WINNERS/PERFORMANCES: Oscars 2016 (& Chris Rock’s Opening Monologue)


This year’s 88th Academy Awards saw some rousing performances from Sam Smith, Lady Gaga and The Weeknd; big winners of the night included Mad Max: Fury Road, Spotlight and The Revenant‘s Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Extra special congrats also goes to Sam Smith (for the Spectre theme song ‘Writing’s On The Wall’) and the creators of the Amy documentary.

Also: the night’s host was none other than Chris Rock, who made sure to see the issue of racial diversity front and centre throughout the program (ex. a random Stacey Dash appearance and hilarious skits with Whoopi Goldberg and Tracy Morgan), beginning with his sure-to-have-been-polarising opening monologue, which you can watch above. The award winners can be found below; performances are now streaming on the Academy Awards’ official website.

Winners: 88th Academy Awards

Best picture

“The Big Short”

“Bridge of Spies”


“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”


“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 director

“The Big Short,” Adam McKay

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” George Miller

“The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu (WINNER)

“Room,” Lenny Abrahamson

“Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy

Best original screenplay

“Bridge of Spies,” by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

“Ex Machina,” by Alex Garland

“Inside Out,” by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen

“Spotlight,” by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy (WINNER)

“Straight Outta Compton,” by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

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 costume design

“Carol,” Sandy Powell

“Cinderella,” Sandy Powell

“The Danish Girl,” Paco Delgado

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan (WINNER)

“The Revenant,” Jacqueline West

Best production design

“Bridge of Spies,” production design by Adam Stockhausen; set decoration by Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

“The Danish Girl,” production design by Eve Stewart; set decoration by Michael Standish

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” production design by Colin Gibson; set decoration by Lisa Thompson (WINNER)

“The Martian,” production design by Arthur Max; set decoration by Celia Bobak

“The Revenant,” production design by Jack Fisk; set decoration by Hamish Purdy

Best makeup and hairstyling

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin (WINNER)

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared,” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

“The Revenant,” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Best cinematography

“Carol,” Ed Lachman

“The Hateful Eight,” Robert Richardson

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” John Seale

“The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki (WINNER)

“Sicario,” Roger Deakins

Best film editing

“The Big Short,” Hank Corwin

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel (WINNER)

“The Revenant,” Stephen Mirrione

“Spotlight,” Tom McArdle

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best sound editing

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White (WINNER)

“The Martian,” Oliver Tarney

“The Revenant,” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

“Sicario,” Alan Robert Murray

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Best sound mixing

“Bridge of Spies,” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo (WINNER)

“The Martian,” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

“The Revenant,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Best visual effects

“Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett (WINNER)

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

“The Martian,” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

“The Revenant,” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Best animated short film

“Bear Story,” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala (WINNER)

“Prologue,” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

“Sanjay’s Super Team,” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

“We Can’t Live without Cosmos,” Konstantin Bronzit

“World of Tomorrow,” Don Hertzfeldt

Best animated feature film

“Anomalisa,” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

“Boy and the World,” Alê Abreu

“Inside Out,” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (WINNER)

“Shaun the Sheep Movie,” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

“When Marnie Was There,” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best documentary, short subject

“Body Team 12,” David Darg and Bryn Mooser

“Chau, Beyond the Lines,” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” Adam Benzine

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (WINNER)

“Last Day of Freedom,” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Best documentary feature

“Amy,” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees (WINNER)

“Cartel Land,” Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

“The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best live-action short film

“Ave Maria,” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

“Day One,” Henry Hughes

“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut),” Patrick Vollrath

“Shok,” Jamie Donoughue

“Stutterer,” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage (WINNER)

Best foreign-language film

“Embrace of the Serpent,” Colombia

“Mustang,” France

“Son of Saul,” Hungary (WINNER)

“Theeb,” Jordan

“A War,” Denmark

Best original song

“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Music and lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”

Music by J. Ralph and lyric by Antony Hegarty

“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”

Music and lyric by David Lang

“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”

Music and lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

“Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”

Music and lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best original score

“Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman

“Carol,” Carter Burwell

“The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone

“Sicario,” Jóhann Jóhannsson

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” John Williams

The Weeknd, Sam Smith Scored Oscar Nominations (While Black Actors Didn’t)

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So, this year’s Academy Awards (also known as the Oscars) have revealed their nominations for this year — which has caused a bit of a tiff with the rest of the world, given that there aren’t any Black actors that scored a nod. For the second year straight. Seriously. It should also be noted that, in recent years, the only characters that did score nods were a pirate (Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips) and slaves (Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o — who did win — for 12 Years A Slave). Let’s not even speak on what Halle Berry had to do to get her Oscar.

