The 88th annual Oscar Awards befell our weary world last night.
There was a lot of good, a lot of bad... and some 'oh.'
We break down all the highlights and the low low low.
The comedian/host took the largely white audience by the jugular with his monologue on this year's unacceptable lack of diverse nominees and basically didn't let up for the next three hours. People were visibly uncomfortable and unsure to clap. And it was glorious.
While it's hard to even try to pick the best parts, a standout from the show's opening included a scathing and hilarious #OscarsSoWhite short featuring black actors inserted into this year's variously nominated movies, including Leslie Jones as the bear in
...and a perfect Tracy Morgan as
The Danish Girl.
Later, Rock went to a movie theater in Compton to ask black moviegoers about this year's nominees.
He also found the one person in the country who saw the Brad and Angelina Jolie mess,
By the Sea.
The movie, rightfully, took home a ton of awards, which meant we were treated to a lot of acceptance speeches from wonderfully real Australian movie makers who were all out of fucks to give about being Fancy Oscar People.This included Jenny Beaven, who won for costume design and accepted her award in a fucking leather jacket with a giant skull on the back of it.
She told media backstage (via
The Wrap), " I just like feeling comfortable. And I'm sorry — as far as I'm concerned, I'm really dressed up." QUEEN.
Also, trigger warning for any arty teen who's had to walk by the jock table in the cafeteria:
Also, in a sweet segment, Chris Rock brought out his daughters and their Girl Scouts troupe to sell cookies to the stars.
The plan was a success: Rock's girls raised over $65K.
Lady Gaga: everything.
Introduced by Joe Motherfucking Biden, the superstar performed an earth-shattering rendition of her sexual assault solidarity anthem "Until It Happens to You" (which she was nominated for with Diane Warren, from the documentary The Hunting Grounds).
Joining her on stage were 50 survivors of rape (some featured in the documentary), with phrases like "it's not your fault" scrawled across their bodies.
It brought the audience to their feet (and emotional knees), like Rachel McAdams....
...and Kate Winslet...
...and all of us.
Mark Ruffalo winking at the camera.
Kate Capshaw presents THE LEWK
Her husband, Steven Spielberg, took the passenger seat last night.
Spotlight takes home Best Picture.
Aside from the brave content of the film, it was a relief that
The Revenant didn't win.
Morgan Freeman shoving his way to Girl Scout cookies:
Freeman, who starred in
Spotlight, showed no mercy in getting his fingers on the tasty prize. We don't blame him.
Chris Rock introduced Racist Queen of Garbage Water, Stacey Dash, as the "New Director of the Academy's Minority Outreach Program."
Clearly, the joke was lost on all, but thankfully, Ms. Dash got her comeuppance.
Some great reactions included the Weeknd...
...and Shonda Rimes...
...including performance of that boring 007 song (that Radiohead did better)...
He sounded like he was singing underwater.
Then, when Sam Smith won Best Original Song, over Lady GaGa...
...and made this searingly tone deaf speech, where he claimed (via Ian McKellan), that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, before him:
Hmmm, how about Elton John in 1995...
...or Dustin Lance Black in 2009.
Thankfully, Dustin Lance Black had a few words for the fuckery:
Here was Smith's reaction, post-win, after being informed of his incorrect assumption: