Best Actor, Best Picture, and Everything in Between

Last night’s 87th Academy Awards were filled with laughs, tears, and just about everything else. There were several jaw dropping musical performances, some amazing acceptance speeches, and as always, a bit of fun between presenting pairs.

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Let’s start with great news for deserving candidates. London native Eddie Redmayne took home the award of Best Actor for his portrayal of genius astronomer Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. In a heartfelt speech, Redmayne thanked his co-star Felicity Jones for being his “staggering partner in crime” and the film’s “ferocious but incredibly kind director James Marsh.” Joining Redmayne in the best actor/ actress winner’s circle was the incredible Julianne Moore. She won best actress for her role in Still Alice, a dark drama based off of the 2007 Lisa Genova novel of the same name. After several years of being nominated and not being able to bring home a win, this was certainly an exciting and well-deserved victory for the veteran actress.

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Nothing compares to Patricia Arquette’s win for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Boyhood. While most people take their opportunity to thank family and friends during their Oscar speeches, Arquette went in a different direction. She took her moment in the spotlight to urge women to fight for equal rights in the work place. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!” she said in front of Hollywood’s finest at the awards show. Her speech immediately began getting attention, especially from fellow actresses Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, who could be seen on the broadcast joyfully supporting Arquette.

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There were also several impressive musical moments in last night’s show. Lady Gaga impressed the crowd with her wonderful Sound of Music medley. The pop star hit every high note in celebration of the iconic films release just fifty years ago. The performance even had Dame Julie Andrews in tears, who then thanks Gaga for the great memories from making The Sounds of Music. John Legend and Common also gave a tear jerking performance of “Glory” from the film Selma. The song than later went on to win Best Original Song.

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The ceremony was not without its fair share of laughs. Not only was host Neil Patrick Harris perfectly on point all night, but there were even some presenters who took the job a step farther. Specifically, John Travolta had the crowd in stiches as he once again had an incredibly awkward Oscar moment. After forgetting Idina Menzel’s name one year earlier, the two took the stage together, where Travolta did remember the Frozen singers name, but touched her face just a bit too much. It seems that as each year goes by, he will try to outdo his own awkwardness.

The 87th Academy Awards were easily one of the best ceremonies of all time. There were laughs, tears, and incredible amounts of emotion. It certainly held its own after last year’s host Ellen DeGeneres raised the bar. Looks like next year’s host has quite a bit of competition!

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