Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Wins An Oscar And 12 Other Must-See Moments From #Oscars2016
The 88th Academy Awards has come and gone, wrapping up the 2015/2016 awards season with some of the most memorable moments in Oscar history, despite being marred by the #OscarsSoWhite controversy
The #OscarsSoWhite movement sparked conversation about racism in Hollywood's recognition of talent and accomplishments when the acting nominations were revealed to be made up of white actors and actresses for the second year running.
A 4-hour long awards show can get rather monotonous, but this year's Oscars had its randomly funny moments as well as some euphoric and poignant moments to keep the audience (i.e. us) entertained. Check out the highlights:
1. Host Chris Rock kicked off the 2016 Oscars with a no-holds-barred opening monologue addressing the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Winning lines include:
2. To further prove his point, he also interviewed some moviegoers to see what they thought of the Oscar nominees
3. We did promise funny stuff, so here's one. Poking fun at the all-white acting nominations, Chris Rock and friends reimagined what it'd be like if there were black characters in the Best Picture Nominees
4. Oh, hello Big Bear from 'The Revenant'!
5. Remember when Ellen DeGeneres had pizza delivered in 2014? Chris Rock brought his daughter's Girl Scout troop to, uh, sell cookies to the stars!
6. Because it's a family-friendly awards show, the Oscars roped in the Minions and Toy Story's Woody and Buzz Lightyear for a stint on the presenters' stage
7. C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8 accidentally wandered onto the stage...
8. Speaking of Jacob Tremblay, this dapper young man is slayin' his first time on the Oscars red carpet. HE'S SO ADORABLE.
9. Then came the feels. Dave Grohl's performance of 'Blackbird' served as a backdrop to the "In Memoriam" segment, paying tribute to Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Leonard Nimoy, and many others who've left us.
10. Vice President of USA Joe Biden received a standing ovation when he made a stand against rape, sexual abuse, and victim-shaming while urging those in attendance to do the same before introducing Lady Gaga
11. We had goosebumps watching Lady Gaga's powerful performance of ''Til It Happens To You', accompanied by dozens of women and men with phrases like "survivor", "unbreakable", and "not your fault" written on their arms
For context, the song is written by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga herself for 'The Hunting Ground', a documentary about rape and assault on college campuses.
These GIFs really don't do the performance justice; members of the audience were in tears and gave the pop star a standing ovation after her rousing finish.
12. Most importantly, Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won his first ever Oscar!
13. There he was, holding onto his Oscar like a proud first-time parent... who then took the opportunity to bring attention to climate change and justice for the indigenous people after his thank-yous. #champ
"Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating," he said.
"We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.
"I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much."
BONUS: Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio's friendship is the most precious thing in the world
Check out the full winners' list below:
Best Picture: “Spotlight”
Best Direction: “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Best Actress: Brie Larson, “Room”
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Best Original Screenplay: “Spotlight,” Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Best Cinematography: “The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Production Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (set decoration)
Best Film Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel
Best Visual Effects: “Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Best Costume Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan
Best Makeup: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
Best Sound Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White
Best Sound Mixing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Best Score: “The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone
Best Song: “Writing’s on the Wall,” from “Spectre,” Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Best Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul” (Hungary)
Best Animated Feature: “Inside Out”
Best Documentary Feature: “Amy”
Best Animated Short: “Bear Story”
Best Documentary Short: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
Best Live Action Short: “Stutterer”