By Sampath Wijesinghe Ceylon Today Features
A night full of expectations unfolded on 28 February at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles where the 88th Academy Awards took place.
Actor and comedian Chris Rock hosted the show starting off with an opening monologue weighing more on to the 'lack of diversity' concern which has been quite a significant issue this time among the nominations in the acting categories. However Chris did his job entertaining the audience with subtle jokes.
It was the moment when Academy Award winner Julianne Moore announced the winner for The Best Male Actor category that the entire world was gritting their teeth for. Leonardo DiCaprio emerged victorious among tough contenders to finally get his hands on the prize he was waiting for, for many years. He joined hands with Brie Larson (Best Actress), Mark Rylance (Best Supporting Actor) and Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress) to complete the acting categories.
George Miller's action thriller Mad Max: Fury Road surprisingly took six awards out of its' 10 nominations giving The Revenant a chance to bag only three out of its' 12 nominations. This includes Best Director as Alejandro Inarritu took away his fourth Academy Award.
In the end, the biggest award for the night went to the biographical crime drama Spotlight. Riveting performances of Sam Smith's "Writings on the Wall", The Weekend's "Earned It" and Lady Gaga's "Till It Happens to You" filled the gaps of the show to maintain the momentum of the audience. Rock musician Dave Grohl covered "Blackbird", a song by The Beatles, for the In Memoriam tribute for the recognized members in the film industry who passed away in the previous year.