Top Moments: The 88th Academy Awards

Celebrity actors gathered together for a star-studded Sunday night at the 88th Annual Academy Awards®, hosted by Chris Rock. The show did not disappoint – with Spotlight receiving the Oscar® for Best Picture, Brie Larson garnering the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Room, and Leonardo DiCaprio taking home his first, long-awaited Oscar for Best Actor for his lead role in The Revenant.

TiVo® has compiled the top five moments in which viewership spiked during last night’s awards ceremony. A variety of comedians nabbed the top spots, but a certain bear in the crowd staked its claim on a top moment as well. Without further ado, here are the TiVo top moments of the 88th Annual Academy Awards!

Actual Rank Time Range Top Moments
1 9:01pm Chris Rock introduces a segment that humorously places black actors in re-worked scenes from each of the Academy Award-nominated movies. Bizarrely, at the end of the segment, Chris Rock introduces Stacey Dash (the Fox News contributor and outspoken critic of the boycott of the Academy Awards, who has also questioned the need for Black History Month, and the BET Networks), as the “new director of our minority outreach program.” Dash wishes the audience a “Happy Black History Month.”
2 9:22pm Steve Carell plays straight man to Tina Fey when the duo takes the stage to present the award for production design. While Carell describes sets with specific details such as “production designers take us to beautiful new worlds: the interior of a spaceship,” Fey’s descriptions include vagaries such as “the thing where a bear lives.” Carell then states “Tina has been drinking. But that should not take away from the beautiful work from this year’s nominees for best production design.” Fey then continues with “the nonimees [sic] are…”
3 10:14pm Kevin Hart is on the stage to introduce The Weeknd; he first takes a moment to acknowledge all of the actors and actresses of color who did not get nominated this year: “I just want to take a second to get something off my chest. First and foremost, I’m a positive guy. I feed off of positive energy; I feel like positive overall beats negative. At the end of the day, we love what we do; we’re breaking major ground doing it. These problems of today will eventually become problems of the old. Let’s not let this negative issue of diversity beat us; let’s continue to do what we do best. With that being said, congratulations on an amazing year.” He also jokes about still not getting a seat in the front row, noting “…but that’s okay, I have a suit with shiny stuff on it.”
4 9:29pm After a clip from the nominated film The Revenant is shown, cameras pan to the audience applauding. Included in the audience is a person in a bear costume, applauding as well. The audience members look amused, with the exception of Leonardo DiCaprio.
5 9:35pm Chris Rock introduces the person who inspired the film Joy, Joy Mangano; the Boston Globe reporter Michael Rezendes from Spotlight; and the real Suge Knight from Straight Outta Compton. The camera shows a man in an orange jumpsuit and a straightjacket, with police on either side.

Photo credit: [C. Flanigan/Film Magic/Getty Images]

Source: TiVo Research

Methodology: TiVo Research’s Academy Awards analysis was prepared using aggregated, anonymous, second-by-second audience measurement data from approximately 30,000 anonymous households out of a daily sample of 350,000 subscribers to the Emmy® Award-winning TiVo service. TiVo Research gauges the interest in programming content by measuring the percentage of the TiVo audience watching in “play” speed. The most engaging moments are determined by looking for program content with the biggest bump in viewership relative to the surrounding 15 minutes of programming, offering a true reflection of change in viewership.

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