Last night ABC aired the 87th Annual Academy Awards, colloquially known as 'The Oscars' hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Actors and actresses adorned rows of cushiony seats dressed in their best hoping not to be caught making "meme-worthy" faces as cameras panned the audience. Some were spared, others not - sorry Chrissy Teigen.
We all know the worst of the Oscars, they lack racial and gender diversity, as eloquently outlined in this TIME article by Jacyln Friedman oh and Sean Penn made that really unfortunate comment regarding immigration. Fortunately, the best of the Oscars shone its beautiful face in a number of the acceptance speeches. We want to shine the light right back on them. Winners gave their thank yous and then used the platform to speak on suicide, ALS, women's wage equality, civil rights, international relations and Alzheimers. Regardless of if you agree or not with their positions or causes, they used their 10 seconds to speak on human issues. We all need a little more publicly discussed humanity in our lives.
Although we love the flashing lights and fashion of the entertainment industry it is endearing to know that the people we see on our television and movie screens are not as hollow as they are made to seem. Thank you David Oyelowo and Chris Pine who showed that real men in Hollywood have emotions.
Below you will find acceptance speeches from Patricia Arquette who won "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in Boyhood and John Legend & Common who won "Original Song" for the song 'Glory' in the movie Selma.
Do you have any favorite or hated Oscar moments? Are they important to you?