7 big moments from the Oscars

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With controversy surrounding this year's Oscars, and take-no-prisoners comic Chris Rock as host, most expected it to be a memorable show, and it certainly delivered on those terms.

Starting with Rock's monologue that gave a new meaning to the term "he went there," there were many moments that got a lot of attention on social media.

#OscarsSoWhite and diversity themes dominated the show

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It didn't end with Rock's monologue. Many of the jokes during the night focused on the #OscarsSoWhite issue: from a sketch of black actors being inserted into the nominated films, to Rock revisiting his 2005 hosting segment when he visited a theater in Compton to speak to moviegoers there.

The jokes that fell flat

Chris Rock generally got a lot of laughs -- even if some of them were uncomfortable -- but a couple of gags just didn't work for the audience.

Rock shocked everyone by bringing out actress Stacey Dash -- who recently criticized the #OscarsSoWhite movement as well as Black History Month -- to say a few words as the "director of diversity outreach." The audience was apparently so stunned that it barely elicited a reaction.


Dash herself explained the situation in her blog: "When they added ME to increase the diversity, I'm sure many black people rolled their eyes. I'm not 'black enough,' they say. But guess what? I've heard that all my life. I would rather be a free thinking, black than a cookie cutter black who thinks -- and votes -- just like all my friends."

Then there was the umpteenth joke about "The Revenant's" bear, with someone in a bear suit applauding the movie when it had its best picture nominee montage. The camera cut to Leonardo DiCaprio who was stone-faced.

The Onion didn't let it go, though.

Kevin Hart was everywhere

Not only did Hart get a shout-out in Rock's monologue, he kept getting referred to throughout, to the point where he looked like a future host.

He presented an award himself but had something important to say, paying tribute to actors of color who weren't nominated.

Another of Rock's comedian friends made a few appearances ... but only backstage: Dave Chappelle.

Censored moments

Hart (not Rock, as some predicted) was bleeped in the midst of congratulating black actors in the aforementioned remarks (though it's unknown if he said more than just that: the show was on a delay).


Earlier, Oscar-winning "Mad Max: Fury Road" sound editor Mark Mangini dropped an F-bomb before his speech, making for two censored moments this year.

And then there were the moments they couldn't censor.

Reactions to the red carpet

Before winning an Oscar, Alicia Vikander won the Internet with a dress that reminded everyone of Belle's from "Beauty and the Beast."

Purple was one of the popular colors this year, so popular that Reese Witherspoon's and Tina Fey's dresses looked almost the same.

As always, Jared Leto's quirky sensibility shone through, with a bowtie that resembled a rose.

If anything, the biggest red carpet misstep wasn't on the red carpet at all, but when the account @TotalBeauty mistook Whoopi Goldberg for Oprah Winfrey. They apologized shortly afterward.


Biden, and Lady Gaga's passionate performance

Vice President Biden showed up in person to the Oscars to introduce none other than Lady Gaga, who brought out victims of sexual violence as part of her performance. Click here for more on that moment.

"Titanic" reunion

The Internet was pretty unanimous that DiCaprio deserved an Oscar, but before he won, he gave the Internet a gift by posing for a photo with "Titanic" co-star Kate Winslet.

The 2016 Oscars winners list

Here's the list of nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. Winners are noted in bold:

Best picture

  • "The Big Short"
  • "Bridge of Spies"
  • "Brooklyn"
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road"
  • "The Martian"
  • "The Revenant"
  • "Room"
  • "Spotlight" (WINNER)

Best actor

  • Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"
  • Matt Damon, "The Martian"
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant" (WINNER)
  • Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"
  • Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

Best actress

  • Cate Blanchett, "Carol"
  • Brie Larson, "Room" (WINNER)
  • Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"
  • Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"
  • Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Best supporting actor

  • Christian Bale, "The Big Short"
  • Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"
  • Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"
  • Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies" (WINNER)
  • Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Best supporting actress

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"
  • Rooney Mara, "Carol"
  • Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"
  • Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl" (WINNER)
  • Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

Best director

  • "The Big Short," Adam McKay
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road," George Miller
  • "The Revenant," Alejandro G. Iñárritu (WINNER)
  • "Room," Lenny Abrahamson
  • "Spotlight," Tom McCarthy

