Brits Triumph at this year’s Oscars and Leo finally picks up Best Actor award

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Leonardo wins his first Oscar.

AFTER SIX nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won his first Oscar for epic wilderness movie, The Revenant. 

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony took place on February 28 and also saw Brie Larson awarded best actress for her performance in Room. 

Fellow actors gave Leonardo DiCaprio a standing ovation as he picked up his award, after five previous acting nominations and one previous nomination for producer of best picture for the Wolf of Wall Street.

He recognised his British director and co-star Tom Hardy for his “fierce talent on screen” and “friendship off screen”. 

British performers did very well with Mark Rylance winning best supporting actor, a huge surprise to the audience who expected Stallone to win his first Oscar. 

Rylance picked up his award for Steven Spielberg’s Cold War film Bridge of Spies, in which he plays Rudolf Abel, the real-life Soviet intelligence officer arrested in 1950s New York and prosecuted as a spy.

Rylance recently played Thomas Cromwell in the 2015 BBC Two series Wolf Hall. 

Rylance said: “I’ve always just adored stories, hearing them, seeing them, being in them. So, for me to have the chance to work with one of the greatest storytellers of our time, Steven Spielberg, has just been such an honour.”

Sam Smith, who sang the opening song in the 2015 Bond film Spectre and jointly won the award for Best Original Song with composer Jimmy Napes. He dedicated his award to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

He said: “I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together one day.”

This year´s awards were slightly marred by the suggestion that Hollywood is racist for not recognising more black actors.  

One of the hosts Chris Rock commented that he had “counted at least 15 black people” in the montage that opened the ceremony, before welcoming people to the “white People’s Choice awards”.

The Amy Winehouse documentary Amy won the best documentary feature Oscar for British filmmakers Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees. 

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