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These Are The Big British Winners Of The 2016 Academy Awards

Mark Rylance, Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes, and costume designer Jenny Beavan all took home Oscars.

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Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance
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Mark Rylance

The 56-year-old actor won for his role in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.

Best Costume: Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road

Warner Bros.

English costume designer Beavan has been nominated for an Academy Award eight times – she last won in 1986 for A Room With a View.

Best Original Song: Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes, "Writing's on the Wall" (Spectre)

Sam Smith (right) and Jimmy Napes (left).
Doug Peters

Sam Smith (right) and Jimmy Napes (left).

Smith dedicated Bond theme song "Writing's on the Wall", co-written with fellow Brit Jimmy Napes for Spectre, to the LGBT community.

Best Documentary Feature: Asif Kapadia, Amy

Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
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Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Kapadia’s portrayal of British singer Amy Winehouse has been one of the most commercially successful British documentaries in years.

Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina

A24 Films

Visual effects (VFX) supervisor Andrew Whitehurst, along with his team, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, and Sara Bennett, clinched the prize instead of the people behind larger productions like Mad Max: Fury Road.

Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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