Spotlight took home the gold at the 88th annual Academy Awards, winning Best Picture and trumping the heavy favorite, The Revenant, for the big prize of the night.
The Revenant earned Oscars for its star, Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally took home an Academy Award on his sixth nomination. The Revenant’s director, Alejandro Iñárritu, also took home best director.
Spotlight, an ensemble drama about the Boston Globe’s exposure of the sexual assault scandal within the Catholic church, won only one other award on Sunday night (Feb. 28), which was for best original screenplay. Mad Max: Fury Road cleaned up the technical categories, winning a total of six awards.
Other winners included Brie Larson for Room, Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl and Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies; the latter defeated Sylvester Stallone, who was the heavy best supporting actor favorite. Sam Smith won best original song for “Writing’s On The Wall,” from Spectre.