There are always a slew of memorable moments that happen at the Academy Awards, and this year’s ceremony was no different. There were first-time winners, hilarious speeches and important messages sent out to the world. Here are the biggest moments from the 88th Oscars ceremony:
Cookies from Chris: Much like Ellen DeGeneres’s mid-ceremony pizza-buying stunt from 2014, this year’s host Chris Rock brought his daughter’s Girl Scouts troop to sell cookies to the audience. Attendees like Mindy Kaling and Kate Winslet purchased cookies and it was announced that $65,243 worth of cookies were sold.
Sam Smith’s Dedication: After winning the Best Original Song award for “Writing’s on the Wall,” Sam Smith dedicated his win to the LGBT community, quoting—incorrectly—a quote from Ian McKellen, and he claimed that no openly gay man has ever won an Oscar.
An Adorable Presentation: Whenever Jacob Tremblay took the stage to speak, he was too short to reach the microphone. Chris Rock came to the rescue with some wooden platforms for Jacob to stand on, and the nine-year-old actor took over the audience with his adorable demeanor.
Words about Sexual Assault: Lady Gaga’s performance of her song from “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about sexual assault, was announced by Vice President Joe Biden, who encouraged the audience to take a pledge against sexual assault.
The performance that followed was a powerful one that included survivors of sexual assault on stage, each one with phrases regarding their experiences written on their arms. “Room” actress Brie Larson gave each survivor a hug as they left the stage.
A Call for Diversity in the Academy: Both Chris Rock and Oscar-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu both spoke about the need for more diversity within Hollywood, a topic that was controversial leading up to the ceremony. They both, as well as a multitude of other people, want more opportunity for people of color in film, television and other outlets.
Leo Finally Wins: The biggest surprise of the evening is probably the one that has been the most long-awaited over the years. Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “The Revenant.”
His anticipated moment didn’t even get cut off by the acceptance speech music. Even the Academy knew the win was long-overdue.
There you have it, folks, these are the biggest moments that you missed if you didn’t watch this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Let’s see if Leo can win again next year. I’m not holding my breath, though.