It was really hard to concentrate on Inarritu's moving remarks on prejudice with the Wagnerian brushoff in the background. "I'm here at the Academy Awards - otherwise known as the White People's Choice Awards ", said host Chris Rock , warming up the audience for an Oscars in which issues from race, to climate change, and even "weirdo billionaires" were all up for grabs.
Last year, he won the same prize for Birdman . Apart from the actor's fans, celebrities congratulated DiCaprio in Twitter . He really did it! Brie Larson was named best actress for " Room ", while Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander won best supporting acting awards for their impressive performances in "Bridge of Spies" and "The Danish Girl" respectively.
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 .