Why you should care
Because it’s time for change in Hollywood.
We knew he’d take the #OscarsSoWhite issue head on. But those who expected host Chris Rock to ease in, or ease up, at the “White People’s Choice Awards” were sorely mistaken. The comedian said Tinseltown is “sorority racist” — as in “We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa” — and lambasted those who told him not to host the show. “They’re not gonna cancel the Oscars because I quit,” he said, noting how he wasn’t about to lose another gig to Kevin Hart.
Many of the winners’ speeches focused on big issues, says OZY’s Libby Coleman, from climate change and corruption to LGBT rights and dystopia. And while the 88th annual Academy Awards will long be decried for its lack of color — it’ll also be remembered as a night when the event’s host made everyone laugh while reminding us that a lack of diversity is not at all funny.