AceShowbiz - Leading the pack of the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards, "The Revenant" just won its first Oscar at the ceremony held on Sunday, February 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. The movie won Best Cinematography, thanks to Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki's work.
This nod marks the third consecutive year Lubezki wins an Oscar for Best Cinematography and he's also the first to do so. He won in 2014 for Afonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and in 2015 for "Birdman", which was also directed by "The Revenant" helmer, Alejandro G. Inarritu.
Meanwhile, "Mad Max: Fury Road" is currently on track to become the biggest winner of the night. The post-apocalyptic action film has scored three more awards, after nabbing Best Production Design and Best Makeup & Hairstyling earlier at the event.
The other three gongs were for Best Film Editing (Margaret Sixel), Best Sound Editing (Mark Mangini and David White) and Best Sound Mixing (Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo).
Jenkins said when accepting the prize, "First of all a big shout out to the Academy, thank you for all your support of our incredible creative craft. To our fellow nominees, we can't say enough, we're so proud to be in your company and we're so proud to represent tonight."
Jenkins added, "To George Miller, you're the heart and soul of all this. We can't say enough about you, thank you, thank you, thank you for giving us the opportunity. To Warner Bros., to all of our friends there and the people that support us. And most of all to our families, to our wives, to Jeanne and to Sue, to our families, to James up in the cheap seats. Thank you all very, very much."
"Mad Max", however, lost to "Ex Machina" in Visual Effects category. Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett took home the statuettes. "Ex Machina" also beat out other nominees including "The Martian", "The Revenant" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
The 2016 Oscars is currently airing live on ABC. Chris Rock is hosting.