Leo DiCaprio finally receives an Oscar//Flickr

Leo DiCaprio finally receives an Oscar//Flickr

By Chris Yanni, Contributing Writer

The 88th Oscars was an eventful night, one that was surrounded with controversy. This is the second straight year that there was not a black actor or actress nominated. This year people were enraged not to see actors such Will Smith nominated for his role in, “Concussion”, Michael B. Jordan for his role in “Creed”, or Jason Mitchell for his role in “Straight Outta Compton.” this year’s host of the Oscars, Chris Rock was cracking jokes about it throughout the night. But he also highlighted that society should focus more on bigger, and more impactful issues that are currently facing the African American community.

When it comes to the awards, several underdogs came out on top. The biggest award Best Picture came as a surprise, as the predicted winner from many film critics for this award was “The Revenant”. Instead, the award was shockingly won by “Spotlight.”

After the years of anticipation, Leonardo Dicaprio finally won “best actor,” an award that has been long overdue. Dicaprio was the predicted winner being that he won both the Golden Globe and BAFTA everybody were expecting him to win, and sixth time the charm. For “Best Actress,” the winner was Brie Larson for her performance in “Room”. She was predicted to win after winning at the Golden Globes and the BAFTA’s.

For “Best Supporting Actor” everyone was predicting Sylvester Stallone to take home the gold for his performance in “Creed.” Stallone, playing the same character that made him a superstar the legendary Rocky Balboa, this year marking the 40th anniversary of “Rocky”. However Mark Rylance took home the Oscar instead, for his performance in Bridge of Spies,

“Best Supporting Actress” was won by Alicia Vikander for her performance in “The Danish Girl.” She was predicted to win by most critics, however some were calling for an upset and predicted that Kate Winslet would win, instead for her performance in “Steve Jobs.” Being that Winslet took the Golden Globe and the BAFTA, those critics thought Winslet would have won.