Award season has just ended and movie lovers are reflecting on the 87th Annual Academy Awards held Sunday night in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. With Boyhood and Birdman winning big, and Neil Patrick Harris killing it as host, it might be difficult to recall every favorite moment of the night. Luckily, we’ve listed some of the best...
1. Patricia Arquette for Wage Equality
Patricia Arquette, who was expected to win the Best Supporting Actress award for her work in Boyhood, was well prepared with an emotional speech. After thanking her family, friends, etc., the actress went on to voice her hopes for wage equality among women. Arquette said, "To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody’s else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America." And Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez agreed with every word.
2. John Legend and Common Bring Tears to the Audience
"Glory," the anthem of Selma which won the Oscar for Best Original Song, was performed by John Legend and Common and received an emotional response from the Oscar crowd. Both artists were reportedly nervous for the performance, but knocked it out of the start-studded park! Stars including David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, and Chris Pine were seen crying in the audience while the song played.
3. Neil Patrick Harris' On-Stage Package
Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar predictions weren’t the only precious cargo he brought with him Sunday night. The host paid homage to Best Picture winner Birdman when he was scurrying around backstage with only his underwear on. Like Keaton, Harris was jokingly flustered and anxious before walking by drummer and star of Whiplash, Miles Teller. Harris snapped at him like Simmons and screamed, "That’s not my tempo!"
4. Lady Gaga Sings Sound of Music
Recently engaged Lady Gaga belted out her best vocals for the Julie Andrews tribute. Momma Monster sang ballads from The Sound of Music, and not only did she bring the crowd to a standing ovation, Julie Andrews herself appeared on stage after the performance where she told Gaga how touched she was.
5. Terrence Howard Chokes Up
Terrence Howard became surprisingly emotional when showcasing the Best Picture nominees of the night. Before introducing The Imitation Game and Selma, Howard trembled when saying, “Our next film… our next film is amazing, I’m blown away right now myself.” Howard then spoke of The Imitation Game and Alan Turing who was prosecuted for being gay.
6. Name Flubs
Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t quite perfect, but he was close. The charming actor stumbled over some difficult names including David Oyelowo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Margot Robbie.
7. Name Flubs Pt. 2
Speaking of name flubs, John Travolta returned to the Oscars stage with Idina Menzel! Menzel introduced her friend John Travolta jokingly and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage my dear friend, Glom Gazingo.” Travolta replied, “I deserve that.”
Before the show even began, the 50 Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson, and mom Melanie Griffith stepped onto the red carpet together again. Things got super awkward though when Lara Spencer from ABC brought up the classic question to Griffith, “Are you going to see the film?” When Griffith suggested that she would probably take a pass, her daughter did a classic "Wow, mom" reaction.