Oscars 2015: The 14 Moments That Were Magical
Another year, another Oscars ceremony that lasts until the wee hours on the East Coast. We took the good, we took the bad, and we also made fun of it all on Twitter. We like to accentuate the positive, so here are our favorite moments from the (long, long) night.
The Opening Number
There was no way host Neil Patrick Harris was going to top his Tony opener from 2013. Even by comparison, though, this one was pretty good, if a little predictable. (The Clue shout-out was not predictable, actually.) But wait! There's Jack Black, come to remove a little of the polish and add a little manic energy to the mix.
However, Robert Duvall wasn't terribly amused:
JK Simmons Would Like You to Call Your Mom
He played an unholy terror in Whiplash, but judging by his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor, he's a pretty good parent/son. "Call your mom, call your dad. Don't text, don't email. Call," the star of many a Farmer's Insurance commercial told us.
Bonus: NPH putting his own spin on the Farmer's Insurance jingle after Simmons won. "He won an Oscar, bum-ba-dum-bum-bum-bum."
Someone Defeats the Orchestra
Oh my God, we had no idea you could filibuster your way out of getting played off the stage. Polish film Ida won the Best Foreign Language Film category, and when Pawel Pawlikowski, the director, began his speech, it was nice, if nothing to call your mom about. His time ran out, and though the band began to play ever louder, Mr. Pawilkowski forged on. And on. Until eventually, the swelling strings crashed, and the man got to dedicate the award to his late wife and parents in peace.
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!
For a few brief moments, everything was awesome. Tegan & Sara were on national television, the Lonely Island guys were wearing adorable capes, there was a literal Awesome Possum. Oprah got a Lego Oscar.
YOU get a Lego Oscar! And YOU get a Lego Oscar!
— Caitlin Elgin (@Caitlin_Elgin) February 23, 2015
— Nathan Sawaya (@NathanSawaya) February 23, 2015
Oh, and if you were wondering if that really was Will Arnett in that Batman suit:
— Lewis Kay (@lewkay) February 23, 2015
"Oh, now you like him"
David Oyelowo's lack of a Best Actor nomination for his role as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma has been much discussed. What was a bit of a surprise was NPH's snarky (but not undeserved) "Oh, now you like him" response to the massive cheer the audience gave Oyelowo when our host pulled him into a bit. The actual joke—an Annie diss—bombed, even with Oyelowo's charming British delivery, but at least we got this great hand gesture from Oyelowo.
The bit itself was kind of a dud, but it did give the peanut gallery an opportunity to note just how in-shape our host was. Or, as Billy Eichner put it:
Well I can die now that Oprah has seen the outline of Neil Patrick Harris's scrotum.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 23, 2015
Patricia Arquette Wins Best Supporting Actress; Riles Up Meryl Streep
We knew this was going to be a good category when the camera revealed Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez were seated next to each other, and Jared Leto delivered an actual, funny joke about a Meryl Streep nomination being required by California law.
And then Patricia Arquette won for Boyhood, and her fellow nominees were genuinely delighted for her! And then she gave an impassioned speech calling for equal pay for women, and Streep emphatically whooped and clapped and pointed!
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 23, 2015
It was a good ten-minute stretch of wonderfulness we desperately needed. Followed by...
Rita Ora's Snake Necklace
Ora was at the Oscars to perform Beyond the Lights' Best Song entry, "Grateful." She sounded fantastic, and she also had an awesome bejeweled snake around her neck that we realized we'd seen before, on Naomi Watts at the Golden Globes last month, and we came to the conclusion that every awards ceremony should feature at least one diamond-encrusted serpent.
John Legend and Common's Best Song Acceptance Speech
We have a soft spot in our hearts for "Everything Is Awesome!!!" but truly, "Glory"'s win was well deserved.
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) February 23, 2015
On top of their magnificent performance just a few minutes before, John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. John Legend and Common, respectively) delivered a one-two punch of Realness. We've always known Common and Legend were masters of the spoken word, and they eloquently reminded us the fight Martin Luther King, Jr. waged against racism and intolerance didn't end when he died: "The struggle for justice is right now."
Lady Gaga's Sound of Music Tribute
"I don't really know about this," said just about everyone, mere moments before Gaga absolutely crushed a medley of Sound of Music songs, including the absurdly difficult "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." The only thing missing was Julie Andrews' blessing, and that problem was promptly solved by Andrews coming out and embracing a clearly affected Gaga.
Lady Gaga is kicking Carrie Underwood's ass. #Oscars
— Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) February 23, 2015
The Imitation Game Writer Graham Moore Tells Us to Stay Weird
In a night full of great speeches, Graham Moore's soul-baring admission that he attempted suicide at age 16 because he felt he didn't belong struck a deep chord with just about everyone in the room and at home, as did his exhortation to anyone feeling the same way to just keep going: Stay alive, and stay weird.
Alejandro Iñárritu Is Wearing Michael Keaton's Tighty-Whities
Right off the bat in his speech for Best Director, Birdman helmer Iñárritu informed us he was wearing Michael Keaton's lucky briefs, and they "smell like balls." (A reference to a line in Birdman, apparently, for the legions of people who have not seen Birdman.) No more needs be said, really, except that Iñárritu says "Birdman" as though it's two words, with the emphasis on "man."
Cate Blanchett Announces Best Actor
Winner Eddie Redmayne's speech was adorable, but Galadriel saying "Okey dokey, smokey" will cure the common cold.
Matthew McConaughey Reads the Nominees for Best Actress
Julianne Moore wins Best Actress, Matthew McConaughey wins Best Pronunciation of "Marion Cotillard"
— Vulture (@vulture) February 23, 2015
No one has ever had as much fun saying "Marion Cotillard," and no one ever will again.
NPH's Oscar Predictions
Does Neil Patrick Harris do bar mitzvahs
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) February 23, 2015
Just kidding, this bit was awful and the only good thing about it was when it was finally, blessedly over.
We'll leave you with a moment that did not happen during the ceremony, but which will provide endless hours of entertainment: Oprah fleeing from Lady Gaga on the red carpet.
Still dying over Oprah literally running away from Lady Gaga https://t.co/93Rh6fAOzo
— Laura Hibbard (@LauralizHibbard) February 23, 2015