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.
"I'm here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People's Choice Awards", Rock said.
"Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our species, we need to work together and stop procrastinating", he said.
"You gotta figure that it happened in the '50s, in the '60s - you know, in the '60s, one of those years Sidney [Poitier] didn't put out a movie". I'm sure there were no black nominees some of those years. "So even though Chris had some great humor centered on this issue, he also seemed a little tone deaf when it came to talking about people of color who were not black". "It's like, 'We like you Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa", he said.
Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home an Oscar on Sunday night for his starring role in "The Revenant", ending months of speculation whether he would break down one of the last remaining barriers in Hollywood and be the first vapist to win an Academy Award. "We got a black "Rocky" this year". For some, it was too much, but for most, it was full of a lot of things that needed to be said about an industry that doesn't give enough opportunities to non-white actors.
Best Actress went to Brie Larson for playing a young woman held captive for years in "Room".
The biggest victor on the night was "Mad Max: Fury Road" sweeping with 6 Oscars on the night including for Sound, Sound Mixing, Hair and Makeup, Production, Film Editing and Costume Design.