Many viewers had to be puzzled by a fleeting appearance by actress and conservative Fox News personality Stacey Dash, who was jokingly introduced by Rock as director of the Oscar's minority outreach program.
The actor continued: "But you soon realize that one hand shakes the other, and being an artist gives you a platform. Our guy!!! We're so so happy for Leo!!!" just days after bigging up Will Ferrell, while Lil Wayne kept it brief, writing, "Kongrats Leonardo DiCaprio!!!!!". No, no black nominees, you know, and people are like 'Chris, you should boycott. And if you missed it, Academy president Cheryl Boone-Isaac took stage and basically said, "Hey y'all get on the train, because change is coming". Rock said this year didn't differ much from Oscar history, but that black people earlier were "too busy being raped and lynched to worry about who won best cinematographer". The camera cut to Leonardo DiCaprio who was stone faced. And we knew he was going to go in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
Especially since, as insiders predicted, indie movies like Spotlight, Room, The Danish Girl and Brooklyn were amongst the top contenders, and viewership tends to hinge on the popularity of the Best Picture titles. Let's not let this negative issue of diversity beat us.
Gasps went around the Dolby when Mark Rylance won best supporting actor for Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" over Sylvester Stallone.
Before winning an Oscar, Alicia Vikander won the Internet with a dress that reminded everyone of Belle's from "Beauty and the Beast". The night's most honored film, Mad Max: Fury Road, with six Oscars. Rock stood in for Matt Damon in The Martian parody, while Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig - who are in the real movie - talked about how nobody would want to rescue a black astronaut. "You'll never work again because the heat will be so big, you'll crash and burn". I thank you all for this incredible award tonight.
Finally, Freeman's performance at the Oscars is eerily similar to my own performance at the Verge's Oscars viewing / reportage party, at which I snapped up three mini cupcakes and made a breezy 1AM exit.