Oscars: Watch All of the Winners' Acceptance Speeches

9:52 PM 2/28/2016

by Keely Wold and Kaeli Wells

From Leonardo DiCaprio to Brie Larson, what the winners said onstage.

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Twenty-four awards were handed out Sunday night at the 88th Annual Academy Awards.

If you missed any of the winners' acceptance speeches, you can watch them all below.


  • Original Screenplay: Spotlight

    Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy of Spotlight accepted the first award of the night, dedicating the win to “all the journalists who have and continue to hold the powerful accountable, and for the survivors whose courage and will to overcome is really an inspiration to us all. ”

  • Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short

    Adam McKay and Charles Randolph accepted the award for best adapted screenplay for The Big Short. McKay went political during his acceptance speech on stage, saying, "if you don’t want big money to control your government, don’t vote for candidates that take big money from banks, oil, or weirdo billionaires.”

  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander

    The Hollywood Reporter's Oscar math had heavily favored Alicia Vikander's supporting performance in The Danish Girl, which proved correct. Last year's supporting actor winner J.K. Simmons presented the award to the Swedish actress, who  thanked her parents, saying, "Thank you for giving me the belief that anything can happen — even though I would never believe this." 

  • Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

    Cate Blanchett presented the award to Jenny Beavan for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road. This was her 10th nomination. The designer ended her speech on a serious note, saying: "It could be horribly prophetic, Mad Max, if we stopped being kind to each other and kept polluting the atmosphere."

  • Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tina Fey and Steve Carrell presented the award to Mad Max: Fury Road. Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson came to the stage to receive what was each of their first Oscars.

  • Makeup & Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road

    Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega & Damian Martin came to the Dolby stage to accept their award for excellence in makeup and hairstyling. It was the third win of the night for Mad Max: Fury Road

  • Cinematography: The Revenant

    The Revenant's Emmanuel Lubezki received the award for best cinematography for the third consecutive time (he previously won for Gravity and Birdman), saying, "I want to share it with the cast and crew, especially my compadre, [Alejandro] Inarritu."

  • Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

    Margaret Sixel, who has been married to director George Miller since 1995, came to the Dolby stage to accept the award for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road, saying: "To be honored tonight is more than we could ever have hoped for."

  • Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

    Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans presented the Oscar for best sound editing to Mark Mangini and David White of Mad Max: Fury Road. The two winners said: "Sound artists are storytellers. Thank you George [Miller]!" 

  • Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road

    Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans also presented the award for sound mixing, which went to Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo of Mad Max: Fury Road. The three winners especially thanked director George Miller, saying, "You are the heart and soul of all this." It was Mad Max's sixth win of the night. 

  • Visual Effects: Ex Machina

    Andy Serkis presented the award for achievement in visual effects to Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardingon and Sara Bennett of Ex Machina. It was Ex Machina's first win of the night, the film was also nominated for best original screenplay. 

  • Animated Short Film: Bear Story

    The Oscar for best animated short film went to Bear Story. Director Gabriel Osorio and producer Pato Escala came to the stage, and Osorio dedicated the award to his grandfather, whose life was the subject of the short film. 

  • Animated Feature Film: Inside Out

    Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera accepted the award for best animated feature film, saying: "This film was really born from watching our kids grow up." Inside Out bested Anomalisa, Boy & the World, Shaun the Sheep Movie, and When Marnie Was There for the win

  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance

    Mark Rylance accepted the statuette from Patricia Arquette for his work on the Cold War drama Bridge of Spies, saying  "It's a wonderful time to be an actor, and I'm proud to be a part of it."

  • Documentary Short Subject: A Girl in the River

    Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy accepted the statuette for best short subject documentary for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. She concluded her speech with the news that the Pakistani prime minister had vowed to change the law on honor killing after watching A Girl in the River.  "That is the power of film."

  • Documentary Feature: Amy

    Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel presented the award for best documentary feature to Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees for their documentary Amy, which also won the BAFTA for best documentary two weeks prior to the Oscars. Kapadia said, "This film is all about Amy, this is about showing the world who she really was, not the tabloid persona, the beautiful girl, the amazing soul."


  • Live Action Short Film: Stutterer

    Director Benjamin Cleary and producer Serena Armitage took home the award for best live-action short film. Cleary was very grateful winning his first Oscar, saying, "When you make your first ever film, you’ve gotta convince a lot of people to jump on board and take a risk with a first-time director, and to every single member of the cast and crew of Stutterer for jumping on board and taking that risk with me I’m forever grateful."

  • Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul

    Director Laszlo Nemes accepted the award, saying: "Even in the darkest hours of mankind, when in the darkest hours of mankind, there might be a voice within us, that allows us to remain human. That’s the hope of this film."

  • Original Song: Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

    Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith took home the award for "Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre. Taking home his first Oscar, Smith told the audience: "I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, and if this is the case, even if it isn’t the case, I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world. I stand here, I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day."

  • Original Score: Ennio Morricone

    Ennio Morricone, composer for The Hateful Eight, accepted the award for best original score. The 87-year-old was extremely gracious receiving the award, saying: "There isn’t a great soundtrack without a great movie that inspires it."

  • Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu

    Director Alejandro G. Inarritu took home the award for The Revenant, dedicating the win to "all the talented and crazy cast and colleagues and crew members along the continent that made this film possible. To all and each of you, I thank you from my heart."

  • Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson

    Brie Larson took home her first Oscar for best actress in a leading role for Room, gushing that the "thing that I love about moviemaking is how many people it takes to make it."

  • Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio

    After being nominated five other times, Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home his first Oscar for best actor in a leading role for The Revenant, thanking "my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your fierce talent on-screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off-screen. To Mr. Alejandro Iñárritu, as the history of cinema unfolds, you have forged your way into history these past two years. What an unbelievable talent you are." He also thanked, among others, frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese, and ended his remarks by noting his appreciation for his family and friends.

  • Best Picture: Spotlight

    Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust accepted the last award of the night, best picture for Spotlight. Producer Sugar said: "This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith."