Chris Rock Rocks Oscars
by Cate Robertson on Thursday, March 10th, 2016
The Academy Awards took place last Sunday, and it was certainly a show to remember. From the opening monologue about the overpoweringly white audience to the fashion choices made by the stars, it was evident the night would have much in store.
The Oscars is the most anticipated award show of the season. For the past 86 years, it has been hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to recognize the achievements of those in film industry. It is commonly regarded that an actor or director has truly achieved success, when they are awarded an Oscar. Many of the greats spanning from Oscar Welles to Meryl Streep have been honored with the recognition of an Oscar.
Chris Rock hosted this year’s Oscars, and his monologue was highly anticipated by the general audience. As soon as this year’s nominees were announced, the Academy came under fire for nominating exclusively white people for the second year in a row, despite the slew praiseworthy films featuring black, hispanic, and asian actors released this year. Chris Rock is known for his racial humor and activism. He is exceptionally funny, but people were unsure who he would target in his speech, and historically, the Academy does not like to be mocked.
The monologue went over amazingly well as Rock managed to work in everything from politics to humor to homage. Next came the most important part of the night: the presenting of the awards. The most coveted title of all, Best Picture, went to Spotlight, a true story of a team of reporters who investigated child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the Boston area. The critically acclaimed film was well received by press and audiences alike.
This year, Leonardo Dicaprio seemed to be a phenomenon of its own. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, and 4 of those nominations were for Best Actor. It’s been a long time coming for Leo to win. As Wes Hudson (II) said, “It’s about damn time Leo won.”
Fashion choices are always a topic of debate following the show, with people arguing over best and worst dressed of the celebrities in attendance. Liam Kennedy (III) said of Olivia Wilde’s long, shimmering, red number, “I loved [her] dress. She definitely takes best dressed.”
Worst dressed seems to be a category more reserved for stars who took risks that really didn’t pay off, such as Kate Winslet, who wore a glittering black Ralph Lauren gown that many compared to an extra large Hefty bag. She was not alone with her less than ideal fashion choices, as Heidi Klum wore a pale purple dress reminiscent of a fairy garden. It was composed of tulle, tulle flowers, and then some more tulle, a widely agreed terrible choice for the stunning supermodel.
Although the Academy Awards mark the end of the rapid award season at the beginning of the year, audiences can look forward to the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12 and the Emmy Awards, for which a date has yet to be announced.
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