So what do you say about the 87th Annual Academy Awards and its list of nominated films that most people aren’t going to watch until they come out on Netflix (Foxcatcher and Whiplash you’ll be in my queue soon enough)? Or how do you recap a show in which all of its take away moments are instantly shared and talked about on social media? I’m truthfully not sure. But lets give it a try.
This year’s Oscars was fun, surprisingly relaxed, and cheerfully heart warming. It also featured Neil Patrick Harris in his underwear. So yeah, there’s that.
The 87th Annual Academy Awards started with a memorable ode to movies with a song-and-dance number from host Neil Patrick Harris with help from Jack Black and Anna Kendrick. It’s a shame NPH was not as magical for the rest of the ceremonies. Jokes like “Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest…sorry brightest” fell flat and borderline offended. Still, because he was NPH, he was charming and likeable throughout.
The first award of the evening went to J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting actor in Whiplash. He reminded us that we should all call our parents.
The Grand Budapest Hotel scored in key technical categories, earning a leading four Oscars for Costume Design, Production Design, Score and for Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.
Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski for best Foreign film. The director really won for out talking the band play-off.
Things got weird when the Lonely Island teamed up with Tegan & Sara for a super-bizarre, Lego-themed musical number. If you didn’t catch it, that was Will Arnett as Batman.
Emma Stone gracefully accepted her LEGO Oscar.
Patricia Arquette won best Supporting Actress for Boyhood. Even better? Her feminist Oscars speech, in which she shouted out for equal pay and rights for women. Girl power was being felt tonight.
Big Hero 6 then took home the trophy for Animated Featured Film. No argument or surprise there.
Idina Menzel got her revenge on John Travolta from mispronouncing her name at last years Oscars. It was followed by very uncomfortable chin grabbing from Travolta. I couldn’t help but notice how plastic Travolta’s face was looking. He’s like an animatronic from Disney World.
The Academy then paid tribute to all of those stars who we’ve lost including Robin Williams and Mike Nichols, while Jennifer Hudson serenaded the crowd with a song from Smash. I was not prepared for these feels.
Common and John Legend gave a performance and speech that moved the audience to tears. Not even Chris Pine could hold back the water works.
Lady Gaga came out to sign an unexpected rendition of The Sound of Music. While a stunning medley, it was about as random as that trumpet tattoo on her arm.
Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game. And he took the opportunity during his speech to offer some deeply touching words about the significance of being different. I tip my hat off to him. I tried normal once and I didn’t like it. Weird is great. Weird is wonderful.
After a short commercial break, Iñárritu went home with yet another trophy after he was named Best Director for Birdman.
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Then, without any time wasted, Eddie Redmayne accepted the honor of Best Actor for The Theory of Everything. You could say his acceptance more adorable than you would expect from a British man.
Julianne Moore was then given one of the evening’s last awards, when she was Oscar for Best Actress for her groundbreaking performance in Still Alice.
And then, last but in no way least, Birdman was named Best Picture at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Birdman rocked the Oscars and so did its thank you speeches!