The lower figures could reflect civil rights leader Al Sharpton’s call for a “tune out” to protest the absence of people of colour among the nominees.
Sam Smith, The Weekend and Lady Gaga also performed their Oscar-nominated songs, “Writing’s on the Wall”, “Earned It” and “Til It Happens to You” respectively.
He said his experience shooting the film in the Canadian and Argentine wilderness brought him even closer to his belief that climate change is a critical issue. “We [were] too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer”. You hear it on the Internet, you hear it from other people, and you know the truth is… you know, we always strive for the best in what we do.
That means the Chris Rock-hosted show was on in 23.4 percent of American households with televisions, and 36 percent of TVs turned on during Sunday night’s telecast, according to Variety.
“- Leonardo DiCaprio, in his speech after winning the lead actor Oscar for “The Revenant“.
Brie Larson (Room) won the Oscar for actress in a leading role – her first Oscar nomination and win and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) won the Oscar for actress in a supporting role.
“Mad Max” took home the most Oscars, with six total wins, all in technical categories that included two wins for sound.
DiCaprio, 41, until Sunday, had been nominated 5 times at the Oscars but had never won. “Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world”, the environmental activist told the crowd, using the opportunity to discuss climate change.
For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. “Though clearly we don’t take full credit for the decline, certainly one would have to assume we were effective and part of the decline”.
“I feel so overwhelmed with gratitude for what happened tonight, but I feel there is a ticking clock out there” demanding action, he said. I want to help solve the problem and that’s going to take a fresh perspective. “Thank you so very much”, he concluded.