Since the introduction of the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 74th Academy Awards in 2002, we’ve seen a steady exponential increase in animated movies over the years. Pixar, and, by extent, Disney, has usually dominated the competition, with eight wins out of ten nominations, followed by DreamWorks and Disney’s animation studio. This year, we have a record 27 movies eligible for the award, and while the Academy can pick only five to nominate, for now it’s anyone’s game.
In showbiz circles, you might hear savvy types bring up what’s colloquially referred to as the “Oscar bump,” which, incredibly, is not a euphemism at all related to cocaine. When a performer or film takes home an Academy Award, that provides a welcome increase in their public profile — actors hot off their Oscar win pretty much have their pick of the most plum roles available at the time, and a victory in one of the key categories can draw attention to a film and possibly beef up its box-office numbers, in the event that it’s still floating around theaters. Put simply, winning an Oscar is good business.
Each year’s ceremony usually yields a handful of viral moments, little unexpected happenings that catch the public’s interest and make their way around social media platforms. Last year, the surprise selfie taken by host Ellen Degeneres quickly set Twitter ablaze, racking up millions of retweets and favorites in a matter of minutes. This year’s ceremony re-set that bar, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s long-awaited Best Actor win now the most-tweeted Oscar moment of all time.
If you watched last night’s Oscars, surely you saw Lady Gaga’s showstopper performance of “Til It Happens to You,” her Oscar nominated song from The Hunting Ground. Gaga’s performance, which brought the audience to its feet, introduced survivors of sexual assault onto the stage at the end of the song as they all stood hand-in-hand. It was a powerful moment, but equally as powerful was a moment you didn’t see: Oscar-winner walking up and hugging every single survivor as they walked off stage during a commercial break.
Sam Smith took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for his ‘Spectre’ theme ‘Writing’s On the Wall,’ something no one of saw coming.
Don’t say the Oscars can’t surprise you.
Brie Larson won Best Actress at the 2016 Oscars for her performance as Ma in Room, beating out fellow nominees Cate Blanchett, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Lawrence and Saoirse Ronan.
Alejandro G. Iñarritu just made Oscar history. ‘The Revenant’ filmmaker took home the Academy Award for Best Director on Sunday, the third time in the awards’ history a director has won in two consecutive years. Joseph L. Mankiewicz was the last director to win the award back-to-back in 1950 and 1951, following John Ford’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and ‘How Green Was My Valley’ wins in 1941 and 1942, respectively.
Ex Machina provided the first real upset of the 2016 Oscars beating out heavy favorite Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Best Visual Effects. In addition to Star Wars, Ex Machina beat out fellow nominees Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and The Martian.
The weirdest Oscars moment yet came courtesy of Stacey Dash, leaving a lot of people feeling pretty, uh, clueless.