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Abrianna Schreurs, Reporter

The 2016 Oscars did not disappoint this year. With multiple nominees the biggest award of the evening went to “Spotlight” which won best picture in a very split year. The Tom McCarthy-directed film won one trophy early in the night for best original screenplay but the most anticipated award of the night was given to the star of “The Revenant”. Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar for best actor in a leading role. Leo gave a heartfelt speech thanking the directors he has worked with and also acknowledging the hard work the other nominees put into their acting. He also took this time to address the urgent threat of climate change and encourage us to come together and collectively work on the problem facing our species. He ended his fantastic speech on an environmental note saying “Let us not take this planet for granted, I do not take this night for granted.” Leo was previously nominated 5 other times for actor in a leading role “The Wolf of Wall Street”, best picture “The Wolf of Wall Street”, best actor in a leading role “Blood Diamond”, best actor in a leading role “The Aviator”, and best actor in a supporting role “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”. Apart from Leo’s successful night most of us were surprised that the new Star Wars movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” did not win an Oscar. The movie was nominated for film editing, music (original score), sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects. Also after long break from acting Michael Keaton returned to the silver screen in “Birdman” which won best picture during the 2015 Oscars and also in “Spotlight” which won best writing (Original Screenplay) for the 2016 Oscars.

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