DeAndre Arnold Proudly Wears His Dreadlocks to the Oscars After Being Banned From Graduation | 22 Words

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 one of the most-talked-about moments of the evening came courtesy of DeAndre Arnold. Keep scrolling to learn more...

It's that time of year again...

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Awards season is in full swing and yesterday it was 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 on Sunday to see who will be honored with an award this year.

For the second year in a row, the annual event is hostless...

Last year, people were pretty uncertain about how the evening would pan out but it seems it's a tradition the Academy is set to continue. ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke made the announcement last week while speaking at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Pasadena: "Let me confirm it now, together with the Academy, that there will be no traditional host this year."

Across all the major categories, there's been some tough competition.

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Especially when it comes to the 9 flicks that went head to head in the "Best Picture" category.

And there's been some strong reactions already.

Twitter has exploded with Oscar-related debates and it seems as though everyone's got an opinion about who they want to see win an award. They've also shared their thoughts on Eminem's performance but you'll find out about that a little later on...

People have been extremely excited since the nominations were announced...

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Especially given the fact that so many critically-acclaimed movies have hit screens recently.

But of course, it's not only about the movies.

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The 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...

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From 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?

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It 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.

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Celebrities 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...

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And this year's winners certainly used this advantage.

There were a lot of worthy winners...

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Huge names such as Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, and Leonardo DiCaprio took home awards last night.

Everyone was pleased to see Joaquin Phoenix pick up an award...

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He 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...

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During 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...

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"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...

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"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.

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Joaquin 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.

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"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...

And a surge of love and admiration has certainly gone in Joaquin's way.

Joaquin was far from the only person who made a statement yesterday.

DeAndre Arnold, a Texas high school student, recently hit the headlines after he was suspended and banned from both his high school prom and graduation unless he cut his dreadlocks.

His story quickly spread to social media...

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And caught the attention of activists and celebs alike who rushed to the teen's defense and encouraged him to take a stand against his school's blatant discrimination.

And, ahead of the Oscars, his story reached director, Matthew A. Cherry. 

Cherry bagged the award for Best Animated Short Film for his movie, Hair Love, which tells the story of a black father learning to style his daughter's natural hair.

Arnold was invited to the Oscars along with his mother by Cherry. 

And in a brilliant turn of events, the eighteen-year-old proudly rocked up donning his dreadlocks at one of the biggest events in the world.

Arnold was left shocked by the attention his story got.

"I'm so grateful. I never expected any of this," he told Refinery29. "The message of that movie and my message go together so well. I think it's really amazing how they reached out to me and how we can fight this together."

Together, Cherry and Arnold are advocating for the nationwide passage of The CROWN Act.

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The legislation, authored by California Senator Holly J. Mitchell, will make it illegal to discriminate against black people for wearing their natural hair in the workplace or at school. Currently, the law has only been passed in New Jersey, California, and New York.

His Oscar appearance isn't the only celebrity support Arnold has received...

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He was recently invited to appear on The Ellen Show where the popular host surprised him with a $20,000 scholarship from Alicia Keys.

Arnold says the scholarship will help him pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian...

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"When Ellen said that school is supposed to be where you learn about cultures — not learn how to shut out cultures — that really stuck with me," he explained. "The most exciting [thing] is seeing all the people that are on my side. I thought it would be a lot more hate than support." Want to read more about last night's Oscars? Keep scrolling to find out more about the "secret message" hidden in Natalie Portman's outfit.