Here we go. The 2016 Academy Awards are under way and you can follow along here in this Oscars live blog. Chris Rock hosts this year’s festivities.
5:30 – The show begins with a 2015 movie montage that includes nominated films. Following the two minute montage, Chris Rock is introduced. “I counted at least 15 people in that montage,” Rock jokes, continuing by calling it the “White People’s Choice Awards.”
“Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited,” Rock jokes about Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the Oscars, adding that while it wasn’t fair that Will Smith didn’t get nominated for Concussion, it also wasn’t fair that he got paid $20 million for Wild, Wild West.
5:44 – Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron present the award for Original Screenplay. Blunt begins by saying that tonight’s ceremony will follow the order it takes to make a movie, hence starting out with writing instead of the usual Supporting Actor categories. Spotlight wins the Oscar.
5:49 – Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe present the award for Adapted Screenplay. The Big Short wins the Oscar.
5:58 – Rock returns following the commercial break to introduce a skit that features Whoopi Goldberg appearing in the background of Joy. Next is Macy Gray in The Revenant subbing in for the bear. Next is Tracy Morgan in the place of Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl. Next, Chris Rock in the place of Matt Damon in The Martian. The montage drives home the point that it’s hard for minority actors to get good roles. Then comes a strange cameo by Stacy Dash who wishes everyone a Happy Black History Month.
6:01 – Sarah Silverman comes out to introduce the first of original song, but before that goes on an odd rant about how she was a Bond Girl who had sex with James Bond but never got a call back. She adds that, “he’s not a grower or a show-er.”
Sam Smith then sings “Writing’s On The Wall.”
6:06 – Henry Cavill and Kerry Washington present a montage of The Martian and The Big Short.
6:09 – J.K. Simmons appears to present the award for Best Supporting Actress. The Oscar goes to Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl. This is Vikander’s first nomination and win.
6:18 – Cate Blanchett introduces the nominees for Best Costume Design. The Oscar goes to Mad Max: Fury Road. Jenny Beavan wins her second Oscar in 10 nominations.
6:22 – Tina Fey and Steve Carell present the Best Production Design nominees. The Oscar goes to Mad Max: Fury Road. Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson accept the award, the first nomination and win for both.
6:25 – Margot Robbie and Jared Leto present the Makeup and Hairstyling nominees. The Oscar goes to Mad Max: Fury Road. Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin accept the award, the first for all.
6:28 – Jennifer Garner and Benicio Del Toro present the next pair of Best Picture nominees – The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road.
6:34 – Rachel McAdams and Michael B. Jordan present the Cinematography nominees. The Oscar goes to The Revenant. Emmanuel Lubezki wins his third consecutive Oscar (previously won for Birdman and Gravity).
6:38 – Liev Schreiber and Priyanka Chopra present the Best Editing nominees. The Oscar goes to Mad Max: Fury Road. Margaret Sixel accepts her first Oscar win.
6:41 – Rock returns to say that in honor Black History Month, the AMPAS has prepared a special presentation. Angela Bassett appears in the Black History Month Minute to honor Jack Black.
6:47 – Chris Evans and Chadwick Boseman present two awards – Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
The Oscar for Sound Editing goes to Mad Max: Fury Road. Mark Mangini and David White accept. It is the first win and nomination for White and the first win in four nominations for Mangini.
The Oscar for Sound Mixing goes to Mad Max: Fury Road. Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo. Rudloff picks up his third Oscar while Jenkins and Osmo win their first.
6:53 – A montage of Andy Serkis portraying CGI characters is seen followed by Serkis taking the stage to present the award for Visual Effect. The Oscar goes to Ex Machina. Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett win their fist Oscar. This is also one of the few categories so far that Mad Max has not won.
6:58 – Olivia Munn and Jason Segel, who hosted the Science and Technical Oscar Awards, presented a montage of the awards.
6:59 – C3PO, R2D2 and BB-8 on stage now. The trio talk about John Williams with his 50th Oscar nomination after winning 5 so far.
7:05 – Rock returns from the commercial break, appearing in the aisle saying he’s missed Girl Scout cookie season. He then introduces his daughter’s Girl Scout troop who sell cookies.
