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Chris Rock Let’s 'Em Have It, Leo Wins & Lady Gaga Prevails: Oscars 2016

Controversy, awareness, and business as usual.

Ted Soqui // Ted Soqui Photography

If you listen really closely, you might hear the clicks and clacks from the heels of Hollywood’s finest stepping off the pins and needles from tonight’s 88th Academy Awards. As clearly evidenced by host of the evening Chris Rock and his legendary monologue, comfort was left at the door for the evening, as the master of ceremonies kept things strictly unconformable with a slice of pearl-clutching quips and in-your-face truths.

“Now the thing is, Why are we protesting? The big question: Why this Oscars? Why this Oscars, you know?,” the comedian bantered with a veil of truth. “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.?”

But while the #OscarsSoWhite controversy overshadowed the lead up into ceremony, Rock advised “everything’s not about race.”

“It’s not about boycotting anything,” he added. “It’s just, we want opportunity. We want black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors.”

The same sentiments were shared by Kevin Hart, who before introducing The Weeknd to the stage, also used his platform to address the elephant in the room. “I want to applaud all of the actors and actresses of color that didn't get nominated tonight. The reason why I say that is because I want them to understand that tonight should not determine the hard work and effort that you put into your craft,” he said. “At the end of the day we love what we do, we're breaking major ground doing it. These problems of today will eventually become problems of the old. Let's not let this negative issue of diversity beat us, let's continue to do what we do best. With that being said, congratulations on an amazing year."

While #OscarsSoWhite may have been a bitter pill for Hollywood to swallow, the show, as they say, went on.

On the musical tip, Sam Smith picked up the Best Original Song honor for “Writings on the Wall” from last year’s James Bond flick “Spectre.” The Weeknd, meanwhile, swooned the audience with a special rendition of his Oscar-nominated hit, “Earned It.” Lady Gaga, who was also nominated for Best Original Song, delivered a show-stopping performance of her ballad “Til It Happens to You” on the grand stage.

Big award moments of the evening included Leonardo DiCaprio, who after six Oscar nominations, finally walked off the stage with a golden trophy as he won Best Actor for his role in “The Revenant.” In his acceptance speech, the actor used the spotlight to bring awareness to global warming. "Making 'The Revenant' was about man's relationship to the natural world... climate change is real," he said. "It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating."

The Best Actress award went to Brie Larson for “Room,” while Best Picture was bestowed to “Spotlight.” The latter film earned two awards, while "Mad Max: Fury Road" performed a clean sweep with a total of six awards.

Before closing out the night, Chris Rock took the moment to “invite everybody to the BET Awards this summer,” along with “Black Lives Matter” and “Brooklyn” shouts.

Controversy, awareness, and business as usual — this was your Oscars 2016.

For a full list of the night's big winners, see below.

Best Picture: "Spotlight"

Best Actress: Brie Larson, "Room"

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, "The Revenant"

Best Original Screenplay: "Spotlight"

Best Original Song: “Writing’s on the Wall” from "Spectre"

Best Adapted Screenplay: "The Big Short"

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"

Best Costume Design: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Production Design: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Makeup And Hairstyling: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Cinematography: "The Revenant"

Best Film Editing: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Sound Editing: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

"Best Sound Mixing": "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Visual Effects: "Ex Machina"

Best Animated Short: "Bear Story"

Best Animated Feature Film: "Inside Out"

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"

Best Documentary Short Subject: "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness"

Best Documentary Feature: "Amy"

Best Live-Action Short: "Stutterer"

Best Foreign Language Film: "Son of Saul"

Original Score: "The Hateful Eight"

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