Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Wins Oscar

 

Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won his first Oscar after being nominated six times as best actor. DiCaprio won the award for his role in The Revenant, a survival film about a hunter in the 1820s. The film received three Oscars including one for Mexican film-maker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who became best director for the second consecutive year.

A bit surprisingly, Spotlight  won the Oscar for the best film and best screenplayThe drama tells the story of Boston Globe journalists and their investigation into sexual abuse cases and their cover-up by the Roman Catholic Church. 

Fury Awards took home the most awards, coming in first in a total of six technical categories.

Son of Saul , a Hungarian film about brutal death camps in Nazi Germany, received the Oscar for the best  foreign language film. Italian film music legend Ennio Morricone was finally awarded his Oscar for the music in Quentin Tarantino's  The Hateful Eight.  The 87-year old Morricone received the most emotional applause of the evening.

 

The 2016 ceremony at Los Angeles's Dolby Theatre was boycotted by some Hollywood celebrities because they thought there was not enough ethnic diversity in the nominee list.  All 20 nominees for best or supporting actors and actresses  were white.

 

Dolby Theatre

Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles - Location of the Academy Awards - Image: BDS2006

 

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Words

  • applause = clap your hands
  • award = prize
  • boycott = here: not go to a place because you do not agree with certain things
  • celebrity = famous person who is often in the media
  • ceremony = special event
  • consecutive = one after another without a break
  • cover-up = when you try to stop the public from knowing the truth about something
  • death camp= place where large numbers of prisoners are sent to be killed
  • director =person who directs the cameramen and tells the actors how to play their parts
  • ethnic diversity = here: people from different races and social backgrounds
  • foreign = from another country
  • including = also
  • investigation = when you examine a crime carefully in order find out the facts
  • nominate = to suggest someone for a prize
  • nominee = here: person who is suggested to get a prize
  • receive = get
  • screenplay = the text of a film ; the words that the characters speak and the instructions for the cameramen
  • sexual abuse = when you have sex with a child or a mentally ill person against their will
  • supporting actor or actress = here: not the main actor or actress in a play
  • survival = living on after a dangerous situation