He then joked about the #OscarsSoWhite protesters outside the building and the academy's decades-long history of overlooking black actors, particularly during the civil rights movement. As Deadline notes , the second-most-watched Oscar ceremony since 2000 was in 2004 when Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - the final film in that box office-ruling trilogy - won Best Picture .
His tenor was "why would somebody be boycotting an affair if that somebody wasn't invited at all?" And Rick says - "If he would have said his peace during the opening monolog and then stopped I would have been ok with it. He did this with suave and class as he even joked about the opening montage of the Oscars where several black actors could be seen. The host didn't waste any time before diving into the highly talked about diversity issue with the nominations this year, and in turn, ...
We predict that Brie Larson will win that Oscar . Perhaps you've heard that Idris Elba, who was terrific in "Beasts of No Nation", won the SAG award in this category and wasn't even nominated here? " The Revenant " leads with 12 nominations, including best picture, and it's locked in a three-way battle with the investment dramedy "The Big Short" and the journalism tale " Spotlight " for the night's top prize.
It was the evening Leonardo DiCaprio had been awaiting for the past two decades. When asked about his emotions regarding the win, the 41-year-old star said he felt grateful not only for the award but also for getting a chance to share his thoughts on the current environmental crisis.
Adele used her Brit Awards acceptance speech to show love for Kesha. One of the most powerful moments of the evening was the tribute to David Bowie by Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman. Bieber previously won a Brit Award in 2011 for the "Breakthrough Artist of the Year". For the best British Group , Coldplay won the award, which is their fourth British group win, and dedicated it to musicians around the world who are in refugee camps.
Public Enemy's Chuck D has since responded to the Academy's decision to use the song during the show on Twitter , where he also commented further on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy at length. Originally written for Spike Lee's movie Do the Right Thing , Oscars music supervisor Byron Phillips included it to frame the "tone" of the ceremony.