The headline news for the 88th Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, is the momentous and highly-anticipated win for actor Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in The Revenant. The actor took to the stage to express how climate change is real, saying, “It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
Meanwhile, 26-year-old actress Brie Larson took home the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Room, while Alicia Vikander nabbed the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl.
In what the world is quickly calling a ‘surprise win’, Spotlight took home the Best Picture award over heavily-favored The Revenant.
Other moments from the awards ceremony include Chris Rock’s opening remarks, which called the event “the White People’s Choice Awards”, in response to the controversy surrounding the #OscarsSoWhite movement leading up to the show.
In another important moment, Vice President Joe Biden used his time on stage to introduce the best song nominee, Lady Gaga (“Til It Happens to You”), to raise attention about the issue of sexual violence on college campuses.
Moving documentary Amy, which profiled the rise and fall of late singer Amy Winehouse, took home the Best Documentary award.