Addressing why this year had attracted so much criticism, he explained: "Now the thing is, while we're protesting, the big question is why this Oscars, why this Oscars?"
National audience figures giving audience totals in millions were expected later on Monday.
"They effect global change", she said. But those changes (which included stripping older, out-of-work members of their voting rights) precipitated a backlash of its own. Do not take this planet for granted. "And to those that mocked the idea of a tune out, it seems the joke was on them".
Rock made clear he thinks Hollywood has its problems, but he refused to conform to the approved outrage model.
"Fury Road" may have won more honors at the 88th Academy Awards, leading all films with six.
While smaller, independent films have in recent years dominated the Oscars (the last two years were topped by Fox Searchlight releases "Birdman" and "12 Years a Slave"), five of this year's eight best picture nominees come from major studios.
The phrase "never won an Oscar" can no longer apply to Leonardo DiCaprio. Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties.
But deceptive appearances are an Oscar as well as a Hollywood tradition, and "Spotlight", the film I'd been telling people was going to take it all, actually won the prize for a variety of reasons.
DiCaprio been waiting since 1994, when he received his first nomination, for his role in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape". Mark Rylance won for his performance as a man accused of being a Soviet spy in director Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" (a bit of an upset, since Sylvester Stallone was thought to be the sentimental favorite for playing his iconic Rocky Balboa character in "Creed"). Nominees for Best Picture traded places all evening for the top spot on Google Trends.
Foreign Language Film: "Son of Saul".
Pena Nieto also sent tweets late Sunday night congratulating Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki for his third win in a row in that category, an unprecedented feat.
He said: "Why all the protests this year?"
The all-white slate of acting nominees restored the hashtag "OscarsSoWhite" to prominence and led Spike Lee (an honorary Oscar victor this year) and Jada Pinkett Smith to announce that they would not attend the show. There were no African-American nominees many of those years, he said: "And black people did not protest. Why?" We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors - that's it...
List of winners at Sunday's 88th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In remarks during the show by the president - usually one of the sleepiest moments in the broadcast - Boone Isaacs strongly defended the changes, quoting Martin Luther King Jr. and urging each Oscar attendee to bring greater opportunity to the industry. "So y'all would be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now".