Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by Germain Lussier
The instant the 87th Annual Academy Awards ended, the dissection began. What was good? What was bad? Was anything offensive? How about inspirational? This year’s event, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, had all of that and more. Let’s not delay, below you can see the best and worst 2015 Oscar moments.
The Best of the 2015 Academy Awards
Best Original Song Performance – Everything is Awesome by Tegan and Sara, The Lonely Island and others
Everyone loves The Lego Movie and despite the film not getting nominated for Best Animated Feature (a fact host Neil Patrick Harris joked about) we had this performance which was incredibly energetic, colorful and filled with surprises. Among those were Lego Oscars for lucky celebrities in the front row, Questlove and Will Arnett dressed as his Lego Batman character. Side note, director Chris Miller said the suit Arnett wore was Val Kilmer’s from Batman Forever.
The Opening featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick and Jack Black
The opening of the Oscars is always the biggest moment for the host and Harris did a great job here. A fun song and dance number that used a ton of special effects placing him in famous movies throughout history. Plus, cameos from a lot of fun movies you’d never expect at the Oscars. Bonus points for Anna Kendrick reprising her Into the Woods character and Jack Black’s jabs at the Hollywood machine.
Patricia Arquette’s Acceptance Speech for Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette winning Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood wasn’t a surprise. The actress using her time to advocate for wage equality for women was. It was one of those politically charged moments that, no matter what you think of it, is incredibly memorable. Bonus points for the Meryl Streep reaction at the end.
Neil Patrick Harris’ Birdman Spoof
When you’re watching the Oscars, you expect to see ball gowns and tuxedos. Not the host in a pair of tighty-whities. But Neil Patrick Harris went for it, spoofing one of the big moments in Birdman. A “Wow” moment simply because it was so unexpected.
Best Original Song Performance – Glory by John Legend and Common
Two titans of R&B took to the stage to performance the incredibly powerful song that not only sounded great, it looked incredible. A replica of the Edmund Pettus Bridge was erected and a multi-racial chorus played the marchers. It was a super emotional performance that elicited tears not only from Selma star David Oyelowo, but Captain Kirk himself, Chris Pine.
Common and John Legend’s Best Original Song Acceptance Speech
After that above performance, Glory won the Oscar for Best Original Song. It was certainly the crowd favorite and Common and John Legend took the opportunity to speak on behalf the film, which many felt was snubbed in some categories. It was another of those politically charged moments that gave you chills.
Graham Moore’s Best Adapted Screenplay Acceptance Speech
In probably the most inspiring moment of the evening, Graham Moore accepted his award for The Imitation Game and admitted he once wanted to kill himself. However, he struggled through it, was now accepting an Oscar and told everyone out in the world that they can do the same.