Oscars 2016: Top 5 Moments From the Show

Chris Rock, Leo and more!

ByABC News
February 29, 2016, 12:30 AM

— -- The 88th Oscars are behind us and there is a lot to look back at. Leonardo DiCaprio's big win, host Chris Rock's energy and poignant humor, and "Mad Max: Fury Road"'s epic run were all big highlights.

Here are the top five takeaways from the big night:

Chris Rock

The host had the room laughing with his poignant, yet hilarious opening monologue. It wasn’t too much and really focused on the diversity issue from an angle only he could tackle.

“You realize if they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job, you'd all be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now,” he joked early on.

His unique mix of humor and seriousness continued as he said, "No black nominees, people are like, 'Chris you should boycott' ... How come it's only unemployed people who tell you to quit? I thought about quitting ... [but] they are not going to cancel the Oscars 'cause I quit. The last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart."

No one was safe, not even Will Smith.

"It's not fair Will was this good and didn't get nominated [for "Concussion"]. It's also not fair Will was paid $20 million for 'Wild Wild West,'" he said.

He kept it up the rest of the night coming back from a break, saying “Ah we’re black” and then joking about controversial figures like Suge Knight.

He also sold Girl Scout cookies during the show, and who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies?


This was the punchline that lasted the entire night.

A skit early on re-shot nominated films using the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Tracy Morgan. Morgan was "The Danish Girl" and his short appearance on the show was one of the most memorable of the entire night.

Kevin Hart took the stage later in the night and gave a very emotional speech. "Let's not let this negative issue of diversity beat us," Hart said, a perfect compliment to Rock.

The important topic was handled with humor during the show.

'Mad Max' and 'Spotlight'

The epic George Miller classic "Mad Max: Fury Road" cleaned up at the Oscars. The movie had a three-peat at one point, winning three awards in a row, then continued its run, finishing with six Oscars.

Later on in the night, Louis C.K. even joked that they won in a category in which they weren’t even nominated.

Meanwhile, "Spotlight" won the biggest award of the night, taking home Best Picture to the surprise of many. Star Michael Keaton wasn't shocked as he pumped his fist walking to the stage to close the show.

Lady Gaga’s Emotional Performance

Vice President Joe Biden earned a well-deserved standing ovation when he came out to introduce Lady Gaga and her performance to shed light on sexual abuse around the country.

“No abused woman or man ... ever has to ask themselves 'What did I do?' They did nothing wrong,” he said.

Gaga then sang “Til It Happens To You” while seated at a piano, and was later joined by fellow sexual assault survivors.

Rachel McAdams and others in the audience could be seen tearing up at the courageous performance.

Leo’s Big Night

Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home his first Oscar for "The Revenant" and walked up to the stage with a big, well-earned grin on his face.

“I do not take this night for granted,” he said at the end of his speech after thanking his director and co-star. He then thanked those who have supported him his whole life.

"To my parents, none of this would be possible without you," he said.

The Internet exploded in support for the actor who has been thrilling audiences for 25 years.