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Best Moments from the 87th Academy Awards #Oscars2015


The 87th Academy Award show last night was a pleasant reminder of the reasons why art prevails in the eyes of social justice. Host Neil Patrick Harris’ racial jokes aside, the night was filled with individuals in the performing arts sectors that really care about seeing social change in the United States. From Patricia Arquette’s speech on wage equality to the tears streaming down David Oyelowo and Chris Pine’s faces after Selma‘s Original Song Oscar win, the award show was definitely one to remember.

We all knew Neil Patrick Harris would be hilarious. Here are some of the night’s best moments:

1. Neil Patrick Harris’ opening. More to follow.
2. Benedict Cumberbatch takes a swing from a flask less than a minute and thirty seconds into the show. He was in for a long night.

3. Jack Black’s rant interruption. So good. So. Good.

4. Neil Patrick Harris pretended Steve Carell was a seat filler. Yeah, right.
5. Oprah, Steve Carell and Channing Tatum get Lego Oscars during Tegan and Sarah’s performance.
6. Neil Patrick Harris made fun of Dana Perry’s dress. And rightfully so.

7. Neil Patrick Harris went out on stage in his underwear. So not fair, man.

8. Anna Kendrick and Kevin Hart are both short. And the Academy’s prompter made them make fun of their own selves as “animated and short.”
9. Neil Patrick Harris takes a moment to note that the subject of Citizen Four (Edward Snowden) “couldn’t be here for some reason.”
10. That awkward moment when Octavia Spencer was replaced by a seat filler. And, therefore, wasn’t looking after Neil Patrick Harris’ predictions briefcase.
11. Neil Patrick Harris assumes that Benedict Cumberbatch is the name you get when you ask John Travolta to pronounce Ben Affleck. Did John Travolta tell you that, NPH?
12. According to Neil Patrick Harris, Gone Girl was originally titled B*tches Be Trippin.
13. Alejandro Inarritu confessed that he was wearing Michael Keaton’s tighty whities during his Best Director acceptance speech.
14. Eddie Redmayne’s acceptance speech. He started flipping out over the Oscar and then promised to look after it. Literally. As if it were a real person with needs…
15. Julianne Moore might live 5 years longer because she won an Oscar. Or at least that’s what an article she read told her. And she’s thanking the Academy because her husband is younger than her.
16. Sean Penn asked who gave Alejandro Inarritu a green card when Birdman won Best Picture. How rude!

Best Performance: Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute. She should definitely be cast in a remake.

Here’s the full winner’s list. Happy Oscar Monday!

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
  • Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
  • Edward Norton, “Birdman”
  • Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
  • J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” WINNER

Costume Design:

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
  • “Inherent Vice”
  • “Into the Woods”
  • “Maleficent”
  • “Mr. Turner”

Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • “Foxcatcher”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Foreign Language Film:

  • “Ida,” Poland WINNER
  • “Leviathan,” Russia
  • “Tangerines,” Estonia
  • “Timbuktu,” Mauritania
  • “Wild Tales,” Argentina

Live Action Short Film

  • “Aya”
  • “Boogaloo and Graham”
  • “Butter Lamp”
  • “Parvaneh”
  • “The Phone Call” WINNER

Documentary Short Subject

  • “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” WINNER
  • “Joanna”
  • “Our Curse”
  • “The Reaper (La Parka)”
  • “White Earth”

Sound Mixing

  • “American Sniper”
  • “Birdman”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Unbroken”
  • “Whiplash” WINNER

Sound Editing

  • “American Sniper” WINNER
  • “Birdman”
  • “The Hobbitt: The Battle of the Five Armies”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Unbroken”

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” WINNER
  • Laura Dern, “Wild”
  • Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone, “Birdman”
  • Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Visual Effects

  • “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
  • “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  • “Interstellar” WINNER
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Animated Short Film

  • “The Bigger Picture”
  • “The Dam Keeper”
  • “Feast” WINNER
  • “Me and My Moulton”
  • “A Single Life”

Animated Feature Film

  • “Big Hero 6” WINNER
  • “The Boxtrolls”
  • “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
  • “Song of the Sea”
  • “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Production Design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Into the Woods”
  • “Mr. Turner”


  • “Birdman” WINNER
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “Ida”
  • “Mr. Turner”
  • “Unbroken”

Film Editing

  • “American Sniper”
  • “Boyhood”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Whiplash” WINNER

Documentary Feature

  • “Citizenfour” WINNER
  • “Finding Vivian Maier”
  • “Last Days in Vietnam”
  • “The Salt of the Earth”
  • “Virunga”

Original Song

  • “Everything Is Awesome,” “The Lego Movie”
  • “Glory,” “Selma” WINNER
  • “Grateful, “Beyond the Lights”
  • “I”m Not Gonna Miss You,” “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
  • “Lost Stars,” “Begin Again”

Original Score

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Mr. Turner”
  • “The Theory of Everything”

Original Screenplay

  • “Birdman” WINNER
  • “Boyhood”
  • “Foxcatcher”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “Nightcrawler”

Adapted Screenplay

  • “American Sniper”
  • “The Imitation Game” WINNER
  • “Inherent Vice”
  • “The Theory of Everything”
  • “Whiplash”


  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” WINNER
  • Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
  • Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
  • Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
  • Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
  • Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
  • Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” WINNER

Best Actress

  • Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
  • Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
  • Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” WINNER
  • Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
  • Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Picture

  • “American Sniper”
  • “Birdman” WINNER
  • “Boyhood”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Selma”
  • “The Theory of Everything”
  • “Whiplash”

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