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February 28, 2016

The best moments of the 2016 Oscars

From Chris Rock's hosting gig to Leo finally having his moment

This year's Oscars were high-stakes: not only were the ceremonies surrounded by controversy over the lack of diversity in this year's nominees, but a number of records were on the line and Leonardo DiCaprio was up for yet another award. Would it be his night? Would Chris Rock tackle the #OscarsSoWhite debacle head on? Who wore what?

Below, we captured some of the night's biggest moments for those who fell asleep before the (very, very long) 2016 Oscars came to a close. 

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On the red carpet, Kate Winslet and her "Titanic" co-star Leonardo DiCaprio had everyone reminiscing as they teamed up for "reunion" photos before the Oscars ceremony. 
In addressing Hollywood's glaring lack of diversity, the Oscars aired a montage of black actors superimposed in the year's biggest films. This montage included the gift of Tracy Morgan playing "The Danish Girl," as a girl who loves danishes. Like, the pastry.

Later, Adam McKay - a Malvern-raised writer/director and Temple dropout - won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Big Short" with his co-writer Charles Randolph. Learn all about McKay's rise to fame in our exclusive interview here. Upper Dublin's Josh Singer also took home an award, sharing the best original screenplay Oscar for "Spotlight." 

When host Chris Rock brought out conservative TV personality Stacey Dash as the Academy's "Director of Minority Outreach," the joke didn't exactly land - and Chrissy Teigen gifted us all with yet another funny reaction meme.

Then there was this cute moment:

"Mad Max: Fury Road" took home six awards for its technical prowess and was recognized for costumes, makeup and hair styling, sound editing and more. 

And Tina Fey pretended to be drunk for her presentation with "Date Night" co-star Steve Carell.

Then the Oscars expertly trolled Leo by bringing in a guy in a bear costume, like the bear he fought (via CGI) in "The Revenant."

"Room" star Jacob Tremblay had an adorable reaction to special "Star Wars" guests appearing on stage.  

In an astute expansion on last year's pizza gag from Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock brought out a Girl Scout troop selling cookies during the awards show. They raised over $65,000 for the group. 

Then there was this slick wink. 

The director of "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness," Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, gave a moving acceptance speech for Best Documentary Short. 

And yes, this really happened.

Oscar nominee Lady Gaga performed her song "Til It Happens to You" from the film "The Hunting Ground" during the night, bringing survivors of sexual assault on stage with her to create a powerful message. Unfortunately, she would later go on to lose the award for Best Original Song to "Writing's On the Wall" from "Spectre."

After the performance, Best Actress winner Brie Larson hugged each of the survivors as they walked off stage.

Then: it finally happened. Leonardo DiCaprio finally won a Best Actor Oscar for his work in "The Revenant," and millions of memes joking about his lack of an award slowly died.

"Spotlight" pulled off an upset by taking home Best Picture and star Michael Keaton reacted appropriately. 

And then the curtain finally fell. Of course, there were plenty of noteworthy moments during the almost three-hour ceremony. Which were your favorites?