The Top 10 Oscar Moments of 2016
DiCaprio, Rock, Gaga, BB-8... the Oscars left us some golden moments this year.
The 88th annual Academy Awards are over so it's time to recap what we've witnessed. History was made and so were footnotes, but these were the most memorable moments:
1. DiCaprio Finally Wins
Trash those sad Leo memes everyone, the 41-year-old most famous actor in the world finally has his vindication. As predicted, DiCaprio won Best Actor for The Revenant, adding the most important award to Leo's already huge trophy case and cementing his legacy as one of America's greatest actors ever.
2. 'Spotlight' Upsets 'The Revenant'
The veritable rule when it comes to Best Picture winners is that they always win a lot of Oscars, not just the night's top prize. But Spotlight defied convention this year, taking home Best Picture despite only winning one other award (Best Original Screenplay). If anything, this win is a testament to the power of the written word. Most Oscar "experts" predicted a big win for The Revenant this year but it was not to be.
3. Rylance Wins, Stallone Loses
You can never call these things upsets, but this was the upset of the night. Mark Rylance, the veteran stage actor, knocked out Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, with a Best Supporting Actor win for Bridge of Spies. Stallone was favored by pundits far and wide for Creed, but the Academy went for the craftsman over the action star.
4. Chris Rock's Opening Monologue
The #OscarsSoWhite jokes came en masse and grew old pretty quick, but Rock's opening monologue was stellar. “If they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job.” He told the audience before launching into a frank discussion about race in Hollywood that came across as both down-to-Earth and invariably funny. Here it is in its entirety.
5. Lady Gaga Doesn't Disappoint
After an introduction from Vice President Joe Biden, Gaga brought the house down with a powerful rendition of "Til It Happens To You," her nominated song from The Hunting Ground. The documentary is about the current rape crisis on college campuses and Gaga was surrounded by survivors of sexual abuse while she sang.
6. Mad Max Wins
In a span of about 20 minutes, Mad Max: Fury Road proved it was no mere genre picture, scooping Costume Design, Production Design, and Makeup Oscars en route to six total awards, the most for any movie. FANG IT!!
7. The 'Star Wars' Droids Appearance
C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8 made appearances onstage at one point, much to the delight of everyone, but especially 9-year-old Room actor Jacob Tremblay, who jumped out of his seat for a better look.
8. Louis C.K. Kills It, Should Host
America's top comedian, C.K., proved it tonight in front of Chris Rock and the rest of Hollywood with his pithy introduction of the Best Documentary Short category. Looking out among the industry elite, he told them, "You came here winners and you're leaving millionaires... This Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic." referring to the blue collar sensibilities of the less-famous documentarians.
9. Tremblay on the Red Carpet
The star of the carpet, as far as we're concerned, was young Tremblay who told Ryan Seacrest he has a good view of "people's legs" from his low perspective, before showing off his Darth Vader socks to photographers. He was quite the charmer.
10. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
The Titanic stars had a glamorous reunion on the red carpet, posing for pics and looking generally amazing together. They almost had a post-award reunion since Leo won, but Kate lost Best Supporting Actress to Alicia Vikander so it was not to be. See more of the good friends together before the show here.