The 11 best quotes of the week are (almost) all about the Oscars

The 2016 Oscars dominate this week's round-up of the best arts quotes, starting with a couple of the biggest lines from Chris Rock's opening monologue.

Let's kick things off with Chris Rock's opening monologue...

The production team and cast of Spotlight celebrate the award for Best Picture on stage at the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON / AFP / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty)

The 2016 Oscars dominate this week's round-up of the best arts quotes, starting with a couple of the biggest lines from Chris Rock's opening monologue...

"Is Hollywood racist? You're damn right it's racist. But it's not the racism you know. Hollywood is sorority racist. It's like: 'We like you Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa.'"

Chris Rock explains Hollywood racism in one of the most memorable lines from his Oscar monologue.

"There weren't black nominees in the '60s — why didn't we protest then? Because we had more important things to protest about. We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer."

From the opening monologue, Chris Rock's take on the #OscarsSoWhite boycott.

"This Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic."

Louis C.K. presents his favourite award at the Oscars, best documentary short subject — "the one Academy Award that has the opportunity to change a life."

"This week the Pakistan prime minister said he will change the law on honour killing. That is the power of film."

Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy wins the Oscar for her short doc, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. The film follows the story of a teenage girl from Pakistan who survived an attempted "honour killing."

"It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species … Let us not take our planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted."

During his Oscars acceptance speech, Leonardo DiCaprio makes a statement about climate change.

"What a great opportunity for our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and this tribal thinking and to make sure for once and forever that the colour of our skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair."

The Revenant's Alejandro G. Inarritu wins his second Oscar for best director.

"I would also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha." 

Before leaving the podium at the 2016 BRIT Awards, Adele makes a stand for fellow pop star, Kesha.

"I am beyond words in gratitude. thank you is not enough but it is all I have. a million times over and forever thank you. the support I have received has left my face swollen from tears."

On Instagram, Kesha responds to the outpouring of public support following news that she was denied a preliminary injunction against her producer, Dr. Luke. The pop star has accused Dr. Luke of sexual assault and emotional abuse.

"For me it's almost impossible to mention Bowie's name in the past tense. Everything he represented as an artist is and will be vital and incredibly present."

Annie Lennox speaks as part of a tribute to David Bowie during the 2016 BRIT Awards.

"Without a doubt, there's a newfound obligation to — if you don't have to cast a white person, don't."

Alison Pill, star of the new TV drama The Family, talks to CBC Radio's q.

"I can see lots of legs."

What's it like to walk the Oscars red carpet? This was nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay's answer.

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