Mad Max: Fury Road is big winner at 2016 Academy Awards

'Mad Max: Fury Road' secured six gongs at last night's (28.02.16) Academy Awards in the technical categories including Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Costume Design

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Margaret Sixel

Margaret Sixel

'Mad Max: Fury Road' took home an amazing six gongs at last night's (28.02.16) Academy Awards.

The action film, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, was handed the awards at the annual ceremony for their technical work including Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Costume Design.

In her speech, Margaret Sixel, the wife of director George Miller, thanked the Academy and the film's audiences.

She said: "Thank you so much to the Academy. 'Mad Max' was best reviewed film of 2015. Audiences loved it and to be honoured tonight is just more than we ever hoped for.

"It took enormous creative courage and guts to make this film so I just want to say thanks to George Miller, Doug Mitchell and the whole crew that did six months in the Namibian desert to bring back the most amazing footage."

Meanwhile, 'Spotlight' took home the coveted Best Picture award and Best Original Screenplay whilst there was an Oscar for Leonardo DiCaprio for 'The Revenant'.

Brie Larson picked up Best Actress for her role in 'Room' and Alicia Vikander secured the Best Supporting Actress gong for her portrayal of Gerda Wegener in 'The Danish Girl'.

Asif Kapadia, the director of 'Amy', and producer James Gay-Rees collected an Academy Award for their documentary about the late Amy Winehouse whilst Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes took home the Best Original Song award for 'Writing's On The Wall', the theme tune for Bond movie 'SPECTRE'.

During his opening monologue, host Chris Rock openly addressed diversity in the film industry, telling the crowd that Hollywood is racist but not the "burning cross [type of] racist".

He said: "Is Hollywood racist? You're damn right Hollywood's racist [but not] burning cross racist ... it's a different type of racist ... We want opportunity - give black actors the same opportunities as white actors. That's it. Leo [DiCaprio] gets a great part every year. What about Jamie Foxx?"

He also poked fun at some of those who had chosen to boycott the event, including Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith.

He joked: "Jada got mad, she said she's not coming. Doesn't she have a TV show? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties - I wasn't invited!

"You get mad that Will was this good and didn't get nominated [for his role in 'Concussion']. It's also not fair that Will was paid $20m to do 'Wild Wild West.'"

Full list of winners at the 88th Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Spotlight

Actor in a Lead Role: Leonardo DiCaprio, 'The Revenant'

Actress in a Lead Role: Brie Larson, 'Room'

Directing: Alejandro González Iñárritu, 'The Revenant'

Original Score: Ennio Morricone, 'The Hateful Eight'

Original Song: 'Writings on the Wall', 'Spectre', Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best Foreign Language Film: Hungary, 'Son of Saul'

Live Action Short Film: 'Stutterer', Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Documentary Feature: 'Amy', Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Documentary Short Subject: 'A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness', Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Actor in a Supporting Role: 'Mark Rylance', Bridge of Spies

Animated Feature Film: 'Inside Out', Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Animated Short Film: 'Bear Story', Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Visual Effects: 'Ex Machina', Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Sound Mixing: 'Mad Max: Fury Road', Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

Sound Editing: 'Mad Max: Fury Road', Mark Mangini and David White

Film Editing: 'Mad Max: Fury Road', Margaret Sixel

Cinematography: 'The Revenant', Emmanuel Lubezki

Makeup and Hairstyling: 'Mad Max: Fury Road', Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Production Design: 'Mad Max: Fury Road', Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

Costume Design: 'Mad Max: Fury Road', Jenny Beavan

Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander, 'The Danish Girl'

Best Adapted Screenplay: 'The Big Short', Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Original Screenplay: 'Spotlight', Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Debbie Reynolds

Honorary Oscar: Spike Lee

Honorary Oscar: Gena Rowlands

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