He then introduces the Minions who present the Best Animated Short Film nominees. The Oscar goes to Bear Story. Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala win their first Oscar. It is also the first Oscar for the country of Chile.
7:10 – Buzz Lightyear and Woody present the Best Animated Feature nominees. The Oscar goes to Inside Out. Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera win their second Oscars. Docter previously won for Up.
7:13 – Kevin Hart takes the stage to deliver a rant to applaud actors who didn’t get nominated. He then introduces the second Original Song nominee, “Earned It,” by The Weeknd.
7:22 – Kate Winslet and Reese Witherspoon present the next pair of Best Picture nominees – Bridge of Spies and Spotlight.
7:24 – Rock presents another montage where he visits a movie theater in Compton for a Man in the Street type bit.
7:28 – Particia Arquette presents the nominees for Best Supporting Actor. The Oscar goes to Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies. This is the first Oscar and nomination for Rylance and clearly the biggest upset of the night thus far, beating out Mark Ruffalo and Sylvester Stallone.
7:38 – Louis C.K. presents the nominees for Best Documentary Short Film. The Oscar goes to A Girl In The River: The Price of Forgiveness. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy wins her second Oscar.
7:41 – Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel present the nominees for Best Documentary Feature. The Oscar goes to Amy, the Amy Winehouse documentary. Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees win their first Oscar.
7:45 – Rock returns for the obligatory Pricewater Cooperhouse presentation with stereotypical Asian jokes about accounting and cell phones being made by the three Asian kids appearing on stage.
7:49 – Rock returns from commercial break to present how much money was raised from the earlier Girl Scout cookies bit. The total – $65, 243. He then introduces Whoopi Goldberg presents the Honorary Oscar recipients – Gena Rowlands, Spike Lee, and Debbi Reynolds with the Humanitarian Award.
7:52 – Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of AMPAS takes the stage. She congratulates the nominees and then addresses the diversity issue. “Each of you is an ambassador who can influence others in the industry. We must take action. While change is difficult it is necessary,” Isaacs said in addressing the diversity issue.
7:54 – Louis Gossett, Jr. presents the In Memoriam segment, with music by Dave Grohl.
8:03 – Jacob Tremblay and Abraham Attah present the nominees for Best Live Action Short. The Oscar goes to Stutterer. Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage win their first Oscar.
8:06 – Sofia Vergara and Byung-Hun Lee present the Best Foreign Language nominees. The Oscar goes to Son of Saul (Hungaray). Laszlo Nemes wins the second Oscar for Hungaray and the first for Nemes.
8:09 – Vice President Joe Biden appears on stage to a standing ovation and to the theme song of Indiana Jones. Biden addresses the crowd to implore people to take a pledge to intervene in cases of abuse. He plugs the website ItsOnUs.org, then introduces Lady Gaga who performs “Til It Happens To You.”
8:19 – Pharrell Williams and Quincy Jones present the nominees for Best Original Score. The Oscar goes to Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, who wins his first Oscar after six nominations. Morricone also did the iconic score for classic movies like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Malena, Bugsy, Once Upon A Time In America and many more. A deserved standing ovation as he takes the stage.
8:24 – Common and John Legend present the nominees for Best Original Song. The Oscar goes to Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith for “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre. It is the first Oscar win for both men.
8:28 – Olivia Wilde and Sacha Baron Cohen introduce Best Picture nominees Room and Cohen comes out in his Ali G character.
8:35 – J.J. Abrams presents the Best Directing nominees. The Oscar goes to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for The Revenant. This is Inarritu’s fourth Oscar win, including the three he won last year for Birdman.
8:43 – Eddie Redmayne presents the Best Actress nominees. The Oscar goes to Brie Larson for Room. This is first Oscar and nomination for Larson.
8:51 – Julianne Moore presents the Best Actor nominees. The Oscar goes to Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revanant. This is Leo’s first Oscar in six nominations. He gets a standing ovation from the audience.
8:58 – Morgan Freeman presents the Best Picture nominees. The Oscar goes to Spotlight. Producers Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon accept the award.
9:02 – The show has ended by inviting the audience to the BET Awards and urging them to buy Girl Scout cookies.