A lot of respect was given last night at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday, February 28th.

From 51-year-old Chris Rock “opening [a] monologue to the controversy over the lack of black nominees,” according to the New York Times to 29-year-old Lady Gaga’s song, “Til It Happens to You,” a musical note regarding rape, to 41-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio winning his first Oscar, to an honoring dedication from 23-year-old Sam Smith, there was surely a sense of hope for humanity for our world.

Sam Smith

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Smith and English songwriter Jimmy Napes, 32, won the Oscar for “Best Original Song” for “Writing’s on the Wall.” Smith and Napes accepted the award and Smith dedicated the award to the LGBT community who according to US Weekly said:

“I actually can’t breathe right now. Oh, my God. Thank you to this man right here, Jimmy Napes. To all the nominees, you’re incredible. Gaga, you’re incredible. I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar. If this is the case, even if it isn’t the case, I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day. Thank you so much.”

Change takes time to embellish. So much was said (through speeches and music) at the 88th Academy Awards last night. Let’s hope we see things truly improve!

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