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The Oscars proved to be another glamorous evening with beautiful dresses, an energetic Neil Patrick Harris, phenomenal performances, and more importantly, amazing speeches that held important messages. Here are some of the best acceptance speeches of the night that had the audience cheering for more!


Patricia Arquette

Best Supporting Actress - Boyhood

Arquette took the stage with emotion in her voice as she read through her written list of those to thank, which included family, friends, agents, Richard Linklater (Boyhood director), the cast and crew, and those she has worked with to aid developing countries along with give.org. Before she wrapped up her words, she gave thanks to "every woman who gave birth to every tax payer and citizen of the nation."

"We fought for everybody 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."

The Dolby Theater was filled with resounding applause and shouts approval as the camera panned throughout the audience showing an ecstatic Meryl Streep and wide smile from Arquette co-star, Ethan Hawke. This was Arquette's first Oscar and what a memorable moment it was!


J.K. Simmons

Best Supporting Actor -Whiplash

Simmons kept a heart-warming smile on everyone's face as he thanked his wife and children, joking throughout. As many are used to laughing along with Simmons and his witty dialogue, he had the room's attention when he said, "Call your mothers. Everyone."

"Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell them you love them, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you."

With a round of applause, he thanked his own mother and father and exited with a big grin. The night was on track for meaningful messages.


Common and John Legend

Best Original Song - "Glory", Selma

After an emotional performance that brought the audience to tears, Common and John Legend took the stage again to accept their award. With the power of Dr. Martin Luther King that inspired Selma and their song "Glory," the speech reflected a call to action for injustice that still exists in this time.

"Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now." John Legend went onto say that, "When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on. God bless you."

Common went on to speak about what the bridge that Dr. King marched on in Selma meant as a symbol to him, and what it still means.

"The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status," he said. "This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings."


Graham Moore

Best Adapted Screenplay - The Imitation Game

Graham Moore won his first Oscar and felt it was unfair that he got to stand in front of a crowd for recognition and Alan Turing (the cryptanalyst The Imitation Game is based on) never did. Instead he was prosecuted for homosexuality and ended up committing suicide at the age of 41. Moore took his moment and dedicated it to suicide prevention and comforting those who do not feel like they are understood.

"When I was 16 I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong. And now I'm 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 and doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along."


Eddie Redmayne

Best Actor - The Theory of Everything

Redmayne went forward to accept his award with such glee and shock, so much so that he had to pause and say "wow" while on stage. He humbly thanked the Academy and went on to dedicate the award to those with the disease that he learned so much about and even embodied as he portrayed Stephen Hawking.

"This belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family, Stephen, Jane, Jonathan, and the Hawking children."

With buzzing excitement, he thanked his co-star and "partner in crime" Felicity Jones, everyone involved with the film, and his wife who he told they will have a "new little fellow living with us in the apartment."

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