Hollywood’s biggest night, indeed! The 88th Academy Awards did not disappoint. Host Chris Rock addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy head-on, Lady Gaga delivered a powerful performance and Leonardo DiCaprio finally scored his first-ever Oscar, among other notable moments from the show, held at L.A.’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday, February 28.
The second-time host knocked the diversity issue in his loaded monologue, while also throwing shade at boycotter Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Jada said she’s not coming. I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?'” Rock quipped. “Jada’s gonna boycott the Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties — I wasn’t invited!”
“It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times,” Rock added, sending the audience into hysterics.
Stacey Dash — who was criticized for her January comments about boycotting the BET Awards and eliminating Black History Month — made a surprise appearance that fell flat.
“Happy Black History Month!” the Clueless alum joked.
“No one laughed or applauded when she came out,” an insider told Us of the awkward moment.
Lady Gaga, however, got a standing ovation from the audience for her powerful performance of her Best Original Song–nominated hit, “Til It Happens to You,” written for the film The Hunting Ground, which is about rape on college campuses. Gaga performed alongside sexual assault survivors.
DiCaprio also had a great moment during the show. After being nominated a whopping six times, the actor was finally awarded a trophy for his performance in The Revenant. While making his way to the stage, the crowd rose to their feet as his Titanic costar Kate Winslet happily clapped and cheered.
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