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The 87th Academy Awards went the same way as they went all those years before, just phenomenally.Human rights speeches, obligatory tears and outbursts of happiness combined with excellent hosts and presenters were very engaging.
And we didn’t event mention the amazing gowns. Perhaps because they were not all amazing, but that’s good too, it gives us something to comment.
Here are the top memorable moments. Videos included.
We were all stunned by how Neil Patrick Harris wowed with an opening number, with young actress Anna Kendrick and Jack Black join him onstage for “Moving Pictures,” a montage to movies like “Back to the Future” and “Singin’,” written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Neil Patrick Harris continued to fascinate the viewers with it’s hilarious rendition of the popular movie “Birdman”.
Then, there were numerous passionate speeches. From J.K. Simmons to Patricia Arquette, the speeches were all very touching. Simmons won the first award for Best Supporting Actor, thanking his beautiful wife Michelle Schumacher.
“I am grateful every day for the most remarkable person I know, my wife. I am grateful for you love, your kindness, your wisdom, your sacrifice, your patience.”
Then he continued speaking to all the daughters and sons around the world.
“Call your mom, call you dad. If you are lucky enough to have a mother or father on this planet don’t text, call them.”
Patricia Arquette gave an emotional speech about women’s rights and equality.
“We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and women’s right for everyone in America.”
Dana Perry gave a speech about suicide following her win for Documentary Short Subject.
“I lost my son. He was 15 when he killed himself and since that happened, what I said I think I said something like, we need to talk about suicide out loud to try to work against the stigma and silence around suicide because the best prevention for suicide is awareness and discussion and not trying sweep it under the rug.”
Common and John Legend performed “Glory” from “Selma,” which left many in the audience in tears, including Chris Pine and David Oyelowo. The song won for Best Original Song. Common said Selma is a symbol of change.
“Recently John and I got to go to Selma and perform on the bridge that Dr. King marched on 50 years ago. … It was once a landmark of a divided nation, now a symbol for change. … The spirit of this bridge was built on hope.”
Lady Gaga surprised everyone as she sang songs from “The Sound of Music,: which made Julie Andrews very emotional and proud.
“Dear Lady Gaga, thank you for that wonderful tribute. It’s hard to believe 50 years have gone by since that joyous film was released. I blinked and here I am.”