'Spotlight' wins top Oscar prize on night of racial critique

'Spotlight' wins top Oscar prize on night of racial critique

"Room" was directed by Lenny Abrahamson, produced by Element Pictures and supported by the Irish Film Board.

Meanwhile, Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won the best director Oscar on Sunday for drama "The Revenant" about a fur trapper who survives a bear attack and treks across a desolate landscape in winter.

"This week, the Pakistani prime minister said he would change the law on honor killing of women", said Obaid-Chinoy, who was also the only female director to win an award at Sunday's ceremony.

Back in 2012, Chris Rock presented the Oscar for best animated feature, explaining that he loved animation because it makes anything possible. A well-meaning newsroom docudrama that pays tribute to dogged journalism, "Spotlight" details an investigation by the "Boston Globe" into the child-abuse committed by MA priests.

The movie's co-producer Blye Pagon Faust dedicated the award to investigative reporters across the world.

The ensemble cast also includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and John Slattery.

The New Providence High School alumnus stepped to the microphone and said, "We made this film for all the journalists who have and continue to hold the powerful accountable, and for the survivors whose courage and will to overcome is an inspiration to all".

He questioned why the furor over diversity in the industry had taken root this year, rather than in the 1950s or 1960s, saying that black Americans had "real things to protest at the time".

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Mr Foster told reporters: "He put his other hand on me and tried to, I suppose, connect in some way, but I didn't feel it". Anthony Foster, father of two girls who were raped in the 1980s by a paedophile priest, said he was a "broken man".

Screen Actors Guild Award in the category, Idris Elba of "Beasts of No Nation, " isn't even nominated for an Oscar - one of the notable snubs that helped sparked the #OscarsSoWhite social media firestorm and contributed to the debate about the lack of diversity among Academy Award nominees.

According to Nielson, their preliminary numbers have the 88th annual Academy Awards at a 23.1 household rating among major markets, a 37 share, which is a slight dip from previous year.

In one prerecorded segment, he interviewed filmgoers in the predominantly minority city of Compton, California, and asked them about the controversy. "I feel I'm more a spokesman when I win than somebody better than all the nominees". That show wound up averaging 32 million viewers, which is the smallest on record, according to Nielsen.

The night's ceremony delivered two other big winners. The picture is from Time Warner's Warner Bros. film division.

That is, with the notable exception of Mexican-born cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who won for the third year in a row for his mesmerizing camerawork on The Revenant.

The wins for "Spotlight" and "Mad Max" will pay off in home entertainment revenue, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at researcher ComScore Inc.

Streaks, broken and extended, dominated much of the evening, with an expected best actress win to Brie Larson for her breakout performance in the mother-son captive drama "Room" and a best supporting actress win for Swedish actress Alicia Vikander for the transgender pioneer tale "The Danish Girl".

The routine was followed with a video bit in which black actors took roles in films that had been nominated for Oscars, including Whoopi Goldberg in "Joy" and Rock in "The Martian", as well as a weird appearance by actress Stacey Dash, who had called for the elimination of Black History Month.

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