That 2015 Neil Patrick Harris hosted Oscars were matched with the 2011 Oscars for the third worst the Academy Awards has done in MM ratings since the last time Rock fronted the gig in 2005 - only 2009's Hugh Jackman-hosted 23.3 and 2008's Jon Stewart-hosted 21.9 were lower.
Times' TV critic. Rock himself showed up as a "black astronaut" whom NASA staffers played by Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig decided against saving, unlike "Martian" protagonist Mark Watney (Matt Damon). We took a look back at Oscar night and highlighted the five best and worst moments. George Miller's post-apocalyptic chase film, "Mad Max: Fury Road", sped away with six awards in technical categories for editing, makeup, production design , sound editing , sound mixing and costume design .
Thank you to the Academy. On why he didn't join the boycott: "So I thought about quitting, I thought about it real hard, but I realised they're going to have the Oscars anyway; they're not going to cancel because I quit". But it ain't that racist that you've grown accustomed to. "I think it was more just this idea how he was treating Hollywood of being so racist because black people hadn't been nominated".
Twenty-two years and five Academy Award nominations later, Leonardo DiCaprio is finally an Oscar victor thanks to his impressive turn in The Revenant. She said Rock returned to the theme of racism in ways that worked and some that did not - citing the evenings "oddest moment" as his introduction of Stacey Dash as "the academy's new head of outreach".
After a prolific career, consisting of some of the most-acclaimed movies made in the last decade, Leonardo DiCaprio was recognized at last at The Academy Awards. Rock, who hosted despite calls for him to join a boycott , unleashed a fierce monologue - one he apparently rewrote in the wake of the scandal to hold the Academy's 6,000-plus voting members, overwhelmingly white men, to account.
If an actor has already established a career, as DiCaprio has, argues Frank Pallotta of CNN , an Oscar win isn't necessary. On Sunday night, however, while Rock tackled the issue of lack of opportunities among black actors, what shocked the audience were his statements against Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will.