For me, the 88th Academy Awards was all about the convention-defying red carpet style and unshakable confidence of Jenny Beavan, who won the Best Costume Design Oscar for her work on “Mad Max: Fury Road."
The Oscars: Or How I Learned to Love Jenny Beavan
BY SAMANTHA ANNE CARRILLO
Whether consumed sincerely or ironically, the 88th Academy Awards proffered quite the spectacle.
Assisted by Tracy Morgan and Whoopi Goldberg, Rock slayed in a sketch about black character tropes in film. For me, though, the 2016 Oscars was all about the convention-defying red carpet style and unshakable confidence of Jenny Beavan, who won the Best Costume Design Oscar for “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Unencumbered by 3-inch heels and strategically placed gaffer’s tape, Beavan unabashedly strutted from the nosebleed section (read: technical award nominee seating) past A-list actors and directors in all their smoldering product-placement glory. Directors seated near the aisle appear to visually body-check, giggle and blanch at Beavan’s decidedly un-princessy garb; see the Vine that started it all at bit.ly/BeavenVine.
Beavan audaciously dressed for style and comfort rather than solely paying tribute to the fairy tale brandapalooza that is the Oscars and related media coverage. (Thing is, I can never remember who Leo was wearing. Funny that!)
Speaking of DiCaprio, Albuquerque teen actor Forrest Goodluck scored Oscar screentime when his role opposite this year’s Best Actor was spotlighted prior to Leo’s long-awaited win.
Read this issue’s N.M. Film Focus column to learn more about homegrown talent being showcased on screens all over.
Here’s a list of the 2016 Oscar winners for best, well, everything.
Best picture: “Spotlight”
Best actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Best actress: Brie Larson, “Room”
Best supporting actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Best supporting actress: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Best director: Alejandro G. Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Best original screenplay: “Spotlight,” by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Best adapted screenplay: “The Big Short,” by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Best foreign-language film: “Son of Saul” (Hungary)
Best costume design: “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Jenny Beavan)
Best production design: “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Production design by Colin Gibson; set decoration by Lisa Thompson)
Best makeup and hairstyling: “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, and Damian Martin)
Best cinematography: “The Revenant” (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Best film editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Margaret Sixel)
Best score: “The Hateful Eight,” by Ennio Morricone
Best song: “Writing’s on the Wall,” from “Spectre,” by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Best sound editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Mark Mangini and David White)
Best sound mixing: “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo)
Best visual effects: “Ex Machina” (Andrew Jackson, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett)
Best animated short film: “Bear Story” (Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala)
Best animated feature film: “Inside Out” (Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera)
Best documentary short: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
Best documentary feature: “Amy”
Best live action short: “Stutterer”
Samantha Anne Carrillo is a situationist, fourth-wave feminist and managing editor at ABQ Free Press. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.