The Oscars: A Recap

The Oscars: A Recap

Written by Rachel Yen

The most prestigious event that all of Hollywood has been working towards (and all award show fanatics have been looking forward too) finally happened last night. Yes, last night was the 87th Academy Awards, or the Oscars if you prefer. The show is always entertaining, but there were no surprises this year. Many news outlets and blogs pretty much predicted the winners. Neil Patrick Harris entertained with his opening musical number featuring the lovely Anna Kendrick. Although Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t Ellen-level entertainment (she hosted last year), he kept the show going and managed to get laughs from the audience and viewers alike.

I found that the musical numbers and acceptance speeches were the highlight of this year’s Oscars. The performance of “Glory” from the movie Selma had every celebrity in tears, especially the stars of Selma. Lady Gaga absolutely amazed the audience with her tribute to The Sound of Music. Her performance showed everyone how truly versatile she is as a singer. Graham Moore, who won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, by far had the most inspiring speech, talking about his experience with being different (and how he almost committed suicide because of it), and that we should all embrace it, because one day it’ll be your turn to be rewarded for doing something great. Patricia Arquette also used her acceptance speech to bring awareness to the need for wage equality, which created the most gif-able moment of Meryl Streep. Even if the show itself wasn’t as entertaining as it has been in past years, the Oscars this year was surprisingly modest in the sense that it focused not only on winners, but bringing awareness to the important issues in this world.

 

Here’s a list of winners from some of the categories. For the full list, click here.

Best Picture: Birdman

Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu- Birdman

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything

Best Actress: Julianne Moore- Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons- Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette- Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo- Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore- The Imitation Game