20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. led their studio rivals at the Oscars on Sunday, thanks to robust showings from “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Fox’s “The Revenant” took home three of the top prizes at the 88th Academy Awards: lead actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) and cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” scored six technical awards.
Mark Rylance, left, Brie Larson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander in the winners room.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Songwriter Jimmy Napes, left, and singer Sam Smith won the original song Oscar for “Writing’s on the Wall” for the film “Spectre.”(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Brie Larson with her Oscar for lead actress for the film “Room.”(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Alejandro G. Inarritu with his Oscar for directing for the film “The Revenant.”(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Alicia Vikander won the supporting actress Oscar for her role in “The Danish Girl.”(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Leonardo DiCaprio with his lead actor Oscar for “The Revenant.”(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Production designers Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson celebrate winning the production design Oscar for their work on “Mad Max: Fury Road.”(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Ennio Morricone, 87, won the Oscar for original score for “The Hateful Eight.”(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes won the Oscar for foreign language film for “Son of Saul.”(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Mark Rylance displays his Academy Award for his supporting role in “Bridge of Spies.”(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Directors James Gay-Rees, left, and Asif Kapadia take home an Academy Award for their documentary feature “Amy” about late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy holds her Oscar for documentary short subject. Her winning film, “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” is about honor killings in Pakistan.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Gabriel Osorio, left, and Pato Escala win the Academy Award for animated short film for their film “Bear Story.” Their win is the first win for their country, Chile.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Emmanuel Lubezki wins the Academy Award for cinematography for this work in “The Revenant.” He is photographed with the presenter of the award, actress Rachel McAdams.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
“Inside Out” producer Jonas Rivera, left, and director Pete Docter take home the Oscar for animated feature.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Margaret Sixel holds her Oscar for film editing for her work in “Mad Max: Fury Road.”(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
The winning visual effects team for “Ex Machina,” from left, Mark Ardington, Paul Norris, Sara Bennett and Andrew Whitehurst.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Winning “Mad Max: Fury Road” sound editors Mark Mangini, left, and David White, right, pose with actor Chris Evans, who presented the award.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” makeup and hairstyling winners Damian Martin, second from left, Lesley Vanderwalt and Elka Wardega stand with the awards presenters, actors Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” costume designer Jenny Beavan holds her Academy Award. She is photographed with Cate Blanchett, who presented the award.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
“The Big Short’s” writers Adam McKay, left, and writer Charles Randolph win the adapted screenplay category. McKay also directed the film.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
“Spotlight” writers Josh Singer, left, and Tom McCarthy win for original screenplay. McCarthy also directed.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
However, in a mild surprise, Open Road Films grabbed the biggest award of the evening — best picture — for the journalism drama “Spotlight.” The Tom McCarthy-directed picture also took home the Oscar for original screenplay. Open Road, a distributor based in Los Angeles, is co-owned by cinema chains AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group.
“Spotlight,” produced by Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust, and financed by Participant Media, represented the first best picture victory for Open Road, which was founded in 2011. “Spotlight” has grossed $62 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
“The Revenant’s” best picture loss may have been an upset, but it is a big hit at the box office. Since being released in four theaters as part of an awards-qualifying run on Christmas Day, “The Revenant” has grossed $404 million worldwide.
The R-rated “Revenant,” which cost an estimated $135 million to make, was largely financed by entertainment company New Regency, and also got backing from other firms including RatPac Entertainment.
Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” revved up early in the ceremony with a slew of crafts awards, including costume design, hair and makeup, and production design. “Mad Max,” directed by George Miller, did strong business at the box office when it was released in May. The high-octane, post-apocalyptic feature grossed $377 million worldwide, including $153 million in the U.S. and Canada.
“Fury Road,” starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, has been widely praised for its use of practical effects. It cost $150 million to make.
Warner Bros. was also hoping “Creed” would net Sylvester Stallone a supporting actor award, but the film came up short in the only category it was nominated.
The Walt Disney Co. experienced a mixed night. The company’s blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” did not take home any awards despite being nominated for five Oscars.
The cast of Best Picture winner “Spotlight” takes a selfie backstage at the 88th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Actress Stacey Dash speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 28, 2016.(Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Michael Keaton and the cast and producers of “Spotlight” celebrate after winning the Oscar for best picture.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
The production team and cast of Spotlight celebrate the award for best picture.(Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, winner of Best Director with Tom Hardy(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Whoopi Goldberg(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Mark Rylance thanks Steven Spielberg before accepting his Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Marcos Taylor as Suge Knight(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Adam McKay, front, and Charles Randolph with their Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
However, “Inside Out,” produced by Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios, won for animated feature. The studio also got a boost from Rylance’s supporting actor win for his role in “Bridge of Spies,” which Walt Disney Studios distributed in North America.
And the Burbank entertainment giant got some extra publicity during the awards show. During the telecast — which aired on Disney-owned ABC — several of the company’s iconic characters appeared on screen, including “Toy Story” stars Buzz Lightyear and Woody, who presented the award for animated feature.
Sony Pictures Entertainment had two winners: “Son of Saul” for foreign language film (from specialty label Sony Pictures Classics), and the James Bond movie “Spectre” won for original song “Writing’s On the Wall.” Paramount Pictures tallied one award: “The Big Short” won for adapted screenplay.
Besides “Spotlight,” the indie crowd had a few other wins. Focus Features scored with Alicia Vikander’s supporting actress win for “The Danish Girl.”
A24’s indie sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” won for visual effects; the company also collected trophies for documentary feature for “Amy,” and lead actress for Brie Larson’s turn in “Room.”
The Weinstein Co. endured a rare year without a best picture nominee from its slate. However, its Quentin Tarantino epic western “The Hateful Eight” won for Italian composer Ennio Morricone’s original score.