Oscars, Wild

People who tuned in expecting to see Billy Crystal sing a goofy song were in for a surprise. This year’s Oscars were the most political in recent memory. Leo talked about climate change. Lady Gaga (introduced by a sitting vice president) was joined on stage by victims of sexual assault for the night’s most moving performance. Sam Smith (who could have done a bit more research) used his win to voice support for gay rights. Best Director Alejandro Iñárritu ignored the play off music to call for an end to the focus on skin color. And of course, the entire event was marked by the absence of black nominees from this year’s awards. While that theme might have been hit upon a few too many times, Chris Rock’s opening monologue was America’s best comedian at the top of his game, and at the right place at the right time. He pulled no punches in explaining why diversity in film hadn’t caused protests during previous years: “We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer. When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short!”

+ This wasn’t the first time identity-politics and the film industry have been in focus at the Oscars. Last night, Sacheen Littlefeather would have fit right in.

+ Leo DiCaprio took three hours off from having sex to accept his first Oscar in person, Brie Larson won best actress, and Mad Max rode off with a ton of statues. Here’s a list of all the winners.

+ As always, there were some snubs and surprises.

+ And the LA Times picks the best and worst dressed. (There were so many celebrities wearing glasses, I thought the event might have been sponsored by Warby Parker.)

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