Honestly, just another reason to not be in America. Ever.

Now that that’s out of the way, there are a couple of recording artists that deserve a mention: both The Weeknd and Sam Smith (with Jimmy Napes) scored nominations for ‘Earned It’ (from Fifty Shades Of Grey) and ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ (from Spectre), respectively. So, there’s that.

You can check out the racist-ass nominations in full here.

Sam Smith Threw Major Shade To Radiohead’s ‘Spectre’ Theme


Sam Smith went into cat fight mode during the Golden Globe Awards in America: if you recall (which we’re sure you do), Smith wowed listeners with his ‘Writing’s On The Wall‘, which served as the theme song to the latest James Bond flick Spectre. Interestingly enough, Radiohead recorded a song for Spectre as well, which they decided to reveal to the masses as a holiday gift last month; the track had ultimately been rejected for Smith’s contribution.

During said awards, Smith was asked about Radiohead’s release (above) — in addition to hinting at not knowing who Thom Yorke was, he continued down the low road:

Was I shocked? Erm. A little bit surprised, not gonna lie. But I actually haven’t listened to it personally, because I did the ‘Spectre’ theme song.

Shots were definitely fired that night.

Disclosure Feat. Sam Smith – Omen (Dillon Francis Remix)

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DJ-producer Dillon Francis has added his own flair to Disclosure and Sam Smith’s Caracal collaboration ‘Omen’, turning it from a Soulful Electro-feel to a higher-energy blend perfect for peak raving. He explains:

This is my favorite song that i have produced since “coming over.” I wanted it to have the same vibe as coming over and i deff think i nailed it with this one…so you can expect way more stuff like this from me in the coming future 🙂

Enjoy the remix below; the song will be available on iTunes soon. BONUS: While we’re on the subject, Disclosure and Sam Smith recently appeared on Saturday Night Live to perform ‘Omen’; Lorde also provided an assist for ‘Magnets’. We’ve included last night’s performance below.

Sam Smith Covers Amy Winehouse’s ‘Love Is A Losing Game’

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Sam Smith recently stopped by Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1 to premiere his cover of Amy Winehouse’s single ‘Love Is A Losing Game’; the cover was apparently created out of the recent documentary Amy (indirectly).

He explained below:

In the moment we wanted to try it… and everything just kind of came together in a very beautiful way and it felt like a moment so I wanted to share it.

I saw the film recently and, sometimes, people forget my age. I was 11 years old when Frank came out… and that album has really shaped me as an artist and my views on music and my relationship with music, lyrically. Seeing that film brought me back to that moment of being 11 years old — her rawness on such beautiful chords, on such expensive chords.

Enjoy the track (and brief interview) below. Smith’s version of ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ will appear on his forthcoming re-release of In The Lonely Hour.

Sam Smith – Drowning Shadows

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Via Apple Music, Sam Smith has liberated his new single ‘Drowning Shadows’, the “namesake” of his forthcoming In The Lonely Hour re-release. The track was premiered by Zane Lowe during his Beats 1 radio show.

Speaking with EW, Smith describes the track as “the saddest” he’s ever written:

‘Drowning Shadows’ the song is the saddest song I’ve ever written and the least radio-friendly song I’ve ever written. I wanted to leave people on this artistic little song and this moment. This is proper… really dark.

Smith also revealed that ‘Drowning Shadows’ was created even before his huge hit ‘Stay With Me’, yet didn’t fit with his debut:

I always loved it but something didn’t happen right. Something didn’t work. I thought of it recently when we thought about the repackage and we did it with piano.

Sam Smith Talks Being An Important Figure For The Gay Community



Sam Smith graces the cover of NME’s latest print issue (on newsstands from tomorrow), which sees the Pop/R&B star speaking on the James Bond franchise (which he admits being to young to know a whole lot about), the ascension of his career and more.

One topic that Smith also gets very candid about is his role within the gay community, stating that his opinion on being “more than a ‘spokesperson for the gay community‘” has evolved over time. Simply put, he wants his music to be more about just one group of people:

I’m a gay man who came out when I was 10 years old, and there’s nothing in my life that I’m prouder of…What I was trying to say was that I didn’t want [In The Lonely Hour] to appeal to just one community, I wanted it to appeal to all of them. I wanted anyone, gay or straight, to be able to relate to me singing about men, like I was able to relate to Stevie Wonder or John Legend singing about girls.

I want to be a spokesperson. I want to be a figure in the gay community, who speaks for gay men. I sell records in countries where gay men get killed and that’s a big thing for me, because maybe one person in that country will pick up my album, realise it’s by a gay artist, and it might change their opinion.

Read more from Sam Smith feature preview over at NME.

Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall (Video)

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After a quick teaser, we’re finally able to check out Sam Smith’s new visual for ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, a truly cinematic masterpiece (to us, anyway; it’s apparently become quite polarising in the media) that also works as the official theme to the forthcoming 007 film Spectre (released 26th October).

Enjoy the clip, which features some dope scenes from the film, above. You can also purchase the single over at iTunes.

ARTWORK/TRACKLISTING: Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour: Drowning Shadows Edition

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Sam Smith and his team are looking to milk his big debut In The Lonely Hour with a forthcoming re-release titled the Drowning Shadows Edition, which will include a 9-track second disc along with the original album.

Within the second disc sees live performances and covers of tracks from the likes of Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse, as well as a new track titled ‘Drowning Shadows’ (hence the re-release title; you can enjoy that track here). Fans will also be able to enjoy Smith’s collaborations with Mary J. Blige (‘Stay With Me‘), A$AP Rocky (‘I’m Not The Only One‘), John Legend (‘Lay Me Down‘) and Disclosure (‘Latch‘ & ‘Omen‘). The more we check out the tracklisting, the more it’s evident that this really is an attempt to make some extra P (no disrespect; everything mentioned is dope).

Says Sam Smith:

This is a present directly from me to my fans. This album, this journey has completely changed my life. So I have listened to all your wants and wishes and put some tracks on this album you all wanted originally. I also have a new song, and a special new cover for you all. This is my thank you to you all, and officially my final bow before my second album.

In The Lonely Hour: Drowning Shadows Edition is released 6th November. We’ve included the full tracklisting below.


1. “Money On My Mind”
2. “Good Thing”
3. “Stay With Me”
4. “Leave Your Lover”
5. “I’m Not The Only One”
6. “I’ve Told You Now”
7. “Like I Can”
8. “Life Support”
9. “Not In That Way”
10. “Lay Me Down”
11. “Restart”
12. “Latch (Acoustic)”
13. “La La La”
14. “Make It to Me”

1. “Drowning Shadows”
2. “Love Is a Losing Game”
3. “Nirvana”
4. “How Will I Know?”
5. “Omen (Acoustic)” feat. Disclosure
6. “Latch” feat. Disclosure (Live from Madison Square Garden, New York)
7. “Stay With Me” feat. Mary J. Blige
8. “I’m Not The Only One” feat. A$AP Rocky
9. “Lay Me Down” feat. John Legend

STREAM: Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall

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After getting a teaser, Sam Smith finally reveals to the world his new single ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, a powerful, operatic number that serves as the official theme song for the forthcoming James Bond flick Spectre. One listen and we’re hyped!

You can stream ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ via Apple Music, and purchase through iTunes.

TEASER: Sam Smith – Writing On The Wall

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Today, we get a teaser (in the most literal sense) of Sam Smith’s forthcoming tune ‘Writing On The Wall’, which is act as the theme song for the forthcoming James Bond film Spectre. Hopefully, we’ll get the official record soon; in the meantime, you can pre-order the song here (it’s set to be released next week).