Posted on February 23, 2015
Whether it was winners not getting off stage while they were disrespectfully played off, or winners speaking up for a cause, the 87th Academy Awards certainly had a theme.
J.K. Simmons, who gave the performance of a lifetime in Whiplash, won Best Supporting Actor, kicked it off by telling everyone to call their parents. Patricia Arquette, who won Best Supporting Actress stood up for equal wages for Women, while Graham Moore moved everyone watching by telling the youth to “stay weird, stay different.” Common and John Legend spoke out for equal rights, and Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski blatently ignored the play off music and kept talking as he should!
Birdman took home four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. The other Academy favorite The Grand Budapest Hotel took home four Academy Awards as well, with wins in Production Design and Make-Up, and Score.
The three big upsets were Big Hero 6 topping How to Train Your Dragon 2 in the Animated Feature category, Whiplash beating Boyhood for Film Editing which was a super fun surprise, and Birdman topping Boyhood in Original Screenplay.
Richard Linklater’s epic Boyhood was shut out aside from Arquette’s win which was a big surprise, and the darling of the Academy, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper took home only one gold statue.
Here’s a full list of the winners along with all the memorable speeches and moments: