And what can you say except I'm very grateful? "I would rather be a free thinking, black than a cookie cutter black who thinks - and votes - just like all my friends". Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar win set a new record on Twitter . His first acting nod, for a supporting role, came in 1994 for " What's Eating Gilbert Grape ", followed by lead actor nominations for " The Aviator ", " Blood Diamond " and " The Wolf of Wall Street ".
Tobey Maguire is just a boy in tights". The skit involving the three children was an apparent reference to Asians being good at maths. For Pete's sake, the telecast even brought out actress Stacey Dash to wish everyone a happy Black History Month.
Particularly in regards to numerous awards for the visual aspects of filmmaking, the move absolutely cleaned up. While a really good movie - good enough to win the Golden Globe and BAFTA - "The Revenant" seemed to slow to a literal crawl, at times to the point where it lost the audience until the next meaningful plot point.
But if the Academy Awards was any indication of the overall problem with Hollywood, it's that the conversation was too focused on black and white. Last night's 88th annual Academy Awards was a testament to Hollywood's special talent for dismissing its shortcomings even as it acknowledges them.
In a huge upset, Mark Rylance beat out Sylvester Stallone to take home the best supporting actor award for his role in "Bridge of Spies". Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl". The scorn from the audience were captured in a six-second video watched 16 million times since Monday's Oscars . Leonardo DiCaprio finally captured the elusive trophy.
About 34.3 million people tuned in for the ABC broadcast hosted by Chris Rock, an 8% drop from 37.3 million a year ago, according to preliminary Nielsen data cited by the network. Rock said that he himself was urged by some to step down as host in protest. The past several weeks leading up to the 88th Annual Academy Awards a.k.a.