The wins, the monologues and the little bits of emotion filled and funny announcements and an array of great musical performances, here are the best moments of the 2016 Academy Awards.
The 88th Annual Academy Awards held in the Dolby Digital Theatre in Los Angeles was a torrid affair. The Red Carpet was filled with stars and attendees to honour the best in movies in the year 2015.
This year’s Oscar ceremony was already swept up by the OscarSoWhite controversy and the red carpet was also flanked by protestors at a distance who has placards and banners showing different statements. Even that wasn’t enough to put a damper on the red carpet excitement.
Some new blood like Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander and Jason Tremblay just revelled in the spotlight and showed their excitement to be there. There were also many diverse attendees like Kerry Washington, Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Common, John Legend, Orlando Jones and Beasts of No Nation Abraham Attah were all in attendance to support host Chris Rock, address the diversity issue and enjoy the ceremony. All actresses and attendees stunned the press with some amazing outfits as they headed inside for the ceremony.
Inside, the show kicked off with Chris Rock’s much anticipated monologue ever since he announced that he will host the Oscar following the diversity controversy.
Chris Rock was rumoured to have changed his entire monologue and one knew what it had been changed to. Chris Rock was not hesitant to bite right into the issue. Instead he based his entire monologue around the diversity issue. Rock addressed the lack of opportunity and defined the type of racism that exists in Hollywood.
The 10 minutes long monologue was funny in a bitter way. He did not refrain from addressing the issue that black people did not get enough roles and there should be black categories just like there were categories for men and women actors.
The awards were not track and games. So if black people wanted to be nominated, they should have separate nominees. He said that he thanked God that they did not nominate the host or otherwise he’d be out of this Oscar gig.
The reason he had decided not to quit was that he did not want Kevin Hart to hog another one of his jobs. At the end he, welcomed everyone to the Oscars.
This year, there were many things that were odd and untraditional. Chris Rock gave his daughter’s Girl Scouts to sell their cookies to the hungry celebrities and star like Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore helped the girls earn more than 65 thousand dollars.
Other amazing bits of the show included a cameo of Jason Tremblay with R2-D2 and C3PO. The little Room star was not nominated but he was definitely a highlight of the show and the red carpet. Joe Biden also made a special introduction for Lady Gaga who performed her nominated track, Til it Happens To You.
The performance ended with sexual assault victims coming out on the stage. The other perfomances included The Weeknd and Sam Smith who later won the Best Original Soundtrack for Writing’s on The Wall for Spectre 007.
Sam dedicated his award for LGBT community saying that he was a proud gay man to be accepting an award. Ennio Morricone won the Best Original Score for The Hateful Eight. This is the second win for the Italian composer and he dedicated it to John Williams for his work in Star Wars.
Mad Max: Fury Road became the biggest winner of the night. Although all the awards were in technical categories but all in all it won a total of six awards which was more than any movie of the night.
The other biggest winner was The Revenant for which Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. Alejandro G. Innaritu thanked Leonardo for the movie and his Native American cast.
He also emphasized the need for equality and eradication of prejudice among crowds. Leonardo gave a nod to Tom Hardy who smiled, Innaritu and his parents.
He then addressed the issue of Global Warming. He emphasized that it was a real issue facing the humanity and we all had to pay attention to its affliction.
The Best Supporting Actor award went to (surprisingly) Mark Rylance from the Bridge of Spies. Mark gave a shout out to Tom Hanks and said that it was a great time to be an actor.
He won despite a general favour towards Sylvester Stallone winning the award. Many people were disappointed but there is no denying that Oscar predictions were inclined towards Rylance winning it.
The Best Supporting Actress went to Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl despite a general support for Kate Winslet but everyone agreed that she deserved the award. She gave a shoutout to Eddie Redmayne, saying that he had up her game.
Brie Larson was also the great winner of the night as she won the Best Actress Oscar. She thanked her mother for being an amazing single parent and also Jason Tremblay for being an amazing co-star. She said that playing her role had made her more appreciative of a mother’s hardship.
The biggest winner of the night was Spotlight. The journalists all over the world rejoiced as the Boston Herald team based movie about the priests’ assault of children won the Best Movie and Best Original Screenplay. Best Adapted Screenplay went to the Big Short and the Best Animated Feature went to Inside Out.
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The ceremony went great considering the controversy surrounding the Academy. It went great for some people, not so great for another and went down in history as another memorable night. Now all eyes are on the next year’s ceremony for seeing the diversity changes that the Academy has announced.