Oscar awards
An Oscar statue stands on the red carpet at the entrance to the Dolby TheatreReuters

The 88th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood were among the most hotly discussed in recent history.

Argument surrounded the decision not to nominate any black actors and the host Chris Rock had some cutting things to say in his eagerly awaited monologue, opening with the line: "There weren't black nominees in the '60s – why didn't we protest then? Because we had more important things to protest about."

The Revenant led the shortlist with 12 nominations and it was for his role in that film that netted Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar,

Brie Larson was named best actress Oscar for Room and Spotlight took home the best picture Oscar. Mad Max: Fury Road picked up the most awards of the night, with six accolades.

Mark Rylance won the best supporting actor Oscar, with fellow Briton Sam Smith winning best original song.

  • Academy Awards 2016 winner's list

Best picture

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight WINNER

Best actor

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant WINNER
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room WINNER
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Directing

  • Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant WINNER
  • Lenny Abrahamson, Room
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay

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

Best Original Screenplay

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