The 2016 Oscar awards show re-cap
The 88th Academy Awards started off with a bang as host Chris Rock took on the lack of diversity in Hollywood with some very pointed jokes and never let go.
The 88th annual Academy Awards has given us plenty to talk about:
Chris Rock makes a room full of white people squirmy and doesn't let up.
Leonardo DiCaprio becomes the king of the world by finally winning the Oscar.
And investigative journalism gets the golden Spotlight.
We are all in the Oscars afterglow and the LA Times Rebecca Keegan joined the show to break it all down.
Other highlights from the show:
Mark Rylance beating out Sly Stallone, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Bale and Tom Hardy for Best Supporting Actor.
It was one of the biggest upsets of the night and the internet was abuzz about Sly Stallone's snub:
Alejandro González Iñárritu refuses to be played off
The show really tried to control the length of acceptance speeches by having the orchestra play them off. Now, they really tried when Iñárritu, who won for best director for Revenant but he wasn't stopping.
He started off his speech by thanking stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Just as he was thanking cinematographer Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki the music began to play and get louder, but Iñárritu pushed on, concluding:
“I am very lucky to be here tonight, but unfortunately, many others haven’t had the same luck. There is a line in the film that [Glass says] to his mixed-race son, ‘They don’t listen to you, they just see the color of your skin. So what a great opportunity to our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and, you know, this tribal thinking, and make sure for once and forever that the color of the skin become as irrelevant as the length of our hair.”
How do we the Academy avoid another #OscarSoWhite
The countdown is now on for when next year's list of nominees is announced. What happens if there is a repeat of #OscarsSoWhite? The controversy is fresh but the movie making process is slow. Is there enough time for the next batch of nominees to be more diverse? It's not looking good, LA Times found the Academy is still 91% white after four years of a diversity drive.
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