Academy Awards 2016
Last night, the 88th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences kicked off at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. The ceremony hosted by actor/comedian Chris Rock honored the best films of 2015.
Much like the ceremony last year, this year’s show has been plagued with complaints about the Academy’s lack of diversity in it’s panel of judges and nominees, prompting many actors to opt out of the evening’s festivities, including one of the night’s honorees, screenwriter, director/producer Spike Lee. Even more vexing for some was not only the blatant snub of black actors and actresses but the fact that many of 2015’s predominantly black films were in fact nominated for awards, but only for the non-black writers, directors, etc. involved with these projects. The evening even left some artists uninvited – i.e. the cast of Straight Outta Compton, one of the films nominated for an award.
Despite these facts the posters for the evening sought to appease some of it’s critics featuring images of some of the black actors and actresses who have received awards over the years.
However that did not deter, host Chris Rock from doing his opening monologue, one of the highlights of the evening.
But before we continue with all the evenings heavy stuff let’s take a look at some of the evening’s gorgeous red carpet fashion!
These ladies were a vision in shades of emerald. From left to right: Access Hollywood’s Stephanie Bauer in Portia & Scarlett, Robin Roberts in Badgley Mischka, Saoirse Kirnan in Calvin Klein Collection, Rachel McAdams in August Getty Atelier.
And these stunning looks had heads turning and tongues wagging – I see you Miss Washington. Finally making her Award season debut and she decided to stand out! From left to right: Leonardo Di Caprio in, the Weeknd in Dior Homme, Ryan Seacrest in Ryan Seacrest Distinction, Charlize Therron in Dior, Rooney Mara in Givenchy, Megalyn Echikunwoke in Prabal Gurung.
From left to right: Kate Winslet in Calvin Klein Collection, Finn Wittrock and Sarah Roberts, Daisy Ridley in Chanel Houte Couture, Margot Robbie in Tom Ford, Keri Washington in Versace, Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad.
From left to right: Sopie Turner in Galvan for Opening Ceremony, Sofia Vergara in Marchesa, Brie Larson in Gucci and Chloe Pirrie in Hilfigre Collection.
Jewel tones were all the rage and made for quite the spectacular sight with stunners like Brie Larson’s gorgeous Gucci piece and Tina Fey and Reese Witherspoon in shades of violet.
From left to right: Naomi Watts in Armani Privé and Liev Schreiber (who tied his own bow tie – according to his instagram), Reese Witherspoon in Oscar De la Renta, Tina Fey in Versace, Zuri Hall in Portia & Scarlett, Cate Blanchett in Armani and Todd Hayes.
And the fellas showed up in the numbers and dapper than ever. Just take a look at these stunners in their suits. From left to right: Benicio Del Toro, Abraham Atta, Henry Cavill, Jacob Tremblay in Giorgio Armani and Jared Leto in Gucci.
From left to right: Sylvester Stalone and Jennifer Flavin, Mark Ruffalo in Valentino and Sunrise Coigney, Pharell Williams and Helen Lasichanh.
It was a couples affair and they did not dissapoint. Aren’t they truly regal. From left to right: Quincy jones, Olivia Munn in Stella Mcartney and Aaron Rodgers, Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa and John Legend in Paul Smith, Steve and Nancy Carell, Sam Smith in Dunhill and songwriter Jimmy Napes, Jason Segel and Alexis Minter, Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga in custom Brandon Maxwell, Olivia Wilde in Valentino Haute Couture and Jason Sudeikis, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher in Marchesa, Louis Gosset Jr and his guest, Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden, Patricia Arquette in Marina Renaldi and Eric White.
Black reigned supreme on the red carpet with many nominees and their guests opting for the easy to do and regal look. Some chose to make a statement in their all black ensmbles – looking at you Kevin Hart.
From left to Right: Whoopie Goldberg in The Dames of New York, Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen, Mindy Kaling in custom Elizabeth Kennedy, Jennifer Garner in Atelier Verscae, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne both in Alexander McQueen, Christian Bale and Sibi Balzic, Eniko Parrish and Kevin Hart in Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley, Steven Speilberg and Kate Capshaw.
And the guests covering the festivities got in on the action.
From left to right: Access Hollywood’s Liz Hernandez in Michael Costello, E! News Maria Menounos in Christian Siriano, Extra’s Charissa Thompson in Kaufmanfranco, Extra’s Tracy Edmonds in Lorena Sarbu, Fit For Fashion host Louise Roe in Christian Siriano, Lara Spencer in Roland Mouret and Mario Lopez in Samuelsohn.
Some of the highlights of the evening;
Chris Rock kicked off the spoofs by describing the struggle black actors face in getting the opportunity to be in a movie. He then Tracy Morgan stole the show when he starred in a spoof of The Danish Girl, really getting into character with this punchline, “I’m a Danish Girl. These danishes is good girl!”
Some of the other movie spoofs included: Joy featuring Whoopi Goldberg, The Revenant featuring Leslie Jones screaming, “There are no actresses in this movie!!” and The Martian featuring Chris Rock.
Performances by Sam Smith, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga. The mother monster made a touching tribute to survivors of abuse performing Til It Happens to You and invited supporters on stage to share in the moment.
There was an amazing surprise visit from some of the Star Wars cast – checkout Jacob Tremblay’s cute response.
Mad Max Fury Road took home 6 of it’s 10 nominations!
Spotlight and The Big Short won big;
And then this happened…
Chris Rock brought out his daughter’s Girl Scout troop to sell cookies to the crowd,
and announced (jokingly – *fingers crossed) Stacey Dash as the Director of the Minority Outreach Program. I think Chrissy Teigen’s expression speaks for everyone at that news. L.O.L.
And let’s not forget the in Memorium Awards which paid tribute to
Spock Leonard Nimoy, Professor Snape Alan Rickman, Karolyn Ali, the Tupac: Ressurection creator, Blues Legend B.B. King and David Bowie.
And even the bear from The Revenant made an appearance – no mauling happened this time though.
Check out a full list of the winners, here.
And as the credits rolled on the evening three and a half hours event. That has pretty much wrapped up Award season.
Now it’s time for the Met Ball and music festival season – hello Governor’s Ball, Coachella.
Hope you guys enjoyed my reviews of this year’s Awards shows. Comments, suggestions, feel free to drop me line in the comments or shoot me an email.
Hugs and Sunshine,