I guess Chris Rock is giving a speech rather than telling jokes this year? #OscarsSoWhite
"Writers, we know that you are the true backbone of the industry, and we love you for it. We also think you're all extremely hot."
So true! #WritersSoHot
Commercial break! Debuting next week on ABC: The Real O'Neals. Finally, an Irish American family gets a turn in the spotlight. #diversity
After #Blackish, #FreshOfftheBoat, #Empire, and #DrKen, it's about time someone featured a white family.
Kind of awkward to bring out Stacey Dash since everyone knows she's a Fox commentator and apologist for white supremacy. What's up with that? #OscarsSoWhite
Response: awkward silence from the audience.
Pretty average #Oscar show so far. Obviously they decided to make it mainly about diversity. Slamming the issue with a sledgehammer rather than slicing it with a scalpel.
Jared Leto makes the first merkin joke in Oscar history.
Consider the Merkin: A Brief History of Pubic Wigs in Hollywood
Guy thanked his one-week-old daughter. Not sure what her role was in the years-long production of Mad Max: Fury Road.
The "thank you" crawl beneath the award winners is a good idea. Everyone gets thanked on-screen and the winner can focus on thanking the key people. Or saying something distinctive and memorable.
At least the show is zipping along nicely. None of Neil Patrick Harris's middling stunts.
Let's cut to Sofia Vergara every so often! She's pretty...and Latina! #OscarsSoWhite
We get to see some Indians on screen--usually savage warriors--whenever they play the standard clips from The Revenant. Yay? #OscarsSoWhite
Giving Andy Serkis recognition for, well, anything is a novelty.
So far nothing that qualifies as a memorable moment. #OscarsSoBland
Picking up the pace
Really? Selling your daughter's Girl Scout cookies? Is that supposed to be funny and charming rather than crass and competitive? #OscarsSoMercenary
The interview segment straight outta Compton was cute. #OscarsSoWhite
Louis CK was good. All the awards should be presented like that--with smart and seemingly spontaneous riffs.
Leonard Nimoy got the final spot in the "In Memoriam" montage! #SpockLives #OscarsSoVulcan
Vice President Joe Biden! Another white guy! What film was he in? #OscarsSoWhite
Cue the conservative Twitter outrage over the domestic violence segment. How dare the Oscars talk about the real world? It's only movies!
Unlike the Stacey Dash bit, that will go on the show's highlight list.
Pharrell has hair? Who knew?
Sacha Baron Cohen was entertaining. Thus proving my point re Louis CK.
Alejandro González Iñárritu mentions his Native American cast! #OscarsSoWhite
Where's Sean Penn to make a follow-up joke about immigrants?
Not sure why the show is over three hours. It's not as if they padded it with a lot of unnecessary bits. #NeilPatrickHarris #OscarsSoLong
The big awards
Gender confirmation surgery! I haven't heard that term before. #OscarsSoFluid
Forrest Goodluck featured in Leonardo DiCaprio's Best Actor clip! #OscarsSoWhite
DiCaprio won because of the kid!
"Climate change is real," says Leo. Cue the conservative numbskulls still raging over Lady Gaga and domestic violence.
Another one for the highlight reel. DiCaprio uses his speech time effectively.
2016 Oscar Winner DiCaprio Dedicates his speech to Mother Earth and Indigenous People
"Making The Revenant was about man's relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production had to move to the southern tip of this planet just to find now. Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.
We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of under privileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children's children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.
I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted, I do not take this night for granted. Thank you so much."
Sorry, The Revenant. Better luck next year.
Thus endeth the Oscars. A few good moments in the second half, but still nothing special. #BlackLivesMatter
And Fight the Power plays over the final credits.
A few final tweets:
Retweeted Kate Sheppard (@kate_sheppard):
I haven't seen any of these movies but hey, nice to see attn paid to sexual assault, climate change, and need for investigative journalism.
Retweeted Dave Pell (@davepell):
The message of Spotlight.
The media helps to protect us. Stop maligning it.
I forgot that conservatives also will rage at the Girl Scouts. Damn liberal feminist atheist girls!
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