So last night was the greatest time to be a star in the world of Hollywood as the film community celebrated the 87th Academy Awards. I went into the broadcast with moderately high expectations because of Neil Patrick Harris as host – have you seen his opening number at the 2013 Tony Awards? However, I knew that this ceremony was probably going to have many mentions about social issues, seeing as it was awarding the least diverse group of nominees since the late 1990s.
What I didn’t expect was for these moments calling for social justice to be some of my favorite occurrences of the night.
So, without further a due, here are my four favorite moments from the 2015 Oscars!
1. Patricia Arquette’s Acceptance Speech
Not only was she beautiful in Boyhood, Patricia used her moment in the spotlight to bring attention to an important cause. Based on Meryl Streep and JLo’s reactions alone, her speech has made so many of us women proud and passionate about our basic rights.
2. “Glory” Performance and Win
Two of the biggest snubs of this year’s awards were Selma star David Oyelowo and the film’s director Ava DuVernay. Selma‘s only nominations were for Best Song and Best Picture. John Legend and Common’s performance of “Glory” was understandably and rightfully passionate, emotional, and visually stunning. The message of both the song and the film are still so relevant to what is happening in today’s society, and these performers ensured that they would make this time in the spotlight count. The video does not include it, but the audience’s response was amazing. Tears streamed down Oyelowo’s face, and I think that the weight of this entire experience and the social message behind it all had truly sunk in for him at that moment. For the performance to affect me as strongly as it did, I can’t even imagine how witnessing it live must have felt.
3. Lady Gaga’s The Sound of Music Tribute and Julie Andrews’ Appearance
So I always knew Gaga could actually sing, but her theatrics often distract me from her singing ability. Speaking as a lifelong fan of The Sound of Music, I was so nervous about what she was going to do for this tribute. And I was stunned with the result. During her first few seconds of singing, she almost sounded exactly like Julie did in the film. Yet, her performance was also unique, as her voice is still distinctly different from Julie’s. I was trying not to cry from the beauty of it all when Queen of the Universe Julie Andrews decided to walk out onto the stage right after Gaga finished. That just about did it for me emotionally. Where were you when they decided to cast Carrie Underwood for the live show, Gaga?!
4. Eddie Redmayne’s Reaction to His Win
Eddie is just so adorable that I can’t help but love him. I loved how you could tell how genuinely excited and gracious he was about winning. I was actually expecting Michael Keaton to win the Best Actor Category, so this win was a pleasant surprise for me.
What about you? What were some of your favorite Oscar moments?