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Oscars 2016 from racism to LGBT: Diverse issues take centrestage

Here's what the Oscars winners like Leonardo DiCaprio, Sam Smith, Mark Rylance as well as host Chris Rock had to say on the issue like racial diversity, climate change and LGBT rights at the Academy Awards.

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The 88th Academy Award winners including Leonardo DiCaprio, Sam Smith, Mark Rylance as well as host Chris Rock used the Oscar stage to address issues like racial diversity, climate change and LGBT rights. Here's what some of the winners had to say on the issue at the Academy Awards.

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Chris Rock nailed the opening monologue with a skillful mix of social commentary and humour about racism in Hollywood, and issue that has dominated debates this awards season. "Well, I am here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People Choice Awards. If they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job." "Is Hollywood racist? You know, you have to go at that the right way. It is a different type of racist. You are damn right Hollywood's racist. Hollywood is sorority racist. But things are changing." Rock addressed police violence against black community, saying "This year at the Oscars, things are gonna be a real different. In this year, in the In Memoriam package, it's just gonnna be black people who were shot by cops on the way to the movies."

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Breaking his Oscar jinx, Leonardo DiCaprio took to stage to accept his best actor trophy and focused on climate change. "Making 'The Revenant' was about man's relationship in the natural world... Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work together and stop procrastinating. Do not take the planet for granted."

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Sam Smith dedicated his first Academy Award to the LGBT community. "I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man. I hope we can stand all together as equals one day."

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy lauded the "brave men" and others who encourage women to study and progress in life. "Thank God I have two of them now. This is what happens when determined women get together from Saba, the woman in my film, who remarkably survives an honour killing and shared her story."

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Mark Rylance spoke about the diversity issue that has marred the Academy since nominations last month. "I think African-American actors are in a stronger position now thanks a lot to what Chris Rock has done tonight and what the activists who have been raising the issue around this awards ceremony have said."

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Tom McCarthy took the opportunity to talk about the importance of investigative journalism. "This film gave a voice to the survivors and the Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will resonate all the way to the Vatican..," producer Michael Sugar said in his acceptance speech."