Watch Chris Rock Explain What Black Actors Really Want In Opening Monologue

Rock had stayed quiet before the ceremony as the controversy raged over the second straight year of all-white acting nominees, leaving Hollywood and viewers eagerly awaiting his one-liners. Wearing-quite pointedly-a white tuxedo jacket, Rock did what so many of us were waiting for him to do: He put a cultural conversation born out of embarrassing institutional racism into painful perspective.

Chris Rock's Oscar monologue was everything we wanted and more

Many expressed outrage on social media and several prominent black celebrities, including actress Jada Pinkett Smith and filmmaker Spike Lee, announced plans to boycott the show. Iñárritu directed "Birdman", which won the Oscar for best picture a year ago, and " The Revenant ". "Yes, I said it, alright". "I know we're going to make this change", he said on the red carpet.

Johnson earns 76th career Cup win in overtime in Atlanta

Johnson earns 76th career Cup win in overtime in Atlanta

I remembered on my victory lap, and I had to come down and throw a 3 out the window to pay respects to the man. There's a huge void in my career that I was never able to race with him, but at least I was able to tie his record there". Kenseth lost the lead to both Johnson and Harvick, but was the primary leader before a pit road miscue during a cycle of green flag pit stops on lap 121.

Chris Rock Asked Black People What They Thought About #OscarsSoWhite

Aside from the problems with the nominees, Rock asked some of them whether they had even heard of the nominated films. "Almost", the man retorted. The most memorable of those bits followed Rock to a multiplex in the Compton neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he interviewed a number of black moviegoers - and one very excited white guy - about their thoughts on this year's awards.

88th Academy Awards rocked by #OscarsSoWhite

88th Academy Awards rocked by #OscarsSoWhite

Al Sharpton. " Mad Max: Fury Road " had 10 nominations heading into the ceremony, second only to "The Revenant, " which had 12. Comedian and actor Rock acknowledged the storm of controversy surrounding this year's ceremony and said he had been urged to boycott hosting by friends.

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Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton laughed when asked about Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's recent comments that President Barack Obama was "raised white" and doesn't really represent the "experience of black Americans".