Best original screenplay

  • "Bridge of Spies," by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
  • "Ex Machina," by Alex Garland
  • "Inside Out," by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen
  • "Spotlight," by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy (WINNER)
  • "Straight Outta Compton," by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Best adapted screenplay

  • "The Big Short," Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (WINNER)
  • "Brooklyn," Nick Hornby
  • "Carol," Phyllis Nagy
  • "The Martian," Drew Goddard
  • "Room," Emma Donoghue

Best costume design

  • "Carol," Sandy Powell
  • "Cinderella," Sandy Powell
  • "The Danish Girl," Paco Delgado
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Jenny Beavan (WINNER)
  • "The Revenant," Jacqueline West

Best production design

  • "Bridge of Spies," production design by Adam Stockhausen; set decoration by Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
  • "The Danish Girl," production design by Eve Stewart; set decoration by Michael Standish
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road," production design by Colin Gibson; set decoration by Lisa Thompson (WINNER)
  • "The Martian," production design by Arthur Max; set decoration by Celia Bobak
  • "The Revenant," production design by Jack Fisk; set decoration by Hamish Purdy

Best makeup and hairstyling

  • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin (WINNER)
  • "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared," Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
  • "The Revenant," Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Best cinematography

  • "Carol," Ed Lachman
  • "The Hateful Eight," Robert Richardson
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road," John Seale
  • "The Revenant," Emmanuel Lubezki (WINNER)
  • "Sicario," Roger Deakins

Best film editing

  • "The Big Short," Hank Corwin
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Margaret Sixel (WINNER)
  • "The Revenant," Stephen Mirrione
  • "Spotlight," Tom McArdle
  • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best sound editing

  • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Mark Mangini and David White (WINNER)
  • "The Martian," Oliver Tarney
  • "The Revenant," Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
  • "Sicario," Alan Robert Murray
  • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Matthew Wood and David Acord

Best sound mixing

  • "Bridge of Spies," Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo (WINNER)
  • "The Martian," Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
  • "The Revenant," Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
  • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Best visual effects

  • "Ex Machina," Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett (WINNER)
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road," Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
  • "The Martian," Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
  • "The Revenant," Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
  • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Best animated short film

  • "Bear Story," Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala (WINNER)
  • "Prologue," Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
  • "Sanjay's Super Team," Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
  • "We Can't Live without Cosmos," Konstantin Bronzit
  • "World of Tomorrow," Don Hertzfeldt

Best animated feature film

  • "Anomalisa," Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
  • "Boy and the World," Alê Abreu
  • "Inside Out," Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera (WINNER)
  • "Shaun the Sheep Movie," Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
  • "When Marnie Was There," Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best documentary, short subject

  • "Body Team 12," David Darg and Bryn Mooser
  • "Chau, Beyond the Lines," Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
  • "Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah," Adam Benzine
  • "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness," Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (WINNER)
  • "Last Day of Freedom," Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Best documentary feature

  • "Amy," Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees (WINNER)
  • "Cartel Land," Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
  • "The Look of Silence," Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • "What Happened, Miss Simone?" Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
  • "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom," Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best live-action short film

  • "Ave Maria," Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
  • "Day One," Henry Hughes
  • "Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)," Patrick Vollrath
  • "Shok," Jamie Donoughue
  • "Stutterer," Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage (WINNER)

Best foreign-language film

  • "Embrace of the Serpent," Colombia
  • "Mustang," France
  • "Son of Saul," Hungary (WINNER)
  • "Theeb," Jordan
  • "A War," Denmark

Best original song

  • "Earned It" from "Fifty Shades of Grey"
    • Music and lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
  • "Manta Ray" from "Racing Extinction"
    • Music by J. Ralph and lyric by Antony Hegarty
  • "Simple Song #3" from "Youth"
    • Music and lyric by David Lang
  • "Til It Happens To You" from "The Hunting Ground"
    • Music and lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
  • "Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre"
    • Music and lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best original score

  • "Bridge of Spies," Thomas Newman
  • "Carol," Carter Burwell
  • "The Hateful Eight," Ennio Morricone
  • "Sicario," Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," John Williams

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