On Sunday February 28, the 88th Academy Awards Ceremony was held. There was a massive amount of hype, yet a lot of controversy.
Some actors and movies worked hard to win Oscars, some addressed heavy topics, not only in Hollywood, but the entire world. This 88th ceremony was one to remember. Chris Rock entertained the crowd with humor, while simultaneously coating on his message that the African-American race needs more opportunities in acting. Whoopi Goldberg and Kristin Wiig recognized and analyzed racist undertones in today’s pop culture. Lady Gaga performed her powerful song “Til It Happens to You” to pay tribute to victims of rape and other forms of sexual assault.
On the brighter side…LEO WON AN OSCAR! Leonardo DiCaprio’s nomination for his role in The Revenant was his sixth nomination, but his first win. In his acceptance speech he not only thanked a lot of people for his success, he also stated, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our species. Let us not take this planet for granted—I do not take tonight for granted.” DiCaprio’s win is the end of the meme train jeering at his lack of Oscars.
Winning awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture was Spotlight. The drama focuses on the importance of investigative journalism working to expose ignored sexual abuse within Catholic clergy. Another memorable movie was Mad Max: Fury Road, winning Oscar after Oscar—they had six by the end of the night.
The thank you speeches were as good as the ceremony itself. On stage, actors, directors, and contributors really emphasized “yay we” rather than “yay me”. They thanked and made dedications to so many people who helped them get to their position today, and spoke about pressing issues going on in the world today, and the changes they’d like to see in the world. Award winners got the chance to reflect and analyze not only their success but also how they got to the success.
The ceremony this year tackled problems not only in our culture, but our world. There were greet movies and great actors/contributors who won well deserved awards. Hopefully in the 89th, we see some change so we can further enjoy our successes together.
Written by Nifa Kaniga