Oscar’s golden (and not so bright) moments are the rule
USA TODAY’s Carly Mallenbaum digs through the latest celebrity news for highlights ... and lowlights. Think high school yearbook superlatives — if Sam Smith and Stacey Dash were classmates.
LEAST LIKELY TO HAVE A FACT-CHECKER: SAM SMITH
Smith didn’t say anything particularly egregious or offensive when he accepted the Oscar for Spectre’s Writing’s on the Wall, but he did talk about how he might be the first openly gay Academy Award winner. The thing is ... he’s not. “(EXPLETIVE). (Expletive) that!” Smith said backstage Sunday after a reporter informed him that two other openly gaymen— Howard Ashman and Dustin Lance Black — had won Oscars.
MOST SURPRISING WINNER: MARK RYLANCE
Though Sylvester Stallone had been favored to win the supporting-actor Oscar, Bridge of Spies star Rylance took the trophy. “I’ve always just adored stories— hearing them, seeing them, being in them,” Rylance said. “So for me to have the chance to work with one of the greatest storytellers of our time, Steven Spielberg, has been such an honor.” Meanwhile, many stars tweeted their support for Stallone. “Tome, you’re the best, no matter what they say,” Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote.
BIGGEST REASON TO CELEBRATE: LEONARDO DICAPRIO
It took six acting nominations and eating raw bison liver for DiCaprio to finally take home his first Academy Award. The crowd at the Dolby Theatre cheered once DiCaprio’s name was called, and fans on Twitter broke Oscar-day records with their tweets about the award-winning actor. DiCaprio used his acceptance speech to thank his directors and especially to shine a spotlight on global warming.