The actor received a flood of congratulations on Twitter after his first win. "To my parents, none of this would have been possible without you", Leonardo DiCaprio said. "It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species". "We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors - that's it. That's it, you know?" As he took the stage at the Dolby Theatre following a montage of film clips from the past year, Rock quickly pointed out, "I counted at least 15 black people ...
Catholic Church abuse movie Spotlight was named best picture , the top award at the Oscars ceremony, after a night peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry.
Backstage, the actor talked about the past year and what it means to have finally won. Brie Larson won best actress for her role in Room, a thriller about a young mother held captive. You should quit.' How come there's only unemployed people to tell you to quit something? And the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart'.
He launched immediately into the uproar over the lack of diversity in this year's nominees, and didn't let up, dubbing the show "The White People's Choice Awards" at the start. "Spike got mad. Jada went mad, Will went mad". That means the Chris Rock-hosted show was on in 23.4 percent of American households with televisions, and 36 percent of TVs turned on during Sunday night's telecast, according to Variety .
We got a Black Rocky . Rock addressed police violence against black community, saying " This year at the Oscars, things are gonna be a real different". Mexico's Alejandro Inarritu nabbed the best directing Oscar for The Revenant, taking home the trophy for the second straight year after winning in 2015 for Birdman .
Then came the moment that we'd all been waiting for - the Best Actor category. It's the 88th Academy Awards, which means this "no black nominees" thing happened at least 71 other times. Drafted to lead this juggling act was Rock, a no-nonsense humorist who, as a black man, was put in a dicey position: That of mouthpiece for everyone in the film industry who isn't white.