The show received generally favorable reviews from the critics, who reserved their most fulsome praise for host Chris Rock, who targeted the Academy with a series of caustic jokes about the Oscars' lack of racial diversity. The most tweeted about minute came as Leonardo DiCaprio's accepted his first ever Oscar
The Oscars were overshadowed by a row on the lack of black nominees, but Hollywood's biggest night also witnessed commentary on issues ranging from climate change to gay rights. "Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted," said Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of Best Actor award
"It's not about boycotting anything. It's just, we want opportunity. We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors. That's it. That's it. Not just once, you know? Leo (Leonardo DiCaprio) gets a great part every year. And, you know, and, everybody, all you guys get great parts all the time," said Chris Rock
"Well, I'm here at the Academy Awards -- otherwise known as the white People's Choice awards. You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job. Y'all would be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now," joked Chris Rock. For the second year running, all 20 nominees in the main acting categories are white
The host for the 88th Academy Awards, Chris Rock, kept the followers on their toes with constant updates of what he was up to hours before the big event. The comedian took a detour to McDonalds and shared his "#OscarDiet" and shared a picture as he "Cuts the fat off my monologue"
It's time for all moviemakers to be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their creations. Now, some like Director Spike Lee say they will boycott the show, but host Chris Rock and award winners may use their time onstage to call attention to the subject. We'll see if action follows awareness
"Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry. Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian - he's done it all. He's going to be a phenomenal Oscar host," said David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, the producers of the show that will be held February 28 in Los Angeles