Oscars: The 6 Funniest Moments
Chris Rock, Jacob Tremblay and Louis C.K. won over the audience at the 88th annual Academy Awards.
1. Chris Rock's monologue
After weeks of #OscarsSoWhite conversations, everyone wanted to know what host Chris Rock would say about the topic. And he delivered. Rock kicked off his monologue after a brief video introduction montage of the year's films, saying, “I counted at least 15 black people on that montage!”
He welcomed everyone to the Oscars, “otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards.” He also talked about the stars like Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the Oscars, saying several people told him he should boycott and quit his hosting gig. “How come it’s only unemployed people who tell you to quit something?” Rock asked. "The last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.”
“Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!” he said, adding “that’s not an invitation I would turn down.”
2. Whoopi Goldberg Remakes Joy
In one of several video shorts from the night, Chris Rock introduced this “remake” of Jennifer Lawrence’s film Joy, which includes a special cameo from Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg appears as a janitor on a QVC set with Lawrence's character, who's experiencing a bit of stage fright.
“Maybe one day they’ll make a movie about a skinny white lady who invented a mop!" said Goldberg. "Of course a black girl would have to invent a cure to cancer before they even give her a TV movie.”
3. Tina Fey and Steve Carell present the award for best production design
Presenting the best production design category, Steve Carell started with a genuine compliment. “Production designers take us to beautiful new worlds. The interior of a spaceship," he said, referencing The Martian. “The thing where a bear lives,” said Fey, in reference to The Revenant. “An artist’s studio in 1920s Copenhagen," continued Carell, this time referring to The Danish Girl.
Fey, giggling, added of Bridge of Spies, “Tom Hanks’ … house?”
“Tina has been drinking,” Carell said in a serious tone, to applause and laughs in the audience.
4. Chris Rock Remakes The Martian
In another of Rock's "remakes," he recast himself in Matt Damon's astronaut role, with The Martian's Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig discussing how to save Rock, the "black astronaut."
"Should we get him?" Daniels asked.
"It'll cost $2,500," Daniels told Wiig. "Yeah, can we just leave him up there?"
"I'll tell you what's a PR problem — spending 2,500 white dollars to save one black astronaut. We'll all be out of jobs." They continued to discuss the pros and cons of saving Rock before deciding to get pho for lunch.
5. Louis C.K presents the award for best documentary short
Presenting the award for documentary short subject, Louis C.K. joked about the meaning of Oscars for documentarians. "This Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic," he said, joking about the lack of money in docs. "This Oscar is going to be the nicest thing they own in their life."
He also couldn't resist making a quick joke about Mad Max: Fury Road's sweep of the night's technical categories. Before opening the envelope with the real winner (A Girl in the River), the comedian jokingly announced the winner as Mad Max, to laughs from the crowd. George Miller's film had just won six awards for the night, with more nominations still to come.
6. Jacob Tremblay and Abraham Attah present the award for live-action short
Presenting live-action short film, awards season sweetheart Jacob Tremblay got some help from host Chris Rock so he could reach the microphone. Rock set out a couple of wooden boxes for the 9-year-old Tremblay and his slightly taller co-presenter, 14-year-old Abraham Attah from Beasts of No Nation. Tremblay thanked the host, telling him, "I loved you in Madagascar," to a big laugh and endearing "aw" from the crowd. "He's the zebra. He's hilarious!" Tremblay added.