Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro González Iñárritu took their time backstage to bask in the glow of their wins for best actor and best director, but to also talk further about the subjects they explored in their acceptance speeches: Hollywood diversity and climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of the award for best actor in a leading role for “The Revenant”, left, and Alejandro G. Inarritu, winner of the award for best director for “The Revenant". (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

When it comes to his win Iñárritu said that he couldn’t be more happy.

“Every film is like a song. I love this film as I love ‘Birdman’,” he said. “I’m sharing this experience with Leo and all the nominees and the crew and I think all the warmth I’m getting is on behalf of them.”

As for DiCaprio, this first Oscar win has been a lifelong dream.

“I grew up in east Los Angeles very close to the Hollywood studio system… so to have parents that allowed me to be a part of this– taking me to auditions—its been my dream since I was 4-years-old.”

Storytelling is what it’s all about for both men.

“Storytelling is a way to confront a huge amount of emotions–of possibilities,” said Inarritu. “it is a way to control life, to have an oxygen capsule of life without suffering for real.”

The questions soon moved on to their twin passion issues.

“The debate is not only about black and white people,” said Iñárritu, asking is #OscarsSoBrown is next. “The complexity is more than just one one or another—the debate is becoming polarized without exploring the complexity of this country being so mixed—still we are dragging this tribal thing.”

He continued, gaining steam, “One of the problems we are suffering from is that there are no moderate platforms to talk about something deeply that is deciding the destiny of the people of the world by the color of their skin.”

DiCaprio took the microphone next to talk more about climate change, mentioning that he has been filming a documentary about the subject concurrently with “The Revenant.”

“This is the most existential crisis our society has ever known… and the time is now. It’s imperative that we act,” he said. “Tonight I feel so overwhelmed with gratitude, but I feel there’s a ticking clock; there’s a sense of urgency that we must all do something pro-active—if you do not believe in climate change and empirical science and truth then you will be on the wrong side of history.”


“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
WINNER: “Spotlight”


Cate Blanchett, “Carol” | Interview | Review
WINNER: Brie Larson, “Room” | Interview | Review | Video Q&A
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy” | Review
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years” | Interview | Review
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn” | Review | Video Q&A


Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo” | Interview
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

OSCARS 2016:

Supporting actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara, “Carol” |
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
WINNER: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Supporting actor

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”
WINNER: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”


Adam McKay, “The Big Short”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
WINNER: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Animated feature film

“The Boy and the World”
WINNER: “Inside Out”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“When Marnie Was There”

Original screenplay

“Bridge of Spies,” by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
“Ex Machina,” by Alex Garland
“Inside Out,” screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
WINNER: “Spotlight,” by Josh Singer and Tom McCarth
“Straight Outta Compton,” screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Adapted screenplay

WINNER: “The Big Short,” by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
“Brooklyn,” by Nick Hornby
“Carol,” by Phyllis Nagy
“The Martian,” by Drew Goddard
“Room,”  by Emma Donoghue

OSCARS 2016: 

Foreign language film

“Embrace of the Serpent” (Colombia)
“A War” (Denmark)
“Mustang” (France)
WINNER: “Son Of Saul” (Hungary)
“Theeb” (Jordan)

Animated short film

WINNER: “Bear Story”
“Sanjay’s Super Team”
“We Can’t Live without Cosmos”
“World of Tomorrow”

Live action short

“Ave Maria”
“Day One”
“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)”
WINNER: “Stutterer”

Documentary feature

“Cartel Land”
“The Look of Silence”
“What Happened, Miss Simone?”
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” |

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”

OSCARS 2016: 

“Carol,” Ed Lachman
“The Hateful Eight,” Robert Richardson
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” John Seale
WINNER: “The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Sicario,” Roger Deakins

Visual effects

WINNER: “Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
“The Martian,” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
“The Revenant,” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Makeup and hair styling

WINNER: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared,” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
“The Revenant,” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Film editing

“The Big Short,” Hank Corwin
WINNER: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel
“The Revenant,” Stephen Mirrione
“Spotlight,” Tom McArdle
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Costume design

“Carol,” Sandy Powell
“Cinderella,” Sandy Powell
“The Danish Girl,” Paco Delgado
WINNER: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan
“The Revenant,” Jacqueline West

Original song

“Earned It” from “50 Shades of Grey,” music and lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction,” music by J. Ralph; lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song #3” from “Youth,” music and lyric by David Lang
“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground,” music and lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
WINNER: “Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre,” music and lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Sound editing

WINNER: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White
“The Martian,” Oliver Tarney
“The Revenant,” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
“Sicario,” Alan Robert Murray
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound mixing

“Bridge of Spies,” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
WINNER: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
“The Martian,” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
“The Revenant,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Culled From LaTimes

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