by Shelbie Condie
Girl Scout season is upon us, and by ‘us’ I mean multi-million dollar celebrities. The 88th Academy Awards debuted Sunday, February 28, 2016. Hosted by Chris Rock, the ceremony paid tribute to last year’s most acclaimed films, including Brooklyn and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Known for his curt comedy, Chris Rock wasted no time bringing light to the racially diverse controversy that spread like wildfire prior to this awards show. The entire episode magnified the already amplified affair to a resolution of a thousand megapixels, Rock cracking jokes every which way. It was surely a treat. An awkward, shocking, honest, yes-I’m-laughing-at-this-but-yikes treat.
Another treat ensued when Chris Rock lead his daughter’s Girl Scout troop around the Dolby Theatre to sell Girl Scout cookies to Hollywood’s biggest stars. They raised over $65,000 in contributions! Similar to Ellen Degeneres’ pizza party a few years back, it was a moment of comical heartache as viewers everywhere weren’t able to join in the feasting shindig. On a more serious note, an emotional moment developed when Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, introduced Lady Gaga’s performance. The singer vocalized her Oscar-nominated song, “Til It Happens To You”, while survivors of sexual abuse emerged on stage. A standing ovation erupted in support of the issue’s awareness.
The biggest upset of the 88th Academy Awards was the Best Picture accolade going to Spotlight, also the winner of Original Screenplay, and not The Revenant, which had received best Directing and Cinematography. In addition, Rocky Balboa wasn’t victorious; this time Sylvester Stallone from Creed lost to Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Local Sacramento actress, Brie Larson, did receive Best Actress in a Leading Role for Room and Best Actress in a Supporting Role went to Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl. The movie that collected the most Oscars of the night was Mad Max: Fury Road. This 1979 revamp accumulated six bronzed men throughout the show, including Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing. Other winners includedInside Out for Animated Feature Film, The Hateful Eight for Original Music Score, and The Big Short for Adapted Screenplay. The most colossal moment of the night, by far, was when Leonardo DiCaprio received a long-awaited Oscar for his lead role in The Revenant. It immediately became a trending topic across the boards on social media.
The 2016 Oscars featured the usual ‘In Memoriam’ tribute and reminded us, in the midst of all the fun and games, that Sunday night was also a beautiful treasure chest of talent. Whoever hosts next year’s 89th Academy Awards will have a difficult challenge one-upping Chris Rock. This year was definitely one for the books.
For a complete list of all the winners, feel free to check out http://oscar.go.com/winners.
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