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The highly-anticipated 87th annual Oscars are a wrap and here are some of the best moments from the show:
Alejandro G. Inarritu‘s brilliant dark comedy Birdman received the Academy’s highest recognition on Sunday, the prestigious Academy Award for Best Picture. The movie won four Oscars in nine nominations, including Best Director, the second win in a row in that category for the acclaimed Mexican filmmaker.
As some of you might have expected, Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for his outstanding portrayal of worldwide famous physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and Julianne Moore took home the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of a middle-aged woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in Still Alice.
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel also won four awards, while Richard Linklater’s Boyhood won only one Oscar out of its six nominations. Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for her role as a single mom in Boyhood and delivered one of the most passionate acceptance speeches in the history of the show. She spoke about women’s rights and equality in America and everyone in the audience, Meryl Streep included, stood up and applauded.
“We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and women’s right for everyone in America.”
J.K. Simmons won the Best Supporting Actor for his role in Whiplash, thanking his wife Michelle Schumacher and addressing his children and all sons and daughters around the globe to give their parents a call.
“I am grateful every day for the most remarkable person I know, my wife. I am grateful for you love, your kindness, your wisdom, your sacrifice, your patience.”
Another memorable moment included Common and John Legend’s performance of Glory from Selma, which left many in the audience in tears. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
“Recently John and I got to go to Selma and perform on the bridge that Dr. King marched on 50 years ago. … It was once a landmark of a divided nation, now a symbol for change. … The spirit of this bridge was built on hope.”
Lady Gaga was also astonishing as she sang songs from The Sound of Music and Neil Patrick Harris, the show’s host, was the star of the ceremony as he wowed everyone with his jokes, announcements and antics.
The most awkward moment of the night goes to John Travolta who touched Idina Menzel’s face a bit too much, forcing Harris to comment on his strange behavior.
“Travolta will be back next year apologizing to Menzel again for all the face touching.”