87th Annual Academy Awards Review

On Feb. 22, the 87th annual Academy Awards was aired live from Hollywood’s Dolby Theater. There were many memorable moments that shouldn’t be missed. Caution: spoilers.

Sammi Tester, Editor of Student Opinion

Sunday, Feb. 22, was the 87th annual Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars. The live show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris was one to watch for its red carpet looks, awkward moments, and musical performances. As a forewarning, this article is full of spoilers.

From beautiful dresses to John Travolta’s awkward kiss given to Scarlett Johansson, the red carpet seemed like the place to be. The Oscars’ website lists the “Best Dressed at The Oscars,” which includes 10 women in dresses that look perfect on them. Of those 10, I had my favorite five. Reese Witherspoon in her Tom Ford white and black dress topped the list for me, then came Emma Stone in Elie Saab, Jennifer Lopez in another Elie Saab dress, Anna Kendrick in a Thakoon, and Jennifer Aniston in Atelier Versace. There were plenty of other breath-taking dresses on the red carpet, too. The most memorable red-carpet moment is John Travolta’s first uncomfortable moment of the night. In case you’ve missed all the buzz going around, Travolta unexpectedly hugged Scarlett Johansson and kissed her on the cheek. After the jaw-dropping red carpet, the 87th annual Academy Awards began.

Many movies, actors, and people on production teams were nominated for Oscars, but, of course, only a few can win. “Birdman” won four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director (awarded to Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography (awarded to Emmanuel Lubezki). Eddie Redmayne’s role in “The Theory of Everything” was worthy of the title Best Actor. Julianne Moore’s performance in “Still Alice” got her the Oscar for Best Actress. “Ida” was named Best Foreign Language Film. The song “Glory” by John Legend won the Oscar for Best Original Song. “Whiplash” won two Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (awarded to J.K. Simmons) and Best Film Editing (awarded to Tom Cross). Patricia Arquette was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Boyhood.” The Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film was awarded to “Big Hero Six.” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won two Oscars: Best Original Music Score and Best Makeup (awarded to Mark Coulier and Frances Hannon). “Interstellar” was given the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. “The Imitation Game” won Best Writing Adapted Screenplay. Best Animated Short Film was given to “Feast.” The title of Best Documentary Feature went to “Citizenfour.” Last but not least, “The Phone Call” won the Oscar for “Best Live Action Short Film.”

The musical breaks are always ones to remember at the Academy Awards. The first song was “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” sang by Tegan and Sara with The Lonely Island. During the song, Oscars made of golden Legos were given to people throughout the audience. Next came the tear-jerker “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” performed by Tim McGraw. The hit was written by Glen Campbell when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, writing it to his family about the near future with his memory loss. After the audience was able to get themselves back together, John Legend and Common came out to sing the touching and gorgeous song “Glory.” The entire audience gave a standing ovation and moved David Oyelowo and Chris Pine to tears. The next musical number was a tribute to “The Sound of Music,” eloquently performed by Lady Gaga. Her astounding rendition was followed by Julie Andrews coming to the stage and hugging Gaga. Rita Ora gave a beautiful performance of “Grateful.” After the In Memoriam part of the show, Jennifer Hudson sang “I Can’t Let Go,” which turned out quite elegantly. The last musical number was “Lost Stars”written by Gregg Alexander and performed by Adam Levine. The music from this year’s Academy Awards were breathtaking to say the least.

With Neil Patrick Harris as the host, the show held promise to be packed with jokes ranging from small to big, and they lived up to the promise. Travolta made a second creepy scene, but this time it was on-stage with Idina Menzel. He wouldn’t let go of her face when they were presenting the award for Best Original Song.

If you missed the live airing of the show, