2016 Academy Awards Winners - 'Spotlight' Tops + 'Leo' Gets His Gold

The 88th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with the esteemed Chris Rock as our host of the show this year. With eight worthy Best Picture nominees, it should be exciting to find out which one is the big winner. It has been a very interesting year - no one knows for sure what will win, it could be anyone. Will Mad Max reign supreme or will Iñárritu top again? It's finally time to find out who is taking home an Oscar, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards. The full list below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight - refresh for updates.

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2016 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

PICTURE:
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Winner!Spotlight

Thoughts: Wow. I was expecting this to win, but still surprised! Congrats, it's a worthy win this year.

Winner: Spotlight - Best Picture

DIRECTOR:
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
Winner!Alejandro G. Iñárritu - The Revenant
Adam McKay - The Big Short
Tom McCarthy - Spotlight
Lenny Abrahamson - Room

Thoughts: I would've preferred seeing George Miller winning, but I'm fine with Iñárritu taking this one. He's an outstanding director - and is now one of the only ones to win two years in a row.

ACTOR:
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
Matt Damon - The Martian
Winner!Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl

Thoughts: Huzzah! Hooray! Finally, Leo gets his Oscar and you know what, it's a good win.

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio - Best Actor - The Revenant

ACTRESS:
Winner!Brie Larson - Room
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Jennifer Lawrence - Joy
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn
Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Christian Bale - The Big Short
Winner!Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies
Tom Hardy - The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight
Sylvester Stallone - Creed

Thoughts: Wow, big upset for Stallone! But a big win for Spielberg and Rylance. He is outstanding in this.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara - Carol
Rachel McAdams - Spotlight
Winner!Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs

Winner: Alicia Vikander - Best Supporting Actress - The Danish Girl

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Bridge of Spies - Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Ex Machina - Alex Garland
Inside Out - Pete Docter & Meg LeFauve & Josh Cooley
Winner!Spotlight - Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton - Jonathan Herman & Andrea Berloff

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Brooklyn - Nick Hornby
Winner!The Big Short - Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
Carol - Phyllis Nagy
The Martian - Drew Goddard
Room - Emma Donoghue

Winner: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay - Best Adapted Screenplay - The Big Short

ANIMATED FEATURE:
Anomalisa
Boy & The World
Winner!Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Thoughts: Another stellar win for Pixar! Love this movie, I am happy to see it win.

Winner: Pete Docter - Best Animated Feature - Inside Out

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Mustang (France)
Winner!Son of Saul (Hungary)
Theeb (Jordan)
A War (Denmark)

Thoughts: Congrats! One of my favorite films of last year, expected it to win.

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Carol - Ed Lachman
The Hateful Eight - Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road - John Seale
Winner!The Revenant - Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario - Roger Deakins

Thoughts: Hell yes! I predicted this one, totally. He really deserved it, such beautiful cinematography.

Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki - Best Cinematography - The Revenant

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Winner!Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Thoughts: Ugh. Not my pick. I would've preferred Cartel Land or The Look of Silence over this one.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
Winner!A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Last Day of Freedom

ANIMATED SHORT:
Winner!Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay's Super Team
We Can't Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Thoughts: This should've gone to World of Tomorrow.

LIVE-ACTION SHORT:
Ave Maria
Day One
Shok
Winner!Stutterer
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

VISUAL EFFECTS:
Winner!Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Thoughts: Kind of amazing to think that Ex Machina is now an Oscar winner! For VX, too. Rock on.

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Winner!Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

COSTUME DESIGN:
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Winner!Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Thoughts: Awesome!! "What another lovely day," Jenny Beavan says when she gets to the mic. Perfect.

Winner: Jenny Beavan - Best Costume Design - Mad Max: Fury Road

MAKE-UP & HAIR:
Winner!Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Thoughts: More! Yes!! I love Mad Max, happy to see it winning so many technical awards. Deserves them.

FILM EDITING:
The Big Short
Winner!Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SOUND MIXING:
Bridge of Spies
Winner!Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SOUND EDITING:
Winner!Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Thoughts: Hooray! Even more for Mad Max, who would've thought? It is a great movie, so let's keep them coming.

ORIGINAL SCORE:
Bridge of Spies - Thomas Newman
Carol - Carter Burwell
Winner!The Hateful Eight - Ennio Morricone
Sicario - Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - John Williams

Thoughts: Congrats to Morricone!! He's a legend and it's great to see him finally win one.

ORIGINAL SONG:
"Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey
"Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction
"Til It Happens To You" from The Hunting Ground
"Simple Song #3" from Youth
Winner!"Writing's On The Wall" from Spectre

Final Thoughts: Aside from the Sam Smith song winning, which is just an awful song and not at all what should've won, I'm generally satisfied with the winners overall. Mad Max: Fury Road ended up with six Academy Awards in total; Brie Larson won, Leonardo DiCaprio won; even Mark Rylance was recognized from Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, and Pixar's wonderful Inside Out won Best Animated, rightfully so. One of my favorites, Son of Saul, won Best Foreign Film, and Ex Machina won with a surprise victory in Best Visual Effects, which is very exciting. I'll even defend Spotlight, I think it's a great film, and I had a feeling it might win despite the buzz for The Revenant - which instead went to Iñárritu winning Best Director. I do wish something else would've won for Documentary, but that's always a wacky category. Overall a good night.

[For last year's list of Academy Awards winners, including Birdman and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, click here.]

Chime in below after reviewing the list of 2016 Oscars winners updated throughout the night and let us know if you're satisfied with this year's results, and what your thoughts are on the actual Oscar ceremony hosted by Chris Rock. It's always exciting to watch the live show. Plus, of course, a big congratulations to all of this year's winners and all of the nominees, too! Thoughts on the 88th Academy Awards so far?