The 88th Oscars took place on Sunday, February 28 and it might be the most controversial show yet. This year no African Americans actors, directors, or producers were nominated for an award, which resulted in many celebrities including Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee boycotting the event. Chris Rock hosted the Oscars and started off with a long monologue on the controversy over the possibility of Hollywood being racist.
“Chris Rock opened up everyone’s eyes to the issues of inequality,” said freshman Nate Wong.
Even though the tension, the Oscars were as astonishing as ever. David Grohl sang a perfect rendition of “Blackbird” by the Beatles and Lady Gaga did a heart wrenching performance of “Til It Happens to You” which raised awareness for sexual abuse.
Mad Max: Fury Road took home the most awards, with a total of 6 wins out of 10 nominations for Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. The award for Best Picture went to Spotlight. The movie was about the discovery of the covering up of child molestation within the Boston Catholic Archdiocese, which shook the entire Catholic Church.
“This film gave a voice to survivors,” said producer of Spotlight, Michael Sugar. “This Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican.”
The Best Actress award went to newcomer Brie Larson for her performance in Room. The most shocking, yet well deserved award was for Best Actor which went to Leonardo Dicaprio for his work in the movie The Revenant. After years of nominations and thousands of memes, Dicaprio finally won with millions cheering him on.
Despite everything the Oscars were amazing. It has always been entertaining to come together and be able to celebrate the life changing work these participants have done. The surprises were endless, with various tributes to past artists and causes and countless underdogs such as Leo Dicaprio and Brie Larson taking home big prizes.