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Oscars 2016: Mad Max’s Six Wins, a Winner’s ‘Anchorman’ Connection and Other Shocks and Snubs

We laughed, we gasped, we cheered — the 2016 Oscars was a show full of surprises for nominees and movie fans alike. Us Weekly has rounded up the five biggest shocks in the winners and losers of the ceremony held at L.A.’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday, February 28. 

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Mad Max: Fury Road Cleans Up

The Mad Max reboot, Fury Road, clocked in six Oscar wins — more than any other film at this year’s Academy Awards. It swept up technical awards for production design, sound editing, sound mixing, makeup and hairstyling, and costume design. “Us Mad Maxes are doing OK tonight,” said Best Editing winner Margaret Sixel, who is married to the film’s director, George Miller.

Mad Max
‘Mad Max’

Sylvester Stallone Loses Best Supporting Actor

The biggest mixed-emotions moment of the Academy Awards show came when the Best Supporting Actor award went to Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance.

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Creed star Sylvester Stallone was the sentimental favorite, having won the Golden Globe last month for reprising his beloved Rocky Balboa character. It would have been the first Academy Award for the 69-year-old, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1977 for playing Balboa for the first time.

Sylvester Stallone
Stallone at the 88th Academy Awards.

Stallone’s close friend Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Instagram to console his action-hero buddy afterward, telling his Expendables costar in a video: “No matter what they say, to me, you are the best. You were the winner. I’m proud of you.” 

@officialslystallone To me, you’re the best, no matter what they say.

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The Revenant Wins Some, Loses Some

There might have been a riot if The Revenant’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, hadn’t won the Best Actor Oscar after being nominated five times in the past, but while the film’s director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, also won for Best Director, the movie (which had 12 nominations) lost to Spotlight for Best Film.

Star Wars Gets Shut Out

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was nominated for five Academy Awards, but the blockbuster came up short, even losing in the Best Visual Effects category — the award went to Ex Machina.

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Adam McKay and Charles Randolph
McKay (left) and Charles Randolph, winners of the Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) award for ‘The Big Short,’ at the 88th Academy Awards.

The Anchorman Factor

The man who directed Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy now has an Oscar. Yep, you read that right. Frequent Will Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay picked up a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for writing The Big Short.

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