Following the Oscars on Sunday night there have been a lot of mixed reviews concerning the results. The 88th academy award ceremony was not short of standing ovations and tear jerking performances.

The name on everyone’s lips by the end of the night was Leonardo Dicaprio who after 6 previous nominations, finally won the coveted Oscar for Best Actor.

Dicaprio took this chance to not only thank his faithful supporters, colleagues and friends but also to highlight the issue of global warming.

In a surprising turn of events, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight took home the award for Best Picture, an award that many expected to go to Revenant.

A poll that was taken the week leading up to the awards show had 55 participants, 61% of whom thought the Revenant would win unlike the small 7% who believed that Spotlight would win.

 “childhood can make unknowing captives of us all’

Justin Chang

One thing the participants of the poll got right was the winner of Best Actress, Brie Larson had 32% of the poll supporting her win.

Her performance in Room earned her critical acclaim. A reviewer for Variety magazine, Justin Chang,  says the movie was ”A suspenseful and heartrending drama that finds perhaps the most extreme possible metaphor for how time, regret and the end of childhood can make unknowing captives of us all.”

Another performance that earned the first standing ovation of the night was Lady Gaga, performing a song made for the documentary ‘The Hunting Ground’ which follows alleged victims of sexual assault throughout campuses in the US.

So what do you think? Do you agree with the academy and their chosen winners? Has DiCaprios best actor award been a long time coming? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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