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    The 2016 Academy Awards: Who Won The Oscar & Who Got Snubbed

    The 88th Annual Academy Awards were already building major buzz many weeks before the biggest celebrities even arrived on the red carpet! From news of Oscars white-washing to years of Leo DiCaprio being snubbed the Best Actor award, there was plenty to look forward to this year's event. Here's some of the wildest myths and truths ready to be uncovered about Hollywood's most highly anticipated awards show.

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    MYTH: Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress again, right?

    Not this year, she didn't! While J. Law's performance in Joy did receive rave reviews, a relative newcomer to Hollywood took home this year's Oscar. The Academy Award for Best Actress went to Brie Larson for her leading role in Room, a film about a woman and her 5-year-old son held captive in a room for many years and their escape, so that he may finally experience the outside world beyond their enclosed space. Brie Larson initially gained attention in 2016 for her role playing Amy Schumer's sister in the hit comedy Trainwreck.

    FACT: After all these years, Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his Oscar.

    It's true! Finally, Hollywood's long-time heartthrob has received the golden Oscar award that he has been denied for so many years. For many of his larger roles over the past several years, in films such as Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, The Departed, Django Unchained, and The Wolf of Wall Street, the Academy Award for Best Actor was thought to be in the bag for DiCaprio. Finally, 2016 was his golden year. Leo won Best Actor for his role in The Revenant, a film about a frontiersman in the 1800s who is attacked my a bear and left for dead, but who must traverse the wild winter to find his beloved son.

    FACT: Naturally, Inside Out won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film.

    That's right! Inside Out, the hilarious, heartwarming animated film brought to you by Disney and Pixar Studios, won the Oscar. Considering the movie's rave reviews, along with a killer storyline and incredibly star-studded cast (think Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, and Bill Hader to name a few), it came as no surprise that this flick took home the gold!

    MYTH: Did Ridley Scott win the Oscar for Best Director?

    Ridley Scott directed the outstanding feature film The Martian, starring Matt Damon. Many people thought he would win the Oscar for such an incredibly executed film, arguably the best of all the space movies released as of late. But to the surprise of many, while The Martian did receive six Academy Award nominations, the Best Director category was not among them! Instead, Alejandro G. Iñárritu won Best Director for his work directing The Revenant.

    FACT: Word on the street is that Chris Rock did a great job hosting the awards.

    Chris Rock was the host of the 88th Annual Academy Awards. His biting humor and smooth charm kept the audience engaged with laughter and smiles throughout the entire event. He even brought his daughter's Girl Scout troop into the aisles to sell cookies to all the affluent celebrities! And the Academy Award for Best Dad of the Year goes to...?!

    MYTH: Surprisingly, this year saw hardly any Oscar nomination snubs!

    Sadly, this is far from the truth. Here's a handful of the biggest Oscar nomination snubs of the year: Carol for Best Picture, Ridley Scott for Best Director of The Martian, Paul Dano for Best Supporting Actor in Love & Mercy, Idris Elba for Best Supporting Actor in Beasts of No Nation, Michael Keaton for Best Supporting Actor in Spotlight, Jurassic World for Best Visual Effects, Michael B. Jordan for Best Actor in Creed, Sicario for Best Picture, Listen to Me Marlon for Best Documentary, Aaron Sorkin for Best Adapted Screenplay of Steve Jobs, and Quentin Tarantino for Best Original Screenplay of The Hateful Eight. With each Academy Awards season, it seems almost inevitable that a handful of great actors and films don't get the nominations they deserve!

    MYTH: This was the 100th Academy Awards! How exciting!

    Not quite, but close! In 12 years, it will be the centennial of the famed Academy Awards. This year, however, it was the 88th year of the Oscars. My, how the time flies!

    MYTH: Ex-Machina definitely didn't win any Oscars.

    Lo and behold, this sci-fi indie flick surprised us all! With two Oscars nominations in 2016 - one for Best Original Screenplay and another for Best Visual Effects - Ex-Machina clearly made an impression on The Academy in their genre. It turns out that even alongside major motion pictures like Star Wars, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Martian, the Oscar for Best Visual Effects went to a very worthy underdog: Ex-Machina.