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When comedian Louis C.K. took the stage to introduce the nominees for best documentary short on Sunday night, he took a brutally honest approach.
Calling the category “the one award that has the opportunity to change a life,” the Louie star joked about how the nominees will never make millions like the honorees in the rest of the night’s categories.
“This is documentary short film — it’s not even documentary feature,” he said, to much laughter from the audience, naming Al Gore and Michael Moore as recipients of the latter. “No, you cannot make a dime on this. These people will never be rich as long as they live, so this Oscar means something.”
He continued: “This Oscar’s going home in a Honda Civic. This Oscar’s going to be the nicest thing they ever own in their lives. It’s going to give them anxiety to keep it in their crappy apartment.”
The comedian then announced Mad Max as the winner, before eventually naming the real winner: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.
“Thank God I have two [Oscars] now,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the film’s producer, said as she took the stage for a powerful speech. The documentary tells the story of a woman in Pakistan who is sentenced to death for falling in love, and becomes a rare survivor.
“This is what happens when determined women get together,” she said before thanking the “men who champion women … and push women to go to school and work and want a more just society for women.”
The film beat out Body Team 12, Chau: Beyond the Lines, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah and Last Day of Freedom.
The 88th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and aired on ABC.
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