This past Sunday, the biggest movie stars made their way to Hollywood for the Oscars 2015. Neil Patrick Harris hosted the festivities as the nominated films of 2014 took center stage. Here are our favorite moments!
1. “Birdman” cleans up and leaves the 12 year production, “Boyhood” with only one win.
Despite a rocky start to awards season, “Birdman” won the academy over as the film won the top prize of the night, Best Picture. In total, the film walked away with four Oscars, including Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu. “Birdman” beat out one of the top contenders that topped the most “Best of 2014” lists this past year, “Boyhood.” However, Patricia Arquette ended up taking home and Oscar for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role as the main character’s mother in “Boyhood”.
2. Political statements in acceptance speeches
Many winners decided that acceptance speeches are the perfect time to share their political beliefs with the world. Patirica Arquette, winner of Best Supporting Actress for “Boyhood,” shared her thoughts about wage equality for women. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and women’s right for everyone in America,” said Arquette. Graham Moore, winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game,” stressed the importance of suicide awareness as well as LGBT rights. “Stay weird. Stay different,” said Moore. Other topics brought up throughout the night were veteran suicide as well immigration rights, which sparked controversy when Sean Penn made a green card joke in reference to his friend, Alejandro González Iñárritu. Right before he announced the final award of the night he opened the envelope and said “Who gave this son of a bitch his greencard?”
3. John Legend and Lady Gaga brought down the house!
The strongest musical moments of the night occurred in the form of two musical numbers by the team of John Legend and Common as well as a solo performance by Lady Gaga. John Legend and Common performed their Oscar winning song “Glory,” from the powerful film “Selma,” the story of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The inspirational performance was given a standing ovation and left some members of the crowd in tears, including the film’s star, David Oyelowo. The other performance of the night that had the Internet buzzing was Lady GaGa. Gaga sang a medley from “The Sound of Music” to celebrate the film’s 50-year anniversary. The original star of the film, Julie Andrews, came on to the stage shortly afterwards and thanked Lady Gaga for the performance.
4. Neil Patrick Harris is hilarious
Neil Patrick Harris has been called “the awards show guy” after having previously hosted the Tony Awards and the Primetime Emmys. The opening number “Moving Pictures,” was a strong start to the show for Harris as it included cameos from Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. His ode to “Birdman” by wearing white underwear onstage was comical, reenacting the actual scene from the movie leaving everyone laughing.
Until next year, Oscar’s!