From host Chris Rock to the awards for best Actor and Actress, the 88th Annual Academy Awards left us with much to discuss (unlike the Grammy's). Let’s break down the over three-and-a-half-hour ceremony.
OK, I’ll just put this out there: LEONARDO DICAPRIO WON BEST ACTOR. Let’s be honest, that was the only reason you watched this year’s ceremony. It should have come as no surprise, as almost every expert in the field was predicting Leo to win for his leading role in “The Revenant.”
After six nominations, a career spanning almost 30 years and over 30 acting credits, DiCaprio finally won. It is not only a dream come true for Leo, but for all of us fans as well. In true Leo fashion, he used his acceptance speech not only to thank those people important to his career but to also shed light on the issue of global warming.
“The Revenant” also won Best Cinematography and Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu).
Brie Larson won for Best Actress for “Room,” which also comes as no surprise as most experts were predicting her to win as well. After several years as an actress, this is Larson’s break-out role. You may know her from small parts in “Trainwreck,” “21 Jump Street,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “13 Going on 30.”
“Mad Max: Fury Road” took home six awards, the most of the night, for Best Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing and Costume Design.
Apart from all the winners, there were other major moments in the show. Host Chris Rock made sure to address the racial elephant in the room. Rock started off being serious about the matter saying that celebrities have more important racial issues to protest other than the amount of black people nominated for Oscars.
Transitioning into the lighter portion of his opening, Rock stated that there should be black categories, just like there are male and female categories. He mentioned that Hollywood is definitely racist and used the comparison of sorority by saying, “We like you Ronda, but you’re not a Kappa.”
To end his segment, Rock touched on the fact that not everything that happens in society can be boiled down to an “ism,” “Everything is not sexism, everything is not racism.” Rock also helped his daughters Girl Scout troop sell cookies in the audience during the show. Of course, Rock ended the show by inviting everyone to the BET Awards and using the popular saying, “Black Lives Matter.”
New features at this year’s ceremony included the scrolling thank-yous at the bottom of the screen for each award winner as well as a short description of who each presenter was with credits and/or previous Oscar nominations or wins.
Woody and Buzz Lightyear got together for their 20th “friendship-iversary” (friendship anniversary) to present the award for Best Animated Feature Film, which went to “Inside Out.” R2-D2, BB-8 and C-3PO from the Star Wars franchise made an appearance at the show, as did the Minions.
There were several emotional performances throughout the night, including Dave Grohl singing The Beatles’ “Blackbird” during the “In Memoriam” tribute. Lady Gaga’s moving performance of “Till It Happens To You,” an original piece created for the documentary "The Hunting Ground," also left a major impression on viewers. During Gaga’s performance, survivors of sexual abuse joined her on stage. If you didn’t shed a tear for this performance, I’m questioning whether or not you’re actually human.
Other Oscar winners include:
Best Picture: “Spotlight”
Music (Original Song): Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes-“Writing’s On The Wall”
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander-“The Danish Girl”
Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance-“Bridge of Spies”
Documentary Feature: “Amy”
Writing (Original Screenplay): “Spotlight”
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): “The Big Short”
Visual Effects: “Ex Machina”
Short Film (Live Action): “Stutterer”
Short Film (Animated) “Bear Story”
Music (Original Score): “The Hateful Eight”
Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul”
Documentary (Short Subject): “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”