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Oscars Recap: The Year of Leo

By Elise Cardenas

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Unlike the movies they celebrate, the Oscars run around three hours too long. On top of that, it became even harder to watch Sunday’s entire broadcast of the 88th Academy Awards because of its cringe-worthy material.


But fear not! We have the recap of all the important moments you need to know.





Finally, after six nominations from the Academy, DiCaprio finally took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant. During his first Oscar’s acceptance speech, DiCaprio addressed the issue of climate change by asking the audience to appreciate the planet.


Journalism aka Spotlight Wins Big



In the shadows of Leo’s big win, journalists (and some moviegoers) everywhere celebrated Spotlight. The film won the grand award of Best Picture beating out heavy contender The Revenant. Earlier in the evening, Spotlight snatched another Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.


Racism Takes Center Stage


It started with host Chris Rock’s opening monologue and continued throughout the entire show. Rock addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy by saying, “You’re damn right Hollywood’s racist, but not the racist that you’ve grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like, ‘We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.’ That’s how Hollywood is.”


Several people refused to attend the awards because of the lack of diversity. Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee were among those who skipped out on this year’s show. However, Stacey Dash — a Fox New correspondent — made her presence known during the ceremony. For those who didn’t quite catch the joke, Dash made headlines by questioning the existence of BET and Black History Month.


After Rock’s monologue he introduced Dash to the stage as “The New Director of the Minority Outreach Program.” She fake-laughed her way on the stage to say, “I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month,” making for the weirdest moment of the show.



Rock came back later in the evening with a stereotypical Asian joke that caused backlash. He stereotyped Asians as excelling in math and then brought out three Asian American children on stage and said, “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids.”  Check out the moment below.



Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You”



After Vice President Joe Biden’s introduction, Gaga took the stage to perform her Oscar nominated song. Her powerful performance featured survivors of sexual assault as they joined together on stage. Although the Oscar for Best Original Song went to Sam Smith, Gaga’s performance moved many in the audience to tears.


Mad Max: Fury Road Takes Over Technical Awards

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Mad Max won the most awards of the evening with six out of their ten total nominations. Most of their awards came from technical categories. The cast and crew won Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design and Best Makeup. Long story short, Mad Max killed it in terms of production.



Other Standouts From the Night



Disney Pixar’s Inside Out won for Best Animated Feature while Amy won for Best Documentary Feature. Best Actress went to Brie Larson for her role in Room, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress went to Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander respectively. To see the full list of winners from the night click here.


Don’t agree with the Academy’s picks? Tweet us @burnt_x and let us know who you think got snubbed.