Oscars 2015: Best & Worst Moments of The 87th Academy Awards

2015 Oscars Best Moments

The 87th Academy Awards took place yesterday evening at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, bringing the film industry's glitz and glamoured up stars together to celebrate and honor the best of 2014. Whether or not the best films and talent were actually honored is up to you to decide so be sure to check out the full 2015 Oscar Winners List alongside the five biggest surprises of this year's show.

But before Neil Patrick Harris took to the stage with his opening number to host the awards ceremony and before Jimmy Kimmel's after-show brought back a lot of the guests to poke fun at the night and keep the party going, there were, as per usual, lots of moments, some wonderful and emotional, some awkward or downright weird. Let's take a look at the biggest movies of this year's Oscars.


Fifty Shades of Awkward


Dakota Johnson and her mom, Melanie Griffith, awkwardly respond to whether or not she's seen her daughter's performance in the erotic Fifty Shades of Grey while on the red carpet.


Keeping It Light

There was some fun to be had however, with the sweet and lovable couple Anna Faris and Chris Pratt appearing with smiles and genuine enthusiasm on the red carpet. The two joked about having a young child at home and definitely staying out at Oscar after parties because of it.


"We have a little toddler at home... so we're not going home."

Pratt followed up:

"Not going home, not for a week. Going out drinking for a week straight. He's two and a half, he can take care of himself for a few days."


Oprah vs. Selma Snub

With the Martin Luther King Jr. feature Selma earning critical recognition at a time when racism is prevalent in news headlines across the U.S., Brit actor David Oyelowo not getting a nomination for playing MLK in a year dominated by white actors earned controversy and a trending hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. That didn't stop Oprah from loving the praise the film and its star are getting however.


Team Oscar

Channing Tatum explaining the importance of Team Oscar, the next-generation of filmmakers who are in it now to make something cool instead of making money. Although the Samsung sponsorship was too in-your-face for this type of show, the six had a chance to be honored on stage during the presentation.


The Opening Act

NPH's musical intro, titled "Moving Pictures" featured the performer honoring (and embedding himself) in scenes from classics, along with great guest appearances by Anna Kendrick and Jack Black.


Call Your Parents

J.K. Simmons wins Best Supporting Actor for his powerful performance in Whiplash and when he took to the stage, he earned applause for telling people to call their parents. No emails or texts, use a phone.


Life Is Full of Surprises

Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski overpowered the rude send-off music during his own acceptance speech earning love from social media followers and the live audience.


Everything is Awesome

A live performance from Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island was made even better live with an appearance of Will Arnett suited up as LEGO Batman. And during the performance, Channing Tatum, Oprah Winfrey and Steve Carell all got LEGO Oscars.

I loved @Oprah's face with my #LEGO Oscar! #Oscars

— Nathan Sawaya (@NathanSawaya) February 23, 2015


Travolta Non-Redemption

John Travolta became an unintentional highlight and source of endless memes during the 86th Academy Awards for completely mispronouncing Idina Menzel's name on stage and that wasn't lost on social media last night during the big event  

"I'm going to kill you, Brendadirk Cramplescrunch."

— Michael Deppisch (@deppisch) February 23, 2015

Unfortunately for Travolta... and Menzel's face, the pair appeared on stage together after Neil Patrick Harris poked fun at him to make amends, but it didn't play that way. Travolta was called out for being far too touchy-feely with Menzel on stage, like he was with Scarlett Johansson during the red carpet.


— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) February 23, 2015

HAH RT @DylanJobe: For those who missed it, here's a diagram of the "Creepy Travolta Moment" at the oscars tonight.

— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) February 23, 2015


Equal Pay

Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and took to the stage to rally support for equal pay between men and women, earning much love.

"To every woman who gave birth, to every tax payer and citizen of this nation: We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!"

Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez Oscars 2015 Reaction


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