#Oscars 2015 was a grand event (did you expect any less?) with its highs and lows. Yes, there were lows, like Neil Patrick Harris’s half-hearted hosting of the show. But more on that later. Here are some of the standing ovations from the fanciest evening of the year.
The Good Looking Men
Sean Penn may have angered many with his ‘green card’ remark about Alejandro González Iñárritu, but, boy did he manage to look his best while giving away the award for Best Picture to Birdman. Last year’s Best Actor recipient, Matthew McConaughey was back on stage as a presenter this year. His well-kept beard and ’stache definitely made him stand out in the madding crowd. Another one to impress us was Oscar nominee and MW favourite, Benedict Cumberbatch, who sat in the audience and charmed us with his blink-and-you-miss-it hip-flask move.
Let’s Get Political
Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech was inspirational to say the least. “…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!” said the fiery Arquette, who accepted the Best Supporting Actor (Female) Award for Boyhood. That’s the kind of meaningful feminism we like.
Oh, The Glory
John Legend and Common’s performance of their brilliantly composed (and nominated) Original Song, Glory, from the movie Selma, brought tears to many. “Now the war is not over, victory isn’t won but we’ll fight on to the finish, and when it’s all done. We’ll cry glory, oh glory” sang Legend. On winning the Oscar, he mentioned, “…We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than there were in slavery in 1850.” Now that’s ruffling feathers on a whole new level, Legend.
Birdman Soars High
After winning the Best Director award for Birdman, in what seemed like the toughest competition this year, Alejandro Inarritu touched hearts with his brutally honest speech. The movie captures the life of a fading star and was shot in (what seemed like) a single take. Alejandro had fierce competitors, such as Richard Linklater for Boyhood and Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Emerging the winner, he said, “Our work only will be judged, as always, by time.”
For all who felt weird and lonely at some point in their lives, Graham Moore’s speech was meant for you. “Stay weird. Stay different…” he said, after accepting the Best Adapted Screenplay Award for The Imitation Game. Moore also revealed his troubled childhood and socially awkward teenage years that had unfortunately led to suicidal tendencies.
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