Highlights from the 88th Annual Academy Awards Blog Entertainment 03/01/2016 Tweet What an historic night for the 88th annual Academy Awards. Chris rock was the host for the show, which was under major scrutiny for its lack of diversity. Viewers were looking forward to Rock’s opening monologue to address the diversity issue. Being the comedian he is, Rock did not disappoint. The monologue was met with many mixed emotions as he addressed the controversies. And Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins his first Oscar in his role in “The Revenant.” In his acceptance speech DiCaprio addressed climate change and how we help better our planet. Also thanking his parents, teary eyed. However “Mad Max” won the night taking home six Academy Awards.