The 88th Academy Awards Oscars were filled with the same pomp and glamour that the world sees annually, but there was definitely an elephant in the room that had to be dealt with. #OscarsSoWhite was the nickname for the controversy over the alleged one sided nominations, and Chris Rock did not waste time diving into that pool.

Using his wit and humor he gave a fairly lengthy monologue explaining his view on the issue that had been in contention since the announcing of the nominees.

As the night went on, it became clear that the Academy Awards organizers had decided to use comedy to bring down the tension while at the same time entertaining the audience both at home and at the Dolby Arena in Los Angeles California.

Despite all the comedy, a lot of serious issues were discussed but the pinnacle of the night was on sexual abuse. Vice President Joe Biden spoke on the issue, urging Hollywood to “change the culture” on sexual abuse. This message was echoed by Lady Gaga who performed an emotional rendition of her song, “Till it happens to you” joined by survivors of sexual assault leading to tearful standing ovation in the arena.

Online chats were blowing up on who would win what category, but the big category of the night was “Actor in Leading Role” which so many wondered if Leonardo DiCaprio would get or be snubbed for another year. This was finally the year for DiCaprio who accepted the award thanks to his role in The Revenant and used the opportunity to speak on the environment and important global issues. He said, “If you don’t believe in climate change, you don’t believe in modern science or empirical truths.” DiCaprio has been an active ambassador for climate change.

Other big winners of the night included Alicia Vikander who scooped the best actress for a supporting role in The Danish Girl, Brie Larson who went home with the best actress in a leading role in  Bloom, and Spotlight, which was awarded the best picture. The biggest winner of the night was Mad Max: Fury Road which took away six Oscars. It won Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

There were a larger number of categories  for potential winners. Some of these categories include Best Directing, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Feature.

Collins Maroa
Staff Reporter

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