Leonardo DiCaprio may have finally received his first Oscar after six nominations, but the highlight of the 88th annual Academy Awards was Chris Rock's hosting.
The comedian, who came out swinging during his opening monologue, calling out the systematic racism that has affected the industry for decades, took every chance he could to call attention to the lack of actors of color nominated for awards.
"We want opportunity," Rock said during one of the more serious moments in his monologue. "We want black actors to get the same opportunities. That's it. And not just once."
Rock, never one to back down from awkward tension, addressed the lack of black actors in the room, joking that he saw at least "15 black actors" during the introductory montage.
Throughout the show, Rock introduced hilarious segment after segment, including a Saturday Night Live inspired satirical take on some of the best movies of the year. In the segment, Rock wanted to prove how difficult it was for black actors to get even minor roles in the movie and the result was one of the night's biggest highlights.
The comedian didn't sugarcoat anything, and instead, dug in more and more as the night wore on.
"We want black actors to get the same opportunities."
He wasn't the only one who took a moment to address the issue of Oscar diversity. Before introducing The Weeknd for his Oscar performance, comedian Kevin Hart offered his support and congratulations to the black actors that weren't at the award ceremony but continued to work day in and day out, whether or not they were recognized.
At times, the audience didn't know how to act or react. There was overzealous clapping, awkward shying away and blatant silence, but the message of the night definitely hovered around the theater for the entire three hours.
Although the theme of the night's events was certainly addressing the controversy that has surrounded the award show since the nominees were announced, there were some incredible moments that happened with the awards themselves.
While Spotlight took the award for Best Picture, upsetting guesses that The Revenant would take it, the moment of the night went to Leonardo DiCaprio.
DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar for his role in The Revenant after being nominated six times previously. Meaning, most importantly, the popular internet meme about Leo's inability to actually win one of the golden statues has finally come to an end.
During his acceptance speech, DiCaprio took time to thank everyone involved in the movie, giving a special shout out to his friend and co-star Tom Hardy.
"I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career," DiCaprio said. "Thank you for helping me navigate my way through this industry."
DiCaprio also spent some time bringing attention to issues like the underprivileged, the failing economy and global warming, asking people to work with him toward building a better and stronger planet for future generations.
The Revenant was one of the big award winners of the night, with DiCaprio and director Alejandro G. Inarritu taking home awards in their respective Best Actor and Best Directing categories. It marked the second year in a row Inarritu won, following last year's award show sweep with Birdman.
Mad Max: Fury Road was also one of the biggest winners of the night, sweeping the technical categories and beating out stiff competition from films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant.
From audio editing to visual editing, Mad Max: Fury Road won just about every craft award it was nominated for, which wasn't too surprising.
There were, however, a few surprise winners that baffled just about everyone.
Most noteworthy was Mark Rylance winning the award for Best Supporting Actor over Sylvester Stallone for his work in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies.
Stallone, who previously won a Golden Globe for his work in Creed, was expected to have the award in the bag, with many analysts suggesting he'd take it as a legacy award.
Still, Arnold Schwarzenegger took some time to send a personal video message to his good friend Stallone on Twitter. Schwarzenegger said that even though Stallone didn't technically win, in his opinion, he was the only true winner out there.
The surprises didn't stop there, either. Sam Smith took home the award for Best Original Song in a movie for his performance of "Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre.
All in all, it was a pretty successful show, with just enough comedy interjected to make the three and a half hour event not drag on too long.
And with the end of the Oscars, award show season is pretty much over. As Matthew Broderick said after the credits finish rolling in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "What are you still doing here? It's over. Go home."