2015 Academy Awards Winners And Memorable Moments

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The 2015 Oscars have come and gone, and like most years there were some surprises, and some memorable moments.  Mostly though, the Academy Awards weren’t as good as previous years.  Those who tuned in to the show, probably will have a hard time picking out what they really liked or what they really disliked.  We take a look back at the highlights of the 2015 Oscars.

The Winners:  Birdman had its night, knocking off Boyhood which had been the favourite as little as a month ago. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu took home the best director award as well, leaving no doubt which movie The Academy truly thought was the best.  The big surprise of the evening came when Eddie Redmayne took home the Best Actor Award for his work in the Theory of Everything.  Michael Keaton had been the favourite for his portrayal of a washed up actor trying to make a comeback on Broadway, but had recently been losing ground.  Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice, Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood, and J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash.  All three had been expected to win.

The Host:  Neil Patrick Harris was all right as the host, but not very memorable.  His opening song and dance number was fun, but need a little more edge to it.  He kicked off the show with a joke about the Academy’s lack of diversity by saying they were there to recognize the “best and whitest—I mean brightest,” but didn’t really try pushing the boundaries after that.  He deserves a second shot, after all he did such a great job hosting past awards shows, but  he probably won’t get one.  Even though the ratings have yet to be released, they are probably down from last year.

Best Speech: When Patricia Arquette won she stated that “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” It was a short speech, but to the point, and really couldn’t have come at a better time. J.K. Simmons’ request for people to call their mother was a close second.

The Weird:  Without a doubt John Travolta took home the weird /creepy award for the night.  From the awkward kiss he gave Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet, to pawing Idina Menzel on the face while saying her name on stage, Travolta couldn’t get any creepier. Perhaps he was trying to make up for last year when he couldn’t pronounce her name, but even so, he went about it the wrong way.

The Offensive:  When Sean Penn opened the envelope and saw Alejandro González Iñárritu’s name on it, he quipped “Who gave this son of a bitch a green card?”  Sure it was meant to be a joke, but fans on Twitter took it as racist and not at all appropriate.  At least Alejandro wasn’t offended by it.

The Best:  Really no one could have seen this coming.  Lady Gaga channeled Julie Andrews for The Sound of Music medley and it was simply amazing.  When Julie Andrews took to the stage to hug her afterwards, it made the night that much more special.  Usually Gaga would be memorable for other reason, but this night it was all about her voice.

Photo:  Mark Suban / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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