The 87th Annual Academy Awards recap!
If you missed one of the most beloved award shows on Sunday, no need to be troubled. We recap the production to give you information on Actor of the year and the many unforgettable moments such as Lady Gaga’s magnificent performance, Common and John Legends ‘Glory’, Birdman winning best picture, the passionate speeches, as well as Neil Patrick Harris’ opening musical number that made up the 87th Academy Awards.
Top Ten Moments of the 87th Academy Awards
- Neil Patrick Harris’ opening Musical Number featuring Anna Kendrick and Jack Black (Who knew Black Jack still had it in him?) As entertaining as always, the Oscars give the host of the show the opportunity to bedazzle the audience with a ravishing musical number idolizing past Oscar nominees and winners, as well as the movies and actors/actress’ we will never forget. Can we say that Harris’ opening topped both Seth Macfarlane and Ellen DeGeneres? Oscars 2015 Opening Monologue
- Another touching moment from the fabulous night was the inspirational and emotional speech given by Graham Moore, who won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the screenplay writer of “The Imitation Game.” During his speech, Moore admitted to the audience that he attempted to kill himself once when he was 16 years old all because he felt that he did not belong. Seeing as though, he is a gay man, his speech touched the hearts of the audience and will be one of the most remembered.http://youtu.be/kN1SaF5LNGs
- John Legend and Commons performance of Glory from the movie ‘Selma.’ Those of you who have not seen the movie Selma, are strongly encouraged to witness beauty pulled into a motion picture. However, the performance delivered by both Common and Legend was so outstanding it brought not only a standing ovation, but also tears to multiple actors/actress’ in the audience.http://youtu.be/ZWE2Yb_jMZg
- And may we discuss Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute? Julie Andrews joined Lady Gaga on stage to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. Not only was the performance phenomenal, but who knew the ‘Bad Romance’ singer had a voice that announced that of a true goddess. Breathtaking performance.http://youtu.be/LqGGYJxVRFI
- Dakota Johnson and Melanie Griffith’s red carpet feud perhaps? The Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, had a quick interview on the red carpet alongside her mother Melanie Griffith. Griffith was asked if she has/would see her daughter’s record breaking film (seeing as though Fifty Shades is Dakota’s first major film) and she replied, “No. I don’t think I can, it would be strange.” Johnson, showing the demeanor of a furious teenager, came back adding, “All right! You don’t have to see it!” Her mother replied, “If she tells me to see it, I’ll see it”, only for Johnson to respond, “I tell you to see it and you’re like, ‘eh.'”
- The Lego Movie “Everything is Awesome” performance. Probably one of the cutest things to happen at an award show, performed by Tegan and Sara, the Lonely Island, Questlove, hordes of dancing construction workers, and one very awesome possum. During such a fun loving performance, they gave out Lego Oscars to Oprah, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and quite a few others.
- Patricia Arquette’s feminist speech. Upon receiving her first ever Oscar, the ‘Boyhood’ star held nothing back during her speech for Best Supporting Actress. Doing so, she received a joyful reaction from stars Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez to name a few. : “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 time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.http://youtu.be/L-EmDy3w1X8
- Birdman was the BIG winner of the night.
Viewers were apparently shocked that such a movie triumphed over the other nominees (The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, American Sniper, Boyhood) for Best Picture during the Oscars. Birdman is a 2014 American black-comedy drama film directed by Alejandro Gonzalez, who also won Best Director, that stars Michael Keaton, with a supporting cast of Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Viewers believe the “acting and directing” helped this film win over the other nominees rather than context and script being its high points.
- List of winners from last nightACTRESS
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”DIRECTOR
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Ida” (Poland)ANIMATED FEATURE
“Big Hero 6”CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”COSTUME DESIGN
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Milena CanoneroFILM EDITING
“Whiplash,” Tom CrossMAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Frances Hannon and Mark CoulierORIGINAL SCORE
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre DesplatORIGINAL SONG
“Glory” from “Selma,” music and lyrics by Common and John LegendPRODUCTION DESIGN
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Adam Stockhausen (production design), Anna Pinnock (set decoration)SOUND EDITING
“American Sniper,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub AsmanSOUND MIXING
“Whiplash,” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas CurleyVISUAL EFFECTS
“Interstellar,” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott FisherANIMATED SHORT FILM
“Feast”DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
“The Phone Call”
- Finally, let’s highlight some of the BEST looks that everyone absolutely fell head over heels for. Many actresses, Zoe Saldana to name one, came back looking just as beautiful as if she didn’t just drop two twin boys a month ago. Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchett, Rosamund Pike, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, David Oyelowo, Common, Lady Gaga, Viola Davis, Solange Knowles, and many others shut down the red carpet looking phenomenal.