Another year and another bloated three-hour-plus ceremony has come and gone. Last night’s self-congratulatory Academy Awards saw the who’s who of Hollywood celebrate the year’s best in film and was painfully hosted by openly gay Neil Patrick Harris, whose jokes, at times, were met by nothing more than a few balcony chuckles and a rush of Tweets decrying his sometimes nasty humor (poor Jennifer Aniston). Harris, in recreating a scene from Birdman, showed off his post-Hedwig body—a highlight of the evening—and ultimately ended the show with a magic trick. Magic that felt missing from this year’s show.
Surprisingly, Birdman took home best film beating out the much-hyped Boyhood, with best actress odds going to Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and best actor going to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. Moore’s win is especially meaningful as the film’s co-writers/co-directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland were thanked by Moore on stage. The couple could not be at the awards, because Glatzer’s deteriorating health as a result of A.L.S. (You can read their full story here.)
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The most touching moment came when Graham Moore took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on The Imitation Game. Moore, noting that Alan Turing, the focus of the movie, never had the chance to receive a room full of praise during his life, and delivered a very pointed message about suicide prevention and coming to terms with his own identity.
“And now I’m standing here, and so I would like this moment to be for this kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird, stay different and then, when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along. Thank you so much!
Lady Gaga proved that she is more than outrageous costumes when she performed a rousing rendition of songs from The Sound of Music that not get a standing ovation from the crowd, but also nearly brought Julie Andrews herself to tears.
The Internet erupted when the In Memorium montage excluded the queen of the red carpet Joan Rivers with comedian Billy Eichner calling shame on the Academy: “No Joan Rivers in the montage??? She basically created the red carpet which makes all of these bitches millions. For shame!!!” he tweeted.