This may finally be the year we see a Leonardo DiCaprio Oscars win. Fans are certainly hoping he joins the other Oscar winners according to activity on Twitter, where the hashtag #OscarForLeo is trending. Also trending are the hastags #OscarsSoWhite and #HollywoodBrownout. Read more about the reasons behind these social media trends, and why they sum up why everyone should watch the Oscars 2016 tonight, here below. Need to watch the Oscars online tonight? Get details on Oscars live stream options here.
On Feb. 28, just hours before the 88th annual Academy Awards get underway at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, those hopeful for a long-awaited Leonardo DiCaprio Oscars win were using the hashtag to voice their opinion that this never-won actor should finally get his due from The Academy for his work in “The Revenant.” (Check out a New York Times review of “The Revenant” here.)
Of course, though the #OscarForLEo hashtag reflects enough interest that a DiCaprio win would generate headlines, there will be far more pressing matters at play during the Oscars 2016 awards show on Sunday night. Amid the controversy over what many say is the systemic whitewashing of the Oscars and a proposed boycott of the event by some in the entertainment industry, the hashtag #HollywoodBrownout was also trending pre-Oscars. This hashtag represents a call from actress Eva Longoria last week for those attending the Oscars 2016 and who care about the controversy to support the inclusion of more actors of color, especially Latin talent, by wearing a brown ribbon.
Also speaking to the whitewashing allegations, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was trending in the lead up to the Oscars 2016 airing on ABC. The outcry stems from the fact that not a single black actor or actress was singled out for outstanding acting among this year’s Oscar nominees. For the second year in a row, no black actors were nominated for individual acting awards, despite a selection of talented performances from everyone from Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”) and Will Smith (“Concussion”) to Terra Thompson (“Creed”) and Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”). With so much diverse talent in film to choose from, the sentiments behind the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag seems more than fair treatment of an Academy that could come up with no black nominees. Not one.
Between the Hollywood Brownout campaign, the whitewashed lists of 2016 Oscar nominees reflected by Twitter’s #OscarsSoWhite outrage, the fevered anticipation of DiCaprio maybe, finally, actually joining the exclusive club of Oscar award winners, and the simple fact that Chris Rick is hosting, there are plenty of pretty good reasons to watch this year’s Academy Awards.
Whether you are just in it to see Chris Rock skewer the Hollywood machine (and hopefully make some seriously funny yet poignant and undeniably true observations on the excruciating lack of black and Hispanic Oscar nominees), find out which of your favorite actors have become brand-new Oscar winners, or are simply paying extra attention this year’s award show to observe how the Hollywood elite present themselves on the issue of race as it pertains to the Oscars, you can tune in to ABC Sunday night to make it happen. Check local listings for time and channel. Want to watch the Oscars online? Click here for Oscars live stream viewing information.