How did Neil Patrick Harris do as host at the 2015 Oscars? Well, he certainly had his fair share of great quotes. What else stuck out from the biggest night in Hollywood?
From Oscar victory speeches to song performances to unscripted moments that are making headlines -- these are the 15 best moments from the 2015 Academy Awards.
Click through and discover which Oscar moments were most memorable.
Patricia Arquette Demands Equality for Women
Patricia Arquette used her priceless Oscar acceptance speech time to make a statement about gender equality. Given that her character in Boyhood was a single mom who did a bang-up job raising two children, she knew she could go political because it was right, and it was fitting given the role that got her the Oscar she was grasping. She proceeded to demand equal rights and equal pay for women... and the place erupted in joy. Well done, Patricia, well done.
Meryl Streep's Reaction to Patricia Arquette
Oscar winner and fellow nominee in Arquette's category, Meryl Streep's (plus Jennifer Lopez's) reaction to Arquette's equality comments had us taking our cheers to another level of appreciation.
JK Simmons Has Us Calling Our Parents
JK Simmons was a lock from the moment Whiplash premiered. He has won every award along the way this award season. And he has thanked his "above average" children in every speech (paying tribute to Garrison Keillor while saluting his kids). In his Oscar acceptance speech, he said it again, but then went on to say something about being a parent and it touched us. "Everybody, call your mom, call your dad. If you're lucky enough to have a parent alive on this planet, call 'em. Don't email. Don't text them. Call them on the phone, tell them you love them, thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you."
Neil Patrick Harris Had Some Great Quotes
We adore NPH, but he may have been just "eh" as an Oscar host. We say invite him back next year and see what he does now that he has one under his belt. But, you cannot deny the awesomeness of some of his best Oscar night quotes:
"Benedict Cumberbatch... It’s not only the most awesome name in show business, it's also the sound you get when you ask John Travolta to pronounce Ben Affleck."
"Tonight, we honor the best and whitest."
"Edward Snowden could not be here for some treason."
"American Sniper with Bradley Cooper is the most prolific sniper in history, with over 160 confirmed kills. Or, as Harvey Weinstein calls it, a slow morning."
"And now, an actor who’s as appealing playing a male stripper as he is playing a wrestler in a onesie. He's the real deal, pants down. Hands down. Did I say pants? I meant pants."
Emmanuel Lubezki Makes History
Lubezki won his second straight Best Cinematography Oscar for Birdman. After winning last year for his stunning work on Gravity, he became only the second cinematographer in Oscar history to win back to back.
Big Hero 6 Upsets
Okay, maybe it wasn’t the hugest of upsets. But, given that the favorite to win was How to Train Your Dragon 2 (it won most of the major awards along the way), the delight of the film’s directors was palpable. Plus, Disney Animation kept the Best Animated Feature Oscar for another year (they won last year for Frozen).
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