by Marissa Nellis
The 88th annual Oscars aired Feb. 28, resulting in some surprising winners, shocking upsets and Leonardo DiCaprio’s first Oscar win.
The biggest winner of the night was, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which took home six Oscars: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Production Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling and Costume Design.
The film, however, did not win Best Visual Effects.
In a surprising upset, “Ex Machina,” a film about a humanoid robot, beat out both “Mad Max” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Leonardo DiCaprio has been long overdue for an Oscar and this was certainly his year as the academy finally gave him his moment.
His win became the most tweeted about moment in Twitter history as fans expressed their love and support for the famed actor.
“Spotlight” won the biggest prize of the night with Best Picture.
Though it had been the front-runner in the category, viewers were still shocked that “The Revenant” didn’t take home the prize as Alejandro González Iñárritu won for Best Director.
In one of the most shocking upsets of the night, Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall” beat out Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens To You” for Best Original Song.
Just before the award was announced, Lady Gaga gave a heartfelt performance, which included an introduction by Vice President Joe Biden and a finale of various sexual assault survivors coming together on stage and holding hands.
Before Oscar nominations were announced, Carol, the love-story between two women in the 1950s, was poised to be a big winner this year, but didn’t take home a single Oscar.
The film missed out on nominations in two of the biggest categories, Best Director and Best Picture.
Chris Rock tackled the Oscars controversy head-on and gave, arguably, one of the best opening monologues in Academy Awards history.
He used bold comedy to drive home some very important points about the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
In one of his best lines, he said, “Is Hollywood racist? Is it burning-crosses racist? No. It’s not the kind of racism that you’ve grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like, ‘We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.’”