The Big Moments…

-Chris Rock’s Bold and Brutally Honest Humor

When Chris Rock was announced as the host for this year’s Oscars, fans knew they were in for a show and couldn’t wait to see how the comedian’s usually raunchy humor would mesh with the setting. His opening monologue quickly brought his usual brutal sting by questioning why boycotting the Oscars for lack of diversity hasn’t happened in the past, in which he stated,

WHY? …BECAUSE WE HAD REAL THINGS TO PROTEST AT THE TIME. TOO BUSY BEING RAPED AND LYNCHED TO CARE ABOUT WHO WON BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER. WHEN YOUR GRANDMOTHER IS SWINGING FROM THE TREE, IT’S REALLY HARD TO CARE ABOUT BEST DOCUMENTARY FOREIGN SHORT.Chris Rock
The Smith’s weren’t even safe from being poked fun at, as the comedian quipped “It’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated, but it’s also not fair that Will got paid $20 million for Wild Wild West!” Chris Rock’s kept in true form for the rest of the night with his brand of brutal honesty, although he managed to offended people with his jokes. But then again, everyone pretty much expected Rock to be as controversial as he is funny.

 

-Leo Finally Wins

Leonardo DiCaprio wins his Oscar
Leonardo DiCaprio wins his Oscar

The fact that Leonardo DiCaprio went so long without an Oscar is something that upset many fans of him. The fact that Dicaprio found himself losing despite incredible performances is also something that sparked many memes and jokes on the internet as many claimed that the actor would never get his Oscar. Well after 36 films, Leonardo DiCaprio finally got the gold for his performance in The Revenant. Although many would say that this was his moment to finally gloat, the actor still remained humble and used his acceptance speech to bring awareness to climate change and saving the planet. Hopefully this isn’t his last Oscar worthy performance in a film.

 

-#JusticeForFlint           

Ryan Coogler
Ryan Coogler

Although this technically did not happen at the Oscars, it is related and definitely deserves attention. Ryan Coogler, director if the Oscar nominated Creed chose to spend the evening hosting the Justice for Flint charity event. The event not only raised awareness and funds for those affected by the Flint, MI water crisis, but also served as vehicle to acknowledge black entertainers. “You look at it and you see what’s happening from the outside and there’s no question why people are motivated to do the work. But once you get here and you meet the people, it’s like an extra battery.” Coogler told The Hollywood Reporter when discussing the event. For those boycotting the Oscars, this charity event was definitely worth attending.

These are just a few highlights of an awesome night at the Academy Awards. Despite the low ratings, Chris Rock and big winners made the ceremony one to remember. The only two things that can make next year’s Oscars even better would be to have just as many great moments, and MORE diversity in the nominations.

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