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The Oscars: So Statuette

The Oscars: So Statuette

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


The Wives were shocked by A-list directors’ failure to clap for costume designer Jenny Beavan. Photo credit: Warner Bros. Studios


Whether consumed sincerely or ironically, the 88th Academy Awards proffered quite the spectacle.

Leonardo DiCaprio finally scored one of those really fancy paperweights. Host Chris Rock must have felt the #OscarsSoWhite protest pressure, but he performed and provoked more than ably. 

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

Forrest Goodluck stars as Hawk in "The Revenant." Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Forrest Goodluck stars as Hawk in “The Revenant.” Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

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 samantha@freeabq.com.

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