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Oscars ratings down 6 percent to eight-year low

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The 88th Annual Academy Awards had controversy, Chris Rock, and a few surprises ("Spotlight" wins Best Picture!), but the big storylines on Hollywood's biggest night brought in disappointing ratings for the Oscars.

Twenty-two years and five Academy Award nominations later, Leonardo DiCaprio is finally an Oscar victor thanks to his impressive turn in The Revenant.

"Is Hollywood racist? You're damn right Hollywood is racist".

"That's a version of a joke that a lot of people have told, in reference to the Oscars So White controversy. But you're not a Kappa.' That's how Hollywood is".

The skewering didn't end there.

"Climate change is real", the actor said. "We're working with the team on the final count", Kenya Yarbrough, director of marketing at Girl Scouts' Greater Los Angeles branch, told the Times. We were too busy being raped and lynched to worry about who won for Best Cinematography. There may not have been many protests like #OscarsSoWhite in the sixties (as he noted, "When you're grandmother's swinging from a tree, it's really hard to care about best documentary foreign short"), but it's not likely that anyone will forget about the issues of inclusion and bias in the coming year.

"Hollywood is sorority racist", he said.

"They don't hire black people ... and they're the nicest white people ever".

Writing for The Times, television critic Mary McNamara argued that although Rock didn't land every joke, he encouraged a bit of reflection on what is typically a night for the film industry to pat itself on the back.

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". But first, let's talk about the results - which, by themselves, turned out to be a lot more diverse than most people expected. "For all its flaws, Rock's Oscars had some of the most powerful moments seen in the telecast's history".

During his remarks while he was hosting the Oscars, Rock called out Pinkett-Smith for saying that black entertainers should not have to "beg" for roles. The performance saw fellow survivors and advocates come out onto stage and hold hands in unity.

DiCaprio had previously been nominated for several other Oscars, including a Best Actor nomination for his work in the 2006 movie "Blood Diamond" and a nod for his producing work on the 2013 film "The Wolf of Wall Street".

The host's biggest vote of approval perhaps came from "Room" star Jacob Tremblay: after Rock gave the pint-sized actor and fellow presenter Abraham Attah of "Beasts of No Nations" apple boxes to better reach the microphone, Tremblay noted the Rock "is the zebra in 'Madagascar'".

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