The Academy Awards is the Super Bowl of Hollywood. Although the annual ceremony may seem over triumphant at times, it’s a momentous night in the entertainment industry. The show not only honors an environment that brings people from all over the world collectively, but it also can create the start of a career.
To celebrate the big show, here are the top five best moments that define the history of the Oscars:
1.In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar for best supporting actress in the movie, ”Gone With the Wind.” While Sidney Poitier was the second African American actor to win an Oscar In 1964, he was the first to win for best actor for ”Lilies of the Field.”
2.In 2002, Halle Berry makes history as the first and only African American woman to win the award for best actress. The ”BAPS” star intensified the significance of the award, saying, “This moment is so much bigger than me.” While giving respect to “every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.” And in 2003 Adrien Brody brought Halle Berry onstage for a long, uncomfortable kiss, despite the light sexual harassment rumors in Hollywood.
3.Chris Rock gave us the true meaning of nobody is safe, with his opening monologue back in 2016. The stand-up comedian made for a burning Oscar host surrounded by the uproar over the second year of #OscarsSoWhite, addressing the lack of inequality in the acting nominations, and stars like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith who boycotted the event because of it. “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties,” he poked. “I wasn’t invited!”
4.After five acting nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio finally got the chance to hold an Oscar trophy for best actor in his tough performance in ”The Revenant.” DiCaprio, the longtime environmental activist utilized his platform to gather for global warming endeavors, stating, “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
5.Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph most definitely stole the show at last year’s Oscars. The comedians were presenting the awards for animated and live action short films, and they were very comical. Improvising on the #Oscarssowhite conflict over the recent years, Haddish stated: “Are the Oscars too black now? Don’t worry. We were just backstage and there are still a bunch of white people still to come.”