If you missed the Oscars, you’re in luck. I’ve compiled a few highlights from the show last night. Enjoy.
Chris Rock Calling Out The Academy
A theme that was center stage for the Oscars this year was the racial “elephant” in the room – or the fact that there were no black nominees. I found it interesting that the pre-show had all of the interviewers ask red carpet goers if they felt like it was a big deal, when Chris Rock’s first joke was a dig at the Academy about the race issue.
Here are some of his most controversial jokes:
1. “Is Hollywood racist? You’re damn right. But Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like, ‘We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.’”
2. “Man, I counted at least 15 black people in that montage.”
3. “I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards.”
4. “No black nominees. People are like, ‘Chris you should boycott, Chris you should quit.’ How come it’s only unemployed people that tell you to quit something? … I thought about quitting. I thought about it really hard. But I realized they’re gonna have the Oscars anyway. They’re not gonna cancel the Oscars because I quit. And the last thing I need is to to lose another job to Kevin Hart, okay?”
5. “And we’re black” – after returning from a commercial break.
6. “Jada [Pinkett-Smith] boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties — I wasn’t invited!”
He’s taking heat for some of these jokes, but it’s probably not any worse than Seth MacFarlane’s 2013 hosting job.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 29, 2016
Just like how there is an after party after the Oscars, the red carpet pre-show is the first thing that hooks most viewers. The most notable interviews would have to be with Michael Strahan and Lara Spencer.
Here are a couple I thought were worth a share:
Michael Strahan interviewing Tina Fey – what seemed to most like a very cordial question, Michael asked Tina if she could give Chris Rock any advice for the show. She responds with “[He] needs no advice from me. He is the greatest living stand-up comedian.”
Michael Strahan compares an Oscar official to Matt Damon – Michael, very politely, suggest that an Oscar official is a doppelganger for Matt Damon. He has zero desire to be the center of attention, and gets beat red.
Lara Spencer interviewing Saorsie Ronan – this was particularly awkward when Ronan turned behind her, everyone heard a distinct “that’s my dad”, specifically Lara. When she asked, Ronan uncomfortably said, “No, that’s Nick Hornby”.
Leonardo DiCaprio capped off the night with his speech after winning best actor for his work in The Revenant. It was particularly interesting whenever Leo gives a speech because he pushes something that he is passionate about.
Brie Larson – Room
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant