Oscars 2016: Spotlight wins Best Picture

The Revenant, The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and Room were all competing for the ceremony's most coveted prize

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Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight has been named Best Picture at the 88th Annual Academy Awards, scooping the evening’s most coveted golden statuette.

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In a tight race for the top prize, Spotlight saw off competition from The Revenant, The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and Room during tonight’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. 

The films cast and crew took to the stage to accept the gong, saying: “This film gave a voice to survivors. This Oscar amplifies this voice which we hope will become a choir that’ll resonate all the way to the Vatican.”

“We could not be here today without the heroic effort of our reporters.” 

Best Picture has been a tricky category to call during this year’s awards season. The Revenant winning the drama category at the Golden Globes while The Martian was the surprise recipient in the musical or comedy category. The Producers Guild gave the accolade to The Big Short with the Directors Guild gong awarded to The Revenant and the Critics Choice prize going to Spotlight. The Revenant also picked up best picture at the Baftas, with Brooklyn being awarded the prize for best British film. 

Spotlight also won best original screenplay. It’s stars Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo were nominated for acting awards. 

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This year’s Academy Awards were hosted by Chris Rock at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.