Usually the dresses take front and center at the Oscar Awards, and Sunday night was no different, however, there was an unexpected additional attention hog this year. The speeches.
From year to year, we may have one or two acceptance speeches that stick in our memory, but the 87th Annual Academy Awards had many such moments.
Starting with JK Simmons’ acceptance of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Whiplash.” The actor implored people to call their parents. Not just text, CALL. Inspiring a hashtag #CallYourParents.
Shortly after, when Patricia Arquette accepted her award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Boyhood,” she took the opportunity to advocate for equal pay for women. Meryl Streep grabbed a little of that spotlight for her amazing reaction.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 23, 2015
When John Legend and Common accepted their award for Best Original Song for “Glory” from “Selma,” they seized the moment to talk about racial equality.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 23, 2015
And when Graham Moore took the stage to accept his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game,” he told a very personal story about his young as a struggling and suicidal adolescent, and encouraged everyone to live into their weirdness which lead to the hashtag #beweird trending.
It was especially encouraging to see this group of celebrities using their platform to talk about things that really matter. The Oscars have earned a reputation of being a little self absorbed. The endless ego stroking and self amusement can get a little tiring, but 2015 seemed to be the year that the tide turned, and celebrities found their voices. Kudos.1