With deft timing and an impactful blend of humor and searing commentary, host Chris Rock took the bull by the horns at the Oscars, attacking the diversity crisis roiling the industry and not letting go all night long. "Let's not take this planet for granted - I do not take this night for granted". "We want black actors to get the same opportunities". There were few surprises, but the supporting actor win for Mark Rylance drew gasps.
Wearing a white tuxedo, Chris Rock, a black comedian, called the awards as "the White People's Choice Awards", while demonstrations supporting diversity were taking place not only in front of the Dolby Theatre, where the awards ceremony were taking place, but also throughout the U.S.
Despite everyone knowing that was going to happen, or maybe because of that, Twitter went insane! Rock showed off a filmed excursion to a theater in Los Angeles' predominantly black Compton neighborhood to ask patrons what they thought of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
This was due to backlash and protests over the Academy's lack of diverse nominees. And in a joke montage, gags were inserted into some of this year's movies. "It's not about boycotting anything". "We want black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors", Rock said. And that's it. Not just once.
But she was only the second woman to win an award in that category (the first being Suzanne Benson for Aliens in 1986) and the third to be nominated. The Franco-Turkish co-production Mustang by Deniz Gamze Erguven was also one of the nominees. Oscars host Chris Rock spared no one in his highly anticipated monologue at the 88th Academy Awards Ceremony Sunday.
There have been some brilliant examples in recent years, but for every Bridesmaids or Joy, there are 10 other movies with male superheroes at their core or overgrown boys running around in action sequences shooting guns. There is no reason, it's not track and field, you don't have to separate them. They weren't; spreading the blame to both sides does not mean you're equating both sides, or excusing either side.