10 Most Incredible Oscar MomentsThe Academy Awards were full of surprises this year. Some surprises infuriating, others exciting, but as a whole it was an incredible year for cinema. From the red carpet’s glitterati and glamour to the fine art of cinematography, check out our top ten favorite moments from the Oscars.
Lady Gaga’s breathtaking performance of The Sound of Music.
-Neil Patrick Harris’s opening monologue turned into broadway musical. He placed himself into scenes from Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz in hysterical fashion.
-Common and John Legend’s rivetting performance of Glory. The duet made massive impression on the night. Standing in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge among a chorus dressed like marchers, the performance recognized not only the biggest hit among the Best Song nominees, but also the most memorable.
-Oprah and Emma Stone were awarded Lego Oscars. During the Everything is Awesome performance of The Lego Movie theme song the unlikely couple were given plastic toy awards. The entire scene was awesome.
-Patricia Arquette's Feminist Acceptance Speech. She delivered the most poignant speech of the evening saying, "To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights.”
Patricia Arquette at the Oscars.
-Citizenfour winning Best Documentary. Director, Laura Poitras, said, "I share this award with Glenn Greenwald and the many other journalists who are taking risks to expose the truth." Edward Snowden released a statement from Russia, following the win, through the ACLU that says, "My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world."
-Tim McGraw's tribute to Glen Campbell. The song was the last written by the 60-year veteran of country music, who penned it as a love letter to his wife when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011. The performance was the most heart wrenching of the night.
-Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's speech upon winning Best Foreign Film for Ida. Normally exceptionally long speeches get a little ‘wrap it up’ music, but when the orchestra started, Pawlikowski wouldn’t give up. He went on and on until the orchestra stopped. And Pawlikowski continued until the audience burst into applause and the orchestra started again.
-Lady Gaga’s The Sound of Music performance. She gave 110% and it showed.
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock take home Best Production Design for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
-The Grand Budapest Hotel taking a few Oscars home. There were plenty of near shutouts and snubs, but luckily The Grand Budapest Hotel won in much deserved categories: Best Costuming, Best Original Score, Best Production Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
-Graham Moore’s acceptance speech for The Imitation Game screenplay. The most touching speech of the evening was when Moore explained that at 16-years-old he had attempted suicide for feeling prosecution the same way the main character in The Imitation Game is prosecuted for his homosexuality. Moore advised, "stay weird, stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message along."