5. Patricia Arquette Stands Up for Women Everywhere
After winning the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette shifted the focus of the evening toward women’s rights. Calling for true gender equality, her acceptance speech gained the enthusiastic approval of fellow nominee, Meryl Streep.
4. Selma’s David Oyelowo is Moved to Tears by Performance of “Glory”
John Legend and Common’s moving performance of their original song from Selma had many audience members in tears, including Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine and especially, Oyelowo who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the film.
3. The Imitation Game Writer, Graham Moore, Opens About Suicide Attempt
In an emotional acceptance speech, Graham Moore revealed that at 16, he attempted suicide as a result of feeling like he did not belong. He used his story to inspire those who see themselves as misfits to “stay weird” and “stay different.”
2. Lady Gaga Shocks the World with Her Stunning Tribute to The Sound of Music
Lady Gaga took a surprisingly classical approach to her Sound of Music tribute, wowing not only the crowd, but Julie Andrews herself. It’s worth a second listen.
1. John Legend and Common Fuel the Movement for Social Justice
As if their incredibly powerful performance of “Glory” wasn’t enough, John Legend and Common then proceeded to deliver the most inspirational speech of the night. After receiving the Oscar for Best Original Song, the duo demanded Americans take action against racial injustice. An outpour of praise has been sparked by their politically charged message— “Selma is now because the struggle for justice is now.”
Written by: Alli Reich, UU PR Director