The 88th Annual Academy Awards: The Most Anticipated Night of the Year

By Jacqueline Gorr

The Oscars were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles this past Sunday, February 28. There was a lack of diversity within the audience members and nominees, heartfelt moments and had first time wins.
Chris Rock is a second time host for the event and is known for not holding anything back. The Oscars’ controversies this year were due to the lack of non-white nominations. Many African American actors decided to boycott the award ceremony, such as Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. It wasn’t clear if Chris Rock was going to do the same. He ended up being the host and making his monologue about the Oscars lack of African Americans nominations. He opened up the show with: “Well, I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards.” When he welcomed presenters Racheal McAdams and Michael B. Jordan he said, “Now, please welcome one of this year’s nominees, Racheal McAdams, and a shoulda-been nominee, Michael B. Jordan.” The message that he portrayed with his act was that there is so much talent out there among all races.
The most anticipated moments of the night were the winners of best picture, actor in a leading role and actress in a leading role. The winner for best picture was Spotlight. The film is about the editor of The Boston Globe who assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, a priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. The reporters try to find proof that sexual abuse was being covered up. The winner for actor in a leading role was Leonardo DiCaprio for the film, The Revenant. This is the first Academy Award for DiCaprio. He has been acting for over two decades and in 1994 he got his first nomination for the film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. When the presenters called his name, everyone was up on their feet. Brie Larson wins best actress for the film, The Room. Looking excited because this is her first Oscar, she thanked everyone that was a part of the making of the film. This was her first serious film; she is best known to be seen in the films 21 Jump Street and Train wreck.
There was a performance that had everyone on their feet. Lady Gaga was nominated for her song, “Til It Happens To You” in the film The Hunting Ground. The film is a documentary about sexual assaults that happen on college campuses. Gaga is a survivor from assault and was joined onstage with multiple survivors with messages on their arms such as “it happened to me” and “Survivor.” By the end of the performance, there was a standing ovation from the audience and Gaga was in tears. Gaga was introduced by Vice President Joe Biden which he encourages everyone to sign a pledge. The pledge states, that you will intervene in situations where consent cannot be given.
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