It’s been a long journey for Leo, but after six nominations he finally got his Oscar for Best Actor. In an acting career that spans movies like Titanic, Inception, Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, and The Departed, who would’ve thought that he would win an Oscar for surviving a bear attack on camera?
2. Chris Rock’s Opening Monologue
In the weeks leading up to the Oscars the elephant in Hollywood was all the talk about the awards show and the movie industry being ‘whitewashed.’ We knew Chris Rock was going to address the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in his opening monologue, but the way he did it blew us away. The comedian started off light with a few hysterical lines, like calling Hollywood “Sorority Racist”, and saying this:
“There’s no need to have a man and a women category in acting, it’s not track and field. Robert De Niro’s never said, I better slow this acting down so Meryl Streep can catch up.”
And then dropped the mic with this line: “It’s not about boycotting. We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors.” Now we know why nobody in the history of the Oscars has ever tried to write an entire opening monologue about one serious issue. It’s because only Chris Rock is genius enough to pull it off.
3. The Thank You ticker tape
This year the Academy decided that cutting the Oscar-winners’ speeches off with cheery violin music wasn’t cutting it anymore, so they streamlined the speech process with an elegant ticker tape along the bottom of the screen that reeled off a pre-written list of names that the winners wanted to thank so that nobody got left out. It might have been our imagination, but the speeches did seem to be shorter, and anything that makes the Oscars less boring is a big win.
4. The Weeknd’s performance of “Earned It”
The Weeknd could sing random sentences from the book Fifty Shades of Grey and it would still be amazing. The Canadian crooner’s performance of the song “Earned It” from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack was on point, and we hope Hollywood takes note and hires him to work on more soundtracks next year so we can see him at the Oscars in 2017.
5. Louis CK’s presentation of Best Documentary Short Film award
“This Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic.”
6. Tracy Morgan in the #OscarsSoWhite skit
The #OscarsSoWhite skit poked fun at the Academy’s diversity problem by inserting black actors into the Best Picture nominees, and Tracy Morgan reminded us all why he’s one of the funniest actors around with his role in the video.
7. Olivia Munn’s red carpet look
Conventional fashion wisdom says you should never wear orange on a red carpet, but Olivia Munn is not conventional. The actress rocked a bright one-shouldered gown by Stella McCartney to the Academy Awards with matching tangerine lipstick and dangled Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on her arm. Pretty peachy.