10 unmissable moments from the 2016 Oscars.

The 2016 Oscars got off to a spirited start. The tone of the night was set when host Chris Rock, 51, strode on stage to the strains of Fight the Power by Public Enemy.

In a year in which Hollywood’s neglect of actors (and writers, and directors) of colour has been highlighted by the trending hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, Rock was an inspired choice to host the biggest awards show in all the land.

So, yes, Rock added some much-needed colour to this show in more ways than one, but there were other excitements, too. Read on for the unmissable moments from the 88th Academy Awards.

1. Kate and Leo walked the red carpet together.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Image via Getty.

Rose and Jack for ever!

2. Chris Rock’s opening monologue was funny, political, and confronting. 

Chris Rock doesn’t need to do cute bits like the Girl Scouts he had selling cookies to the audience — he’s really best when he just stands on-stage castigating all of Hollywood for being racially biased and narrow-minded.

It’s the 88th Academy Awards. It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times. O.K.?

Watch Rock’s opening monologue here.

Video by ABC Television Network

You can read our post about the 9 best lines from his monologue here.

3. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe nearly had fisticuffs on stage.

You know when on-stage banter between actors is awkward and stilted and makes everyone feel really uncomfortable? This was the opposite of that. Crowe may finish Gosling backstage with a swift mobile phone to the chin.

Video by ABC News

4. Sly Stallone won big love from Arnie.

OK, so he didn’t win Best Supporting Actor — that honour was taken by Mark Rylance — but Sylvester Stallone’ll always be a winner in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s eyes.


5. The year’s biggest films were re-imagined with black actors.

“If you’re a black actor, just getting an opportunity to be in a movie can be a struggle,” Chris Rock said, and demonstrated with some clever scenes: Leslie Jones enters The Revenant, Chris Rock is in The Martian, while Whoopi Goldberg, as a janitor, scolds a Jennifer Lawrence, “It’s not rocket science, it’s a mop!” in Joy. 

Video by ABC Television Network

6. Jacob Tremblay wanted to see R2D2 in the cutest way.

Jacob Tremblay, the nine-year-old actor from the Oscar-nominated Room, is a gigantic Star Wars fan. I mean, he’s adorably tiny, but he’s such an enthusiast he wore Darth Vader socks with his teeny little suit – and Millennium Falcon cuff-links.

That’s him standing up so he could see C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 onstage to give a nod to composer John Williams.

7. Lady Gaga

Fresh from her David Bowie tribute at the Grammys, Gaga performed her song Til it Happens to You, a powerful anthem about rape. The song was nominated for Best Original Song.

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Lady Gaga performed surrounded by rape survivors. Image via Getty.

She was joined on stage by survivors of sexual assault who stood bravely while Gaga sang “it gets better, it gets better, in time.” The survivors had powerful messages scrawled on their wrists, including “survivor”, “It’s not your fault”, “We believe you” and “unbreakable”.

Gaga tweeted that the song was dedicated to Kesha, who is currently locked into a recording contract with the man she says raped her, Dr Luke.

Watch Lady Gaga’s performance here

Video by The Hollywood Reporter

8. Sam Smith won and dedicated his award to the LGBTQI community — but his dad’s the real winner.

Smith said, “I read an article that said no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, and if this is the case, I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand togetehr as equals one day.”


His dad? He wished his son the best of luck:

Thanks Dad. Image via Instagram.

9. Ali G at da Oscars did a Black Power salute.

Sascha Baron Cohen revived his first and in my humble opinion, greatest creation, Ali G, who wanted to speak not just for his “bredren” but all the other neglected races, such as those tiny little yellow guys, the Minions.

And then he did a Black Power salute, which fell incredibly flat.

10. Leo, Leo, Leo!

The wait is over. DiCaprio finally, finally won. Kate Winslet listening to his speech is all of us.

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Kate Winslet is in a glass case of emotion. Image via ABC.

Watch Leo’s speech here…

Video by Hollywood Reporter

And the winners were:

Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Production Design: Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant

Best Film Editing: Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Editing: Mark Mangini and David White, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Mixing: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett, Ex Machina

Best Animated Short: Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala, Bear Story

Best Animated Feature Film: Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera, Inside Out

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Documentary Short Subject: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Best Documentary Feature: Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees, Amy

Best Live Action Short: Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage, Stutterer

Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul, Hungary

Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Best Original Song: Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith, “The Writing’s on the Wall,” from Spectre

Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Picture: Spotlight

Until next year everyone…