock. "I believe that everything happens when it's supposed to," the comedian told Lara Spencer. His advice for the Oscars host? "Address the elephant in the room. Make people feel uncomfortable." Oh, and by the way, he's wearing "Dolce and Gabbana from head to toe." "And I'm shining!"
Leonardo DiCaprio brought his mom to the Oscars and tells Roberts he owes his parents everything — especially because they listened to him as a kid when he said he wanted to be an actor. He again brings up (hopefully for the last time?!) the "tough conditions" involved in filming "The Revenant."
Don't try to make Naomi Watts pick sides. Liev Schreiber is the father of her two kids, and his movie, "Spotlight" is up for best picture. But so is "The Revenant," directed by Alejandro Inarritu, who directed her in last year's winner, "Birdman." So who's she pulling for? She wants to just spread the love around. How diplomatic. Some of the presidential candidates could learn a thing or two from her.
One thing she's sure of: She and Schreiber are going to hit up some parties after the ceremony. He's less certain, having depleted his energy stores tying his bowtie. See? Fashion is a challenge for guys, too.
Lady Gaga is wearing a white dress-pants combo designed by her stylist Brandon Maxwell. The singer is nominated for "Til It Happens To You," which she co-wrote with Diane Warren and will perform at tonight's ceremony. "I am myself a survivor. Diane Warren is herself a survivor of sexual violence," she told an interviewer. "I'm just really happy to be here. I feel very lucky and blessed."
Roberts talked to Cate Blanchett, who is nominated for best actress in a leading role for "Carol," her seventh Academy Award nomination. (She won best actress in 2014 for "Blue Jasmine" and best supporting actress for "The Aviator" in 2005.) The actress had nothing but kind words for "Carol" director Todd Haynes, who also directed Blanchett in the 2007 Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There."
"Do you not understand how people feel about you?!" Roberts says when Sylvester Stallone appears shocked that he has fans. "I guess I don't," Sly replies. So humble.
Tina Fey and Steve Carell will present an award together. Michael Strahan asks if she gave Chris Rock any advice, given that she's a pro at hosting award shows. "Chris Rock needs no advice from me," Fey says, calling him the greatest living American stand-up comedian.
Kerry Washington is in the house. The "Scandal" star is at the Oscars to present one of the best-picture nominees. A lot of people have asked her why she's there — not because she's best known as a small-screen star, but because of the #OscarsSoWhite boycott. Washington has been an academy member for about three years and she says she thinks the best use of her time is to be "a voice at the table" so that "we never have a year like this again." This is about recognizing movies about women, people of color and age, Washington says. "It's about making sure our films represent humanity."
Ryan Seacrest caught Jill Biden on the Oscars red carpet. Her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, is slated to introduce Lady Gaga. The pop star will perform "'Till It Happens To You," an Oscar nominee for best original song.
Bryan Cranston, nominated for actor in a leading role for "Trumbo," showed up with a cookie that had his face on it — and promptly dropped it on the red carpet. Why would a bakery send Cranston a box of cookies with his own visage? "It's the Oscars. It's a Hollywood holiday," he told Seacrest. Asked to name the person who had the biggest impact on his career, Cranston said Dick Van Dyke: "I've admired him since I was a boy."
On Pop TV, the fashion experts rave over Jennifer Garner's "revenge body" in the wake of her split from Ben Affleck. "Look at those arms! Girlfriend has been to the gym," one exclaimed about Garner in a one-shoulder black gown. "She looks like she's ready to date."
Brie Larson showed up on the red carpet looking, according to Roberts, "incredibly relaxed."
"Maybe it's because I'm incredibly jetlagged," she said. She just flew in from Vietnam. Larson, the best actress front-runner, talked a little bit about how playing the role of Ma in "Room" gave her a greater appreciation for her own mother, who raised Larson solo. "I would call her everyday and apologize all the time," she said.
Over on E's red carpet, Seacrest asked Larson, in a flowing blue Gucci gown, what her nomination means. "Everything," the actress said, before explaining that Katy Perry basically saved the day at the Golden Globes, ordering L.A. fast food favorite, In-N-Out Burger, for their table.
Meanwhile, Strahan interviewed Rooney Mara, who brought along her father, Chris Mara (who works for the New York Giants). Strahan asked the actress which of her Oscar-nominated roles — this one for "Carol" or the titular "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" — was more challenging and he was met with the one response no interviewer ever wants to hear: "Um. They're so different." Silence. "I don't know."
Hmm, time for plan B. "So is it as easy to fall in love with Cate Blanchett as it looks?" he asked her.
"Yes, it's very easy to fall in love with her," Mara answered.
There you have it.
Over on Pop TV's red carpet special, "ET" was able to do what Seacrest couldn't — get an interview with Olivia Munn and her boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "I'm just trying to stay out of the way," Rodgers says sheepishly. Determined to embarrass him as much as possible, anchors Kevin Frazier and Nancy O'Dell make him get on camera, as Munn details that he went out this morning and got coffee and croissants for her whole glam team.
Jennifer Jason Leigh, nominated for best supporting actress in Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" tells Seacrest that she's "here with all of the fellow haters." The actress said she prepped for the ceremony with her friends and family and says there were "lots of hugs" and "lots of champagne."
ABC's first awkward moment of the night comes when the interviewer asked Saoirse Ronan if the man she was waving to was her dad. "No! That's Nick Hornby," Ronan said of her fellow nominee. Hornby wrote the screenplay for "Brooklyn."
Eddie Redmayne, nominated for lead actor in "The Danish Girl," said he read the script in one sitting while he was on set filming "Les Miserables." Redmayne, who won the same trophy last year for "The Theory of Everything" adds that he met with men and women from the trans community (all from different generations) while preparing for the role of painter Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
The ABC red carpet show has kicked off and Strahan beat around the bush a little bit asking Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis questions about their recent and upcoming projects before asking the "most important question: How is baby Otis?" According to Wilde, he's not really a baby any more. Really more of a little man, and he has "a strong, healthy obsession with Beyonce right now." Join the club, kid.
Saoirse Ronan, up for best actress in a leading role for "Brooklyn," is wearing an emerald green Calvin Klein gown, reportedly to represent her native Ireland. Ronan, 21, first appeared at the Oscars at age 13 when she was nominated for best actress in a supporting role for "Atonement." "And you interviewed me then," the actress told Seacrest.
In addition to her dress, the actress's (purposely) mismatched earrings are getting some attention on the red carpet.
Get ready to see sooo many ABC stars tonight — including Priyanka Chopra of "Quantico." The show comes back in March, so of course she landed an Oscar presenter spot.
Teeny tiny "Room" star Jacob Tremblay showed up — in Armani, no less — to induce some "awww"s from red carpet watchers. He regaled Ryan with tales of Oscars past, like last year when he was rooting for Eddie Redmayne. And guess what? The "Theory of Everything" star won. So clearly, this kid is a good luck charm. Tonight, he's pulling for his "Room" co-star Brie Larson (who's the front-runner already). He also explained that Instagram photo of him faux-punching Sly Stallone. "This is a joke," he explained, before telling Ryan he wanted to punch out Stallone because Rocky beat him out for a best supporting actor spot.
Sofia Vergara, who is presenting an award tonight, recalled how quickly her surprise performance with Pitbull at the recent Grammy Awards came together. "It was not very planned. Like three days before, he asked 'Do you want to dance with me at the Grammys?'" The rest is history. Vergara, who is wearing Marchesa, also shared something we want to see, stat. Apparently, her husband actor Joe Manganiello does a "great" impression of her. "He talks to me with my accent all the time," the "Modern Family" actress told Seacrest.
"I'm at the Oscars!" says Alicia Vikander, still sounding surprised even though she's considered a frontrunner to win best supporting actress for "The Danish Girl." She's already getting lots of raves (on Twitter, at least) for her yellow Louis Vuitton gown.
E!'s first head-scratcher of the night: offering black tea with British milk to best-song nominees Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes (for the Bond theme "The Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre"). Now the pair is walking down the red carpet with teacups. If we see them onstage later with stains on their white shirts, we know who to blame: Seacrest.
Louis Gossett Jr. still gets nervous at the Oscars. The 79-year-old actor spoke to Seacrest about winning an Academy Award in 1983 for his performance in "An Officer and a Gentleman."
"I remember thinking I was not going to get it," he told Seacrest.
Why is Mindy Kaling at the Oscars? "Inside Out," of course! The Pixar hit is up for best animated film and Kaling was the voice of "disgust" (the green one).
"The Big Short" director Adam McKay told Seacrest that he tested the film's somewhat complicated banking terminology on his daughters, 10-year-old Pearl (who some might remember as Funny Or Die's "The Landlord") and 16-year-old Lili Rose McKay. "The Big Short" is up for big picture and McKay is a best director nominee.
"Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner (a.k.a. Sansa Stark) led the celebrity charge on the red carpet — just one of many stars showing that this year's Oscars attendees aren't just big-screen stars; they're also small-screen famous. The actress was also making a (fashion) statement by wearing a sustainable gown as part of the "red carpet green dress" push.
"The Big Short"
"Bridge of Spies"
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
Actor in a leading role
Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"
Matt Damon, "The Martian"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"
Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"
Actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett, "Carol"
Brie Larson, "Room"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"
Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"
Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"
Lenny Abrahamson, "Room"
Alejandro Iñárritu, "The Revenant"
George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"
Adam McKay, "The Big Short"
Best original song
"Earned It," "Fifty Shades of Grey," Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
"Manta Ray," "Racing Extinction," Music by J. Ralph; Lyric by Antony Hegarty
"Simple Song 3," "Youth," Music and Lyric by David Lang
"Til it Happens to You," "The Hunting Ground," Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
"Writing's on the Wall," "Spectre," Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Best original score
"Bridge of Spies," Thomas Newman
"Carol," Carter Burwell
"The Hateful Eight," Ennio Morricone
"Sicario," Jóhann Jóhannsson
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," John Williams
Best foreign language film
"Embrace of the Serpent"
"Son of Saul"
Best live action short film
"Everything Will Be Okay"
Best documentary feature
"The Look of Silence"
"What Happened, Miss Simone?"
"Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom"
Best documentary short subject
"Body Team 12"
"Chau, beyond the Lines"
"Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah"
"A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness"
"Lasy Day of Freedom"
Actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale, "The Big Short"
Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"
Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"
Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"
Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"
Best animated feature film
"Boy and the World"
"Shaun the Sheep Movie"
"When Marnie Was There"
Best animated short film
"Sanjay's Super Team"
"We Can't Live Without Cosmos"
"World of Tomorrow
Best visual effects
"Ex Machina," Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
"Mad Max: Fury Road," Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
"The Martian," Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
"The Revenant," Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
Best sound mixing
"Bridge of Spies," Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
"Mad Max: Fury Road," Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
"The Martian," Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
"The Revenant," Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
Best sound editing
"Mad Max: Fury Road," Mark Mangini and David White
"The Martian," Oliver Tarney
"The Revenant," Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
"Sicario," Alan Robert Murray
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Matthew Wood and David Acord
Best film editing
"The Big Short," Hank Corwin
"Mad Max: Fury Road," Margaret Sixel
"The Revenant," Stephen Mirrione
"Spotlight," Tom McArdle
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
"Carol," Ed Lachman
"The Hateful Eight," Robert Richardson
"Mad Max: Fury Road," John Seale
"The Revenant," Emmanuel Lubezki
"Sicario," Roger Deakins
Best makeup and hairstyling
"Mad Max: Fury Road," Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
"The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared," Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
"The Revenant," Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini
Best costume design
"Carol," Sandy Powell
"Cinderella," Sandy Powell
"The Danish Girl," Paco Delgado
"Mad Max: Fury Road," Jenny Beavan
"The Revenant," Jacqueline West
Best production design
"Bridge of Spies," Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
"The Danish Girl," Production Design: Eve Stewart ; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
"Mad Max: Fury Road," Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
"The Martian," Production Design: Arthur Max ;Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
"The Revenant," Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy
Actress in a supporting role
Rooney Mara, "Carol"
Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"
Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"
Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"
Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"
Best adapted screenplay
"The Big Short," Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
"Brooklyn," Nick Hornby
"Carol," Phyllis Nagy
"The Martian," Drew Goddard
"Room," Emma Donoghue
Best original screenplay
"Spotlight," written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
"Bridge of Spies," written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
"Ex Machina," written by Alex Garland
"Inside Out," screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
"Straight Outta Compton," screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff