There was a lot of criticism aimed at the 87th Academy Awards and people’s expectations were minimal. But this year, underneath all of the shine and glamour of the Oscars was an undercurrent that was rather inspiring – and it can only be for the better.
The Oscars is a show, meant to entertain the masses with its typical Hollywood shenanigans. But this year’s ceremony proved that all the glitz and glamour doesn’t mean it can’t tackle real life issues too.
Forget about red carpets, the best or worst dressed, who won and who lost, or the creepy things that celebrities do and everything else that doesn’t really matter. Here are the few instances powerful celebrities made the world think about what’s important during the awards ceremony.
1) Hollywood’s Lack of Diversity
Neil Patrick Harris did not disappoint as a host. Perhaps his most important joke was when he took a jab at the #OscarsSoWhite fiasco that tarnishes Hollywood’s golden reputation.
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Patricia Arquette, in her acceptance speech for winning best supporting actress in her role as a single mother in Boyhood, delivered a speech that talked about a major problem faced by working woman all over the world. Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez were most impressed – and excited.
As was Lena Dunham.
Patty A now responsible for best Oscar moment in herstory (see what I did there!?!?)— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 23, 2015
PATRICIA 4 PREZ— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 23, 2015
4) Being Different
Accepting an award for The Imitation Game, the screenplay writer Graham Moore talked about how he once tried to kill himself as a 16-year-old. His entire speech is moving and inspirational and will make anyone who has felt “different” feel better.