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The 87th Academy Awards took place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday night (February 22), hosted for the first time by Neil Patrick Harris. Here’s the story of the night in pictures, including appearances from Lady Gaga, Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Tegan & Sara.
Before the 87th Academy Awards began, Lady Gaga turned heads on the red carpet outside Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre by arriving in what looked like a pair of oversized washing-up gloves. The singer was one of a handful of musical performers during the star-studded four-hour awards ceremony.
Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Academy Awards for the first time this year – and his subdued performance drew a rather cool response on Twitter. The Tony-winning actor opened the show with a tongue-in-cheek song and dance number during which he was joined by Anna Kendrick and Tenacious D’s Jack Black.
JK Simmons won the Best Supporting Actor prize for his performance as a sadistic music teacher in Whiplash. He used his acceptance speech to encourage viewers to get in touch with their parents, saying: “Call ’em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ’em you love ’em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”
Patricia Arquette’s performance as a hard-working single mother in Boyhood– filmed in three-to-four day bursts over a period of 12 years – won her the Best Supporting Actress prize. After collecting her Oscar from Jared Leto, the actress used the platform to call for “wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Meryl Streep was visibly impressed by Patricia Arquette’s politically-charged acceptance speech calling for wage equality for women. Streep was nominated in the same category as Arquette, Best Supporting Actress, for her performance as the Witch in Disney’s Into The Woods. It’s the 19th Oscar nomination of Streep’s career – seven more than any other actor.
Tegan and Sara – look closely, they’re in there somewhere – delivered a playful and visually spectacular performance of their Oscar-nominated song ‘Everything Is Awesome!!!’ from The Lego Movie. They were joined by Andy Samberg’s comedy trio The Lonely Island, their collaborators on the song, and a troupe of dancers dressed as cowboys, astronauts and construction workers.
Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood didn’t win awards tonight, but they got to take home the next best thing: a Lego Oscar!
Host Neil Patrick Harris paid tribute to Birdman by taking to the stage in a pair of tight white Y-fronts. The dark comedy film starring Michael Keaton went on to win four awards, including Best Picture, and thankfully Harris slipped back into his tuxedo straight after this gag.
A year after his infamous “Adele Dazeem” gaffe, Idina Menzel got her own back on John Travolta by introducing the actor as “Glong Gazingo” before they present the award for Best Original Song together. Travolta’s pronunciation this year was on point, but he did go in for some pretty creepy face-touching.
John Legend and Common won Best Original Song for ‘Glory’, their duet from civil rights drama Selma. Legend used his speech to deliver a plea for true racial equality. “Right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real,” he said. “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850.”
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound Of Music, Lady Gaga performed a medley of songs from the Oscar-winning musical including ‘The Sound Of Music’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’ and ‘Climb Every Mountain’. Wisely, she took off her washing-up gloves before taking to the stage.
Lady Gaga embraced Dame Julie Andrews after the ‘Applause’ singer performed a medley of songs from The Sound Of Music. In 1966, Andrews was nominated for the Best Actress award for her performance in the much-loved musical – a year after she won in the same category for her role in Mary Poppins.
Julianne Moore won the Best Actress prize for her performance as a woman battling Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice; it’s her first win after being nominated four times previously. “There’s no such thing as Best Actress, as is evidenced by the performance of the nominees,” she said in tribute to her fellow contenders Reese Witherspoon, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike and Marion Cotillard.
Eddie Redmayne accepted the Best Actor trophy for his performance as the young Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. Overcome with emotion, the actor dedicated his award to “all of those people around the world battling” motor neurone disease, the degenerative condition which robbed the revered physicist of his mobility.
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu accepted the Best Picture award for Birdman, joined on stage by the film’s producers and ensemble cast. Iñárritu was a triple winner on the night, also taking home the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (shared with three other screenwriters) prizes for his innovative work on the Broadway-based black comedy.