Those who watched the Oscars last night had many a laugh, despite a few uncomfortable moments.
Around 34 million people tuned into the 88th Academy Awards last night, marking an 8-year low for the prestigious award show. Many attribute the ratings dip to the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity within this year's class of nominees and the resulting Oscars So White protest.
Many who did tune in, though, including those in the hip-hop community, enjoyed much of the Hollywood spectacle, particularly Chris Rock's job as host and Leo DiCaprio's big win for his leading role in "The Revenant," his first golden statue in six nominations and an acting career spanning nearly 25 years.
As host, Rock was put in a precarious position, and many felt he put all doubts to rest with his opening monologue, with jokes that exposed the absurdity of the whitewashed award show without trampling too heavily on its deeply entrenched prestige.
Past Oscar winner Juicy J thought Rock's opening monologue was hilarious, though singer/actor Tyrese felt the comedian crossed the line when he took a shot at Jada Pinkett Smith and her pledge to boycott the award show. "Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties," joked Rock. "I wasn't invited!"
"Did you really use your STAGE to tear down and diminish one of the strongest most fearless black women IN this town as the world watched???" Tyrese wrote in the caption of an Instagram response video. Also in the video, he expressed his happiness to see Leo grab his first award, a sentiment shared by many stars, including Kanye West.
I didn't watch - I didn't - but online people are talking and someone posted the tasteless joke that Chris Rock did in his opening - Did you really use your STAGE to tear down and diminish one of the strongest most fearless black women IN this town as the world watched??? Jokes are just jokes right???? Not when someone is trying to affect change......... Not when someone is willing to put it ALL on the line to affect change for our daughters and sons of the future........ Shame on you Chris Rock - Now let me run to YouTube and watch Leo's acceptance speech............ So fucking proud of you Leo......
"Finally!!! Our guy!!! We're so happy for Leo!!!" wrote Kanye in one of his least controversial tweets in recent weeks.
Finally!!! Our guy!!! We're so so happy for Leo!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 29, 2016
Another guest whose efforts were widely lauded was The Weeknd, who performed a theatrical rendition of his "50 Shades of Grey" single "Earned It," which ended up losing to Sam Smith's "Writing's on the Wall" for Best Original Song. Despite the loss, his performance was among the night's most scintillating moments, and though he's been on the main stage of the entertainment world's two biggest award shows in the past two weeks, he's still gonna be the target of unforgiving memes until he gets that creature off his head.
Vamo the weeknd pic.twitter.com/4AjN9PdmAZ— El Reja (@Santi_Vatt) February 29, 2016
As for the most cringeworthy moment of the night, that dishonor goes to Stacey Dash.
Leo will get the Oscar tonite!— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 29, 2016
Did I jinx it ? No ! Dude got some dope movies " wolf of Wall Street" my favorite— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 29, 2016
Fight the power lol!— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 29, 2016
Stacey dash Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Chris rock is crazy hahahaha— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 29, 2016
Abel killin it !!!— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 29, 2016
Leo somewhere high as fuk!— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 29, 2016
Good job @chrisrock on hosting the Oscars...That's not an easy gig to do and you pulled off under the circumstances...— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) February 29, 2016
ITS NO MOVIE THEATRE IN COMPTON YOU LYING ASS NIGGA @chrisrock— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) February 29, 2016
Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) February 29, 2016
Adam McKay deserves this.— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) February 29, 2016
Shots fired. #Oscars— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) February 29, 2016
The Stacey Dash joke went over almost every white head in the room. That just proves how Clueless she is about inclusion. #Oscars— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) February 29, 2016