Last night was the evening that we have all been waiting for... The Oscars. The whole world has been waiting in anticipation for the evening, where winners of some of the most coveted awards were announced from an all-star shortlist.
But there's one element of the evening that stirred up a lot of controversy online, with many declaring how "disappointed" they were in the Oscars.
Keep scrolling to find out more.
It's that time of year again...
via: Getty ImagesAwards season is in full swing and tonight it's the turn of the hotly anticipated Oscars.
The Oscars are one of the biggest events in Hollywood...And the biggest names in the industry hit the red carpet tonight to see who will be honored with an award this year.
For the second year in a row, the annual event is hostless...
The #Oscars will again have no host, the president of ABC Television Entertainment says https://t.co/2ssBPVgiMd https://t.co/2ptQ7WxreV— Reuters (@Reuters)1578512442.0
Across all the major categories, there's been some tough competition.
via: Getty ImagesEspecially when it comes to the 9 flicks that are going head to head in the "Best Picture" category.
And there's been some strong reactions already.
Me looking at the Oscar nominations this morning. https://t.co/BTGg7pJUOm— Tim Grierson (@Tim Grierson)1578926215.0
People have been extremely excited since the nominations were announced...
via: Getty ImagesEspecially given the fact that so many critically-acclaimed movies have hit screens recently.
But of course, it's not only about the movies.
via: Getty ImagesThe Oscars is a prime time for fans to see their favorites actors and actresses showcase just what they're made of. From outfits to speeches, the award ceremony has become a night to make a statement.
However, the Oscars has given us some other unforgettable moments...
via: Getty ImagesFrom celebrity slip-ups to record-breaking selfies, we're expecting to see a whole array of new and exciting moments that will leave their own print in award history.
And who could forget Ellen DeGeneres' iconic selfie?
via: Getty ImagesIt only seems fitting that in this modern era, selfies themselves are breaking records.
Here it is...I mean, when you combine Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto, and Angelina Jolie in one picture, you're bound to get an overwhelming reaction, right? Well, thirty-seven million people on Twitter wanted to catch a glimpse of it and yeah, it crashed the platform.
But the award ceremony has also been a platform for change.
via: Getty ImagesCelebrities have used the stage to share experiences, awareness and give speeches that have sent ripples throughout the film industry.
Winning an Oscar is the best time to make an impactful speech...
via: Getty ImagesAnd this year's winners certainly used this advantage.
There were a lot of worthy winners...
via: Getty ImagesHuge names such as Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, and Leonardo DiCaprio took home awards last night.
But everyone was pleased to see Joaquin Phoenix pick up an award...
via: Getty ImagesHe won the Best Actor Award for his leading role in Joker, and it's safe to say he's an extremely deserving winner.
Joaquin took his opportunity to discuss matters close to his heart...
via: Getty ImagesDuring his acceptance speech, he spoke of his views on veganism and the need to move away from factory farming.
Joaquin spoke of some home truths...
via: Getty Images"I think that we've become very disconnected from the natural world," he told the crowd. "Many of us, what we're guilty of is an egocentric world view: the belief that we're the center of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder its resources."
A speech to make the vegan community proud...
via: Getty Images"We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth, we steal her baby even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable." He also added that while it might be tough for humans to give up meat, we are so gifted at inventing alternatives that we should be celebrating and using these advancements instead.
His words were wise and full of compassion.
via: Getty ImagesJoaquin continued, "That's when we're at our best when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow, when we educate each other, when we guide each other toward redemption."
Joaquin then went on to mention his late brother, River Phoenix.
via: Getty Images"When he was seventeen, my brother wrote this lyric and he said 'run to the rescue with love and peace and the rest will follow. Thank you," he concluded.
Fans all around the world were left speechless...
Wow- Joaquin Phoenix speech left me speechless and my eyes watered. Thank you Joaquin Phoenix and congratulations!… https://t.co/k7PpihI0s7— Henry T. Contreras (@Henry T. Contreras)1581308089.0
While many winners used the evening as a platform to speak up about social issues...
via: Getty ImagesA commercial shedding light on the struggle many mothers face was rejected by ABC from the Oscars broadcast.
The commercial in question was from Frida Mom, a brand that sells a variety of postpartum products.
But ABC rejected broadcasting the ad for being "too graphic."
via: YouTubeThe commercial highlighted the reality of postpartum bodies - with the mom looking visibly uncomfortable as she can be seen struggling to use the bathroom, and wearing mesh underwear while her baby is heard crying in the background.
For many women, the scenes played out in the ad will hit close to home.
via: YouTubeBut it seems that failing to shy away from the often painful reality of the first days of parenthood was clearly too much for ABC.
Following the rejection, Frida Mom uploaded the banned ad to YouTube.
via: YouTubeAnd the response has been huge. At the time of writing, the clip has over 1 million views. Keep scrolling to watch...
The brand expressed their confusion at having their ad rejected.
via: YouTube"The ad you’re about to watch was rejected by ABC & the Oscars from airing during this year’s award show. It’s not ‘violent, political’ or sexual in nature. Our ad is not ‘religious or lewd’ and does not portray ‘guns or ammunition’." “Feminine hygiene & hemorrhoid relief" are also banned subjects."
"It’s just a new mom, home with her baby and her new body for the first time. Yet it was rejected."
via: YouTube"And we wonder why new moms feel unprepared. We make products that help women prepare for postpartum recovery. We’re Frida Mom."
The comments were instantly flooded with viewers declaring their "disappointment" in ABC and The Oscars.
via: YouTube"So disappointed in the Oscars. This is real life! Cheers to FridaMom for always being at the forefront of making postpartum life a little easier for us moms!" wrote one user.
Nobody can figure out why this ad had been banned in the first place.
The fact that @ABCNetwork banned this ad is truly absurd. Society relies on us to bring children into the world and… https://t.co/kTh3f3nLk2— meika hollender (@meika hollender)1581039827.0