The 87th Academy Awards roundup
Host Neil Patrick Harris runs onstage naked, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel win big and John Travolta finally gets Idina Menzel's name right
Neil Patrick Harris kicked off the 87th Academy Awards with a polished opening musical number. Holograms, shadow dancing and a stunning backdrop that celebrated the 21st century's progress in film.
"And no one's drunk and bitter yet cause no one has lost," he sang before the camera cut to Best Actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch taking a swig from a flask.
Anna Kendrick (dressed as Into The Woods' Cinderella) and Neil hilariously provided the world with a Gone Girl spoiler before Jack Black interrupted them with his rant about "Hollywood baloney."
Neil Patrick Harris and Anna Kendrick perform the opening number (Photo: Getty Images)
The first award of the night – for Best Supporting Actor – went to J.K. Simmons. His win wasn't a difficult forecast since J.K. won all but three of the 30-plus nominations he got for his role in Whiplash (the high-suspense film also won Best Film Editing and Sound Mixing).
The stage burst into life as Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island performed The Lego Movie anthem, Everything Is Awesome, with Will Arnett making a special appearance as Batman.
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More comedy came from Neil, who re-enacted a scene from Birdman in which Michael Keaton gets his dressing robe stuck in the door and is forced to walk in public in his underwear. The Oscars host, dressed only in his briefs, introduced presenters Miles Teller and Margot Robbie, who were left giggling even after he exited. A repentant and fully dressed Neil later said "After my last appearance, I am now a changed man."
Another expected win came courtesy of Patricia Arquette for Boyhood, who took the opportunity to raise this issue during her speech: "To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America," she declared. Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez agree. Strongly.
(L-R) J.K. Simmons; Patricia Arquette (Photo: Getty Images)
The more solemn part of the show saw Meryl Streep leading the In Memoriam section, quoting Joan Didion: "One person is missing for you and the whole world is empty." Jennifer Hudson belted I Can't Let Go after the memoriam reel. John Legend and Common's moving rendition of their single Glory from Selma followed shortly after, and it brought David Oyelowo and Chris Pine to tears. The track won Best Original Song.
Later, Idina Menzel and John Travolta revisited their 'Adele Dazeem' mishap as Idina introduced him as Glom Gazingo. It's all good, John admitted that he deserved it and he even got her name right afterwards.
(L-R): John Legend; Idina Menzel and John Travolta (Photo: Getty Images)
Lady Gaga reminded us (again) that she can sing, during her stunning Sound of Music 50th anniversary tribute. Sound of Music star Julie Andrews herself then stepped onto the stage to present the Best Original Score award to Alexandre Desplat for his cheeky The Grand Budapest Hotel soundtrack (he was also nominated for his music in The Imitation Game).
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel took home a three other awards, including Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling and Production Design and Best Original Score. After a neck-to-neck race with Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, the two films came to a draw with four nods each. Birdman snagged the Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and the coveted Best Picture trophies.
Best Adapted Screenplay went to The Imitation Game. Screenwriter Graham Moore made an emotional speech, confessing that when he was 16, he tried to kill himself because he thought that he was "weird and different."
"I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along," the 33-year-old said.
In more expected outcomes, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore took home the Best Actor and Best Actress awards respectively. Surprise! Julianne took her Oscar win for Still Alice as a good sign, quoting an article that claims winning an Oscar means living five years longer.
(L-R) Eddie Redmayne; Julianne Moore (Photo: Getty Images)
Eddie was bursting with excitement during his first Oscar acceptance speech. Once again, he dedicated his win to Stephen Hawking's family, on whom The Theory of Everything is based. "I will be [the golden statuette's] custodian... I will look after him, I will polish him, I will answer his beck and call, I will wait on him hand and foot," he promised before adding, "And you, Hannah my wife, I love you so much, we have a new fella coming to share our apartment!"
See the full list of winners here.
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