The Academy Awards aired last night and once again they were hosted by the amazing Neil Patrick Harris. With so many awards and amazing performances, and even more stand-out moments from the amazing nominees and award winners that are sure to make it a night people will remember.
Reese Witherspoon took to the red carpet and talked about the #AskHerMore campaign in which actresses call out the gender inequality. In an interview, Witherspoon said, “This is a movement to say we’re more than just our dresses. There are 44 nominees this year that are women and we are so happy to be here and talk about the work that we’ve done. It’s hard being a woman in Hollywood, or any industry.” Lena Dunham, Shonda Rhimes, and many others took to Twitter to show their support.
Inside the building, Neil Patrick Harris took to the stage and called out the lack of racial diversity among the nominees.
Patricia Arquette, who won for her role in Boyhood, ended her acceptance speech with a call for women to receive equal pay and equal rights: “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation: we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Truly a stand-out moment that rings so true in our time.
Another moment that rings true comes from John Legend and Common’s speech after their amazing performance of “Glory” from the film, Selma.
“Selma is now. Because the struggle for justice is right now…we know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real…there are more black men under incarceration today then there were slaves.” The truth behind these words is harsh and something that needed to be said. Looking at all that has been happening, the significance of these words cannot go unheard or be ignored.
Neil Patrick Harris showed how “difficult” it is to correct one’s self when you mispronounce someone’s name. The actor mispronounced Chiwetel Ejiofor name and then you know what he did? He took a moment and corrected himself. I know, the scandal! It’s that easy people. Stop mispronouncing actors and actresses names just because you can’t be bothered to learn how to pronounce it.
Lady Gaga gave a stunning Sound of Music performance that ended with Julie Andrews coming out on the stage.
It was truly amazing and seeing Julie Andrews there was wonderful. That hug at the end between the Queen of Pop and the Queen of Genovia was something that many people excited and absolutely loving it.
And finally, though there were so many more moments I could talk about, Graham Moore’s acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay of The Imitation Game, Moore spoke about how hard he had it growing up and ended by saying to “stay weird and stay different.” Like the speech givers before him, these were words that so many people watching needed to hear.
The 87th Annual Academy Awards were truly a marvel. Despite the lack of racial diversity, those who did win and stood on that stage made sure no one was forgotten.
Here are the winners of the 87th Academy Awards:
Best Film Editing: Whiplash – Tom Cross
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott Fisher
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Best Cinematography: Birdman or (THe Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley
Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
Best Original Song: “Glory” from Selma – John Legend and Common
Best Live Action Short Film: The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Best Animated Short Film: Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Best Documentary – Feature: Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutsky
Best Documentary – Short Subject: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Best Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams, and ROy COnli
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida (Poland) in Polish – Pawel Pawlikoweski
Best Original Screenplay: Birdman or (The Unexpectedn Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game – Graham Moore from Alan Turning: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans
Best Directing: Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking
Best Actress: Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland
Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole
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