Hollywood’s biggest night of the year

A breakdown of the Oscars

By Caitlin LeRoux
Online Editor

Photo from Billboard.com

Photo from Billboard.com

Stars flooded the red carpet Sunday Feb.22, for the 87th Annual Academy Awards to celebrate the best film work of the past year led by funnyman and host Neil Patrick Harris. Harris opened the show with a riotous musical number, showcasing his charismatic talents and celebrating some of the greatest moments in the history of film.

In honor of the 50th anniversary for one of the most iconic films in history, “The Sound of Music,” a medley of the film’s greatest songs, such as the title song and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” was performed by Lady Gaga. After, Julie Andrews made a surprise appearance to pay tribute to her role as Maria in the film. Andrews responded to the standing ovation upon her entrance with a heartfelt speech about the effect of the role on her life and what a blessing it was for her.

Some of the biggest buzz surrounding the winners of the night was especially unique, with most of the major awards coming from films with relatively small budgets and box office revenues. Indie film “Birdman” had a budget of only $16.5 million, yet tied for the most awards of the night at four, with two of those including “Best Picture” and “Best Director” for Alejandro Iñàrritu. Another lower budget film “Still Alice” helped Julianne Moore to win the award for “Best Actress” for her role as the title character.

The awards also served as a platform for political stances, with winner Patricia Arquette delivering a speech urging for the equality of woman in the workplace, with many stars including Meryl Streep, nearly jumping out of their seats in support.

A moving moment came when “Best Original Song” winners Common and John Legend performed “Glory” and stressed racial equality upon their acceptance, leading to a standing ovation from the audience.

The Oscars are continually the most watched award show of the season with millions of viewers tuning in each year for the big reveal. This award show ultimately proves just how important films still are in our society, especially as a form of art and expression that is universal to everyone.

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