If you were on Twitter last night, you probably noticed there were very mixed reviews over the Oscars. There’s people who are outraged that ‘Boyhood’ didn’t win best picture and other people who were disappointed with Neil Patrick Harris’ performance hosting.
For me, I was expecting more from Neil. I loved him as Barney and I didn’t see much of Barney on stage.
I did like the overall theme of the evening and it started right from the beginning when Neil said “best and whitest, I mean brightest.”
There was a very political theme for the evening of tolerance. And those jokes just kept coming. When Alejandro G. Iñárritu won for best director, Sean Penn said, “Who gave this son of a b—- his green card?”
Alejandro gave a great speech dedicated to fellow Mexicans.
He said: “I pray that we can find and build a government that we deserve, and the ones that live in this country, who are a part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.”
The ‘Birdman’ director wasn’t the only one that took the opportunity to shed light on important issues.
When Patricia Arquette accepted her award for best supporting actress, she took the opportunity to thank a lot of people and take a stand for women everywhere.
“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” Patricia said.
Her speech created a big reaction from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez. Meryl got out of her seat and J.Lo was screaming.
The best part of the entire award ceremony was when John Legend and Common performed ‘Glory’. It was so moving and brought tears to David Oyelowo and Chris Pine’s eyes. The performance also inspired a standing ovation.
Most people agree that ‘Selma’ should have been nominated for more awards. It feels like John and Common decided to do the film justice by putting on an incredible performance. It wasn’t just their passion for the song that made it so great, when the marchers came on stage it really made a big impact.
The only thing that could make the performance better was ‘Glory’ winning best song, and it did just that.
Winning gave John the opportunity to speak about the importance of ‘Selma’.
“‘Selma’ is now because the struggle for justice is now,” John said.
The important speeches were carried on through out the ceremony.
For one I was very happy that ‘The Imitation Game’ got honored with something. The film won for best adapted screenplay.
Graham Moore confessed during his acceptance speech that he tried to kill himself when he was 16 years old.
“I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I am standing here,” he said.
“I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do,” he added.
Alan Turing helped end the war and he created the first computer. He had a huge impact on this world and it’s horrible how he was awarded for that. It was important that the film get honored in some way and this was probably one of the best ways it could be celebrated. Between the film and Graham’s powerful acceptance speech, the impact has been made.
There were a lot of important movies nominated this year that shed light and awareness on certain topics.
Julianne Moore accepted her award for best actress with saying: “I’m so happy, thrilled actually, that we were able to hopefully shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease.”
“People with Alzheimer’s deserve to been seen so that we can find a cure,” she added.
Eddy Redmayne won best actor for his protryal of Stephen Hawking. He dedicated his award to people fighting ALS and the Hawking family.
After all the great speeches, hopefully people are talking about more than just who won Sunday night. Hopefully these talented actors and film makers have got the conversations started on these important issues.
Here are all the winners from the The 87th Academy Awards.
Also, here’s John and Common’s performance of ‘Glory’: