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Spotlight and The Big Short are first winners at 2016 Oscars

Journalism drama Spotlight and financial comedy The Big Short were early winners at the 2016 Oscars after taking home the first two awards.
Filmmaker Tom McCarthy and his fellow screenwriter Josh Singer continued their awards season winning streak by claiming Best Original Screenplay for Spotlight, which details the Boston Globe’s 2002 expose on the child molestation scandal which rocked the Catholic church in Boston, Massachusetts.
The movie is nominated for six Academy Awards at Sunday’s (28Feb16) prizegiving, including Best Director for McCarthy and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, respectively.
Meanwhile, Adam McKay and Charles Randolph were also celebrating moments after the Los Angeles ceremony kicked off, after landing the Best Adapted Screenplay honour for The Big Short, a comedic take on the 2008 financial crash, based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis.
Director McKay used his acceptance speech to encourage his fellow U.S. citizens to vote responsibly at the upcoming presidential elections if they really want to see change in the future.
“If you don’t want big money to control big government, don’t vote for candidates that take money from big banks, oil, or weirdo billionaires,” McKay declared. “Stop!”
Comedian Chris Rock is hosting Hollywood’s big night, which is taking place at the Dolby Theatre, and he addressed the awards’ lack of diversity among its top nominees head on, opening the show by quipping, “Well, I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards!”

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