Well, it happened. After releasing a crop of nominees featuring no actors of color in the four major acting categories for a second consecutive year, prompting Spike Lee And Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott, giving birth to the "Black Oscars," and generating a lot of other hubbub surrounding the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the 2016 Oscars show finally took place. Naturally, the diversity issue dominated both the jokes and the earnest speeches given by those who took the stage, but host Chris Rock's monologue was easily the best send-up of Hollywood racism.
Calling the industry "sorority racist," Rock explained that, "It's like, we like you, Rhonda. But you're not a Kappa." He then recounted a story about an event he attended with President Obama where there was just three other Black artists in a room full of the Hollywood elite. He said he pointed out to Obama that they were at an event with maybe the nicest white liberals around, and they still didn't hire black people. Needless to say, he drove his point home quite well.
Check out the monologue in full below:
That's not to take away from the nominees and winners that produced great work in the last year, however. In a year that featured an open field of eight Best Picture nominees, there were big victories from unexpected places, most notably by Mad Max: Fury Road, which picked up six trophies overall.
Here's a quick rundown of the major categories. If you're a Leo fan, you'll be happy:
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"
Best Actress: Brie Larson, "Room"
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"
Best Original Screenplay: "Spotlight," Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Best Animated Feature: "Inside Out"
Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "The Revenant"
Best Picture: "Spotlight"
And a small bonus pick for best joke of the night: Rock saying "And we're Black!" coming off a commercial break.
Here's the full list of winners. Now we can all exhale. Awards season is over, baby!
Cover image: Chris Rock via Twitter