Oscars 2016: A Rundown Of The 88th Annual Academy Awards
By Dr. Zaius
Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 1:10 am
Oscars 2016 has come and gone. The stars walked from the Red Carpet in Hollywood. We saw what they were wearing. The winners were announced, and the 88th Annual Academy Awards, which was broadcasted on ABC live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, tonight, is done.
There were a lot of intriguing storylines heading into this year’s show: Would Leonardo DiCaprio finally get his first Oscar? Would Sylvester Stallone win for a character he was nominated for 40 years ago? Would Alejandro Inarritu become the first director since Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1949-50 to win back-to-back Best Director honors? What about the elephant in the room — the lack of diversity amongst the acting nominees for the second straight year — would it be addressed? What on earth would host Chris Rock say?!?!
Now the the ceremony is over, here’s a rundown of the evening’s events…
After a montage of the films of 2015, Chris Rock is introduced and well… so much for that elephant. Rock spent his entire opening monologue addressing the race controversy. “There were 15 black people in that montage! Welcome to the White People’s Choice Awards.” Rock even blasted Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith for boycotting the show this year.
“Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!”
He added this zinger towards Will: “Nobody boycotted when Will got $20 million for Wild Wild West.” He wondered why this was such a big deal now as out of 88 awards shows this was probably the 71st with no black nominees. No blacks were nominated in the 50s and 60s, but they were busy protesting other more serious issues. Rock pushed for Black actors to get more of a chance. While some of his jokes hit the marks, some made the crowd stare awkwardly.
Beaven used her short speech allotment to remind us all that if we keep polluting the atmosphere, the future of Fury RoadMad Max: Fury Road dominated the early awards:
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design
Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Three straight wins for Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, that’s impressive! He won this time for The Revenant.
The biggest props of the night went to the Namibian Desert, as seen in Mad Max: Fury Road.
The bashing of Will Smith didn’t end with the monologue as Chris Rock introduced a Black History Month celebration to the star of Enemy of the State and Shark Tale“¦ Jack Black! Wow, it must’ve been an uncomfortable night in the Pinkett-Smith household.
I am SHOCKED that Slyvester Stallone lost for Best Supporting Actor in Creed. I wasn’t even rooting for him, but now that he lost, I’m kinda upset. Winner Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies) was so sincere in his speech; plus, why the hell was Steven Spielberg sitting so far from the stage? If there’s one guy who has earned a lifetime front row seat, it’s Steven Spielberg.
Louis C.K. stole the Oscars with his totally true and hilarious take on the Best Documentary Short Subject category, talking about how it’s the only category of the night where the winner are poor. “This Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic,” stating that the status will be “the nicest thing they own.”
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs had to feel like the most awkward person in the room; an African American woman who is the head of the Academy on a night that can’t get beyond the subject of The Academy’s lack of diversity in the acting categories. She did make a nice speech about changes being made in the Academy to make things more diverse in the future.
Louis Gossett Jr. introduced Dave Grohl, who performed the Beatles classic “Blackbird” for the In Memoriam. Wes Craven, Christopher Lee, Maureen O’Hara, Omar Sharif, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, and Leonard Nimoy were some of those who passed away in the last year”¦ that’s a seriously talented group.
Brie Larson was so cute cheering on Jacob Tremblay, who said, “Thanks Chris, loved you in Madagascar”¦ He’s the zebra, he was hilarious” when he came up on stage to present the award for Live-Action Short (the winner was Stutterer).
There was something really cool about Vice President Joe Biden coming out to the Indiana Jones theme. He introduced Lady Gaga, who performed her Oscar-nominated song “Till It Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground about rape and abuse. Her performance, where she was surrounded by actual victims, was genuinely powerful.
But, it kinda made that whole Lady Gaga number seem pointless when Sam Smith won Best Original Song for the most boring James Bond them song ever. Also, how insulting was it that only 3 out of 5 nominated songs were performed live?!?
I marked out pretty hard for Ennio Morricone winning Best Original Score for my favorite director Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Morricone contributed some of the greatest music ever put to film and this is the icing on an amazing career. He gave his acceptance speech in his native Italian, as an interpreter gave us the English translation.
The film Room was so good, I actually got nervous and goosebumps watching the preview video for it tonight.
Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu became only the third director ever to win Best Director two straight years and the first since 1949-50. In a year where a lack of diversity has stood out, this marks the third straight Mexican-born Best Director winner. So diversity in directing seems to be where it’s at. What’s interesting is that IÃ±Ã¡rritu gave off such a weird vibe it’s almost hard to root for him. I can’t explain it, his facial expressions, his bravado, he is just very hard to root for, and he’s fantastic at what he does.
I actually teared up when Brie Larson won and turned to hug Jacob Tremblay, who played her young son in Room.
Finally, Leonardo DiCaprio, after six nominations, is an Oscar winner. Consider this: Leo got a standing ovation for finally winning an Oscar at age 41″¦ he’s not 81 folks. Great speech by DiCaprio, though, which included shout outs to climate change and the indigenous people, and a great moment watching Kate Winslet unabashedly celebrating her friend and former co-star.
In a final tribute to diversity, Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman presented the Best Picture award to The Revenant“¦ wait, what??? No, it wasn’t The Revenant, it was Spotlight!!! Holy Crap! Talk about out of nowhere! In a night where Mad Max dominated early, and The Revenant was cruising towards a big finale, Spotlight snuck in and stole the Best Picture Oscar. The film was terrific and deserving, but just WOW, what a surprise that was. It won the first award of the night for Tom McCarthy’s original screenplay, and wasn’t heard from again until 12:05am EST when Best Picture was announced. Jaws were on the floor.