If you were able to stay up for Sunday night’s three-and-a-half hour broadcast of the 88th Academy Awards, you’d probably be in agreement with us on several things. One, Chris Rock took the opportunity to highlight the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in all its glory. Two, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won that trophy he’s been coveting for years. And three, there were more awkward moments than the time you accidentally watched a sex scene on TV with your parents.
Lucky for you, we’ve got the full list.
1. A random appearance by Stacey Dash
Talk about Clueless. When Rock introduced the actress for a bit during his opening monologue, it confused the hell out of everyone. Okay, we get now that it was in response to her recent comments on Fox News to get rid of Black History Month, but at the time, it just didn’t work. Even The Weeknd was cringing.
— Donna Dickens (@MildlyAmused) February 29, 2016
2. That time Mark Ruffalo thought he won…
But he didn’t. Turns out that’s the danger in having two nominees named Mark whose last names both start with an R. (Although from what we gathered plenty of people thought Ruffalo should have won the Best Supporting Actor category anyhow).
3. When Mad Max won for Best Costumes
Jenny Beavan is our new hero. Who else could stroll down an aisle brimming of couture like this? Obviously, the celebs towards the front didn’t know how to take her. She being a real person and all.
— The Studio Exec (@studioexec1) February 29, 2016
4. Girl Scouts shenanigans
As it turns out, people do still carry cash on them — especially celebs. We suppose that’s so they can hit up the cash bar during commercial breaks. But when Chris Rock asked them to whip out some bills in order to support the Girl Guides, most of them obliged… save a few awkward celebs who refused to pack on the pounds with cookies. Or support a good cause.
5. When Chrissy Teigen made that face
Turns out she was still reacting to Stacey Dash, or at least that’s the story being spun by hubby John Legend. At the time though, it looked as though that’s how she was reacting to presenter Sarah Silverman.
6. Leo being so over the bear
You’d think he’s be more into the joke, given that the darned scene is probably one of the main reasons he finally got some hardware after five previous nominations. Maybe he was just too afraid of making any kind of face after what happened with Lady Gaga at the Golden Globes.
7. Kevin Hart’s #Oscars2017 campaign
Between Chris Rock’s constant throws to his friend and the blatant promotion (“introducing next year’s host!”) it’s clear that Kevin Hart really, really wants to host this show. Whether he will remains to be seen, but if the way he tried to turn his presentation into a hosting gig is any indication, he may be passed over for the gig. After all, hosts don’t get bleeped. That’s such a Ricky Gervais/Golden Globes vibe.
8. The winner for documentary short being played off stage
When Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was accepting on behalf of A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, she made a truly poignant speech about honour killings and how Pakistan is now looking to abolish them after having seen the film. Unfortunately, few heard it because the orchestra chose that exact moment to play the walk-off music. Cue cringes everywhere.
They played off Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy talking about honor killings but they gave Chris Rock 45 seconds for that bit??
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) February 29, 2016
9. The whole show going late
The problem with extra time for Girl Scout cookies and Stacey Dash is that the show itself ran into “infomercial late” territory. That meant the big four categories (director, actors and film) were squeezed in before the midnight mark, with the winners being forced to keep their speeches as short and sweet as possible. Or, if you were Alejandro G. Innaritu, you just kept going anyhow. Hey — the guy did sit through everyone else’s speeches.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 29, 2016
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