Watch: Video Highlights from Last Night's 87th Academy Awards
by Ethan Anderton
February 22, 2015
Hollywood's big night has come and gone, and now that the 87th Academy Awards have been presented, we can look back at the highlights of last night's ceremony that only ran 40 minutes long. Neil Patrick Harris was the host last night, and while the show started with a pretty cool musical number and some genuine opening remarks about the magic of film, the show still devolved into being boring, slow and delivering only remarkable moments in the speeches from the night's winners. But there were some great performances from the Best Original Song nominees and also one special segment from Lady Gaga. Watch!
The show opened with a musical number, complete with Anna Kendrick and cool video choreography:
And then the first award was given to J.K. Simmons, who will make you want to call your parents:
Then the largest waste of time began, a drawn out magic trick from Neil Patrick Harris:
The director of Ida overpowered the orchestra trying to play him off after winning Best Foreign Film:
Everything was awesome with Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island performing for The LEGO Movie:
Neil Patrick Harris got silly again with another spoof of Birdman with Miles Teller involved:
Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress and had a powerful call for equality:
Big Hero 6 upset in the Best Animated Film category, but we still love the movie, so it's all good:
John Legend and Common delivered a stellar performance for Selma:
And here's the two musicians giving a fantastic speech after winning Best Original Song:
The sad part of the show remembered those we lost, but Joan Rivers was left out for some reason:
Birdman beat out The Grand Budapest Hotel for Best Original Screenplay:
A great speech came from Imitation Game writer Graham Moore for Best Adapted Screenplay:
And here's Lady Gaga's wonderful tribute to The Sound of Music for its 50th anniversary:
Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu followed in Alfonso Cuaron's footsteps by winning Best Director:
Eddie Redmayne ended up beating Michael Keaton for Best Actor and he was so excited:
Julianne Moore gave a touching speech after winning Best Actress for Still Alice:
And then we came back to Neil Patrick Harris' time-wasting magic trick:
Then the night ended with Birdman taking home Best Picture over Boyhood:
Over all, the ceremony wasn't terrible, but the writing could have been way better and Neil Patrick Harris could have been used much more effectively. Having Harris do a magic trick wouldn't have been bad if it wasn't so lame in the end. Instead, the best moments of the night came from the candid speeches, as well as some solid musical performances. Actors David Oyelowo and Chris Pine were moved to tears by that performance of "Glory" from Selma, and Lady Gaga's performance as a tribute to The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews was beautiful and wonderfully performed.
The only real upsets of the night were actually ones that many thought could happen (Redmayne instead of Keaton, Birdman for Original Screenplay). The one that seemed the most surprising was Big Hero 6 taking home the animated film prize, even though the better film The LEGO Movie wasn't nominated so that just ruined the category anyway. As for the big prize, Birdman is a stellar flick, but I can't help but feel a little disappointed that Boyhood didn't get any love beyond Patricia Arquette's performance. Both were solid achievements for different reasons, but it feels like Boyhood might stand the test of time better in the long run. Anyway, that's it for the awards for the films of 2014. What did you think of the ceremony?
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
None of the videos could play where I am, but thanks for sharing, AB. Seems like the Awards were pretty good this year!~
DAVIDPD on Feb 23, 2015
I'm so glad the Oscars and "awards season" is over. They're nothing but fluff that is capitalized upon by whatever corporation that can get its beak wet with product placement and advertising....as an avid filmgoer, they mean nothing.
TheOct8pus on Feb 23, 2015
I'm so glad that Big Hero 6 got the Award for Best Animated Feature. Its the very first animated film based on a marvel comic, to get the award. Its a big deal.
TigerClaw305 on Feb 23, 2015
Boyhood = robbed
ragethorn on Feb 23, 2015
Videos don't play in my region either but judging from the descriptions it sounds like one helluva boring show, so I'm not complaining.
Terry Craig on Feb 23, 2015
Was looking for some solid video highlights. Thanks so much for putting this together!
ashley einspahr on Feb 23, 2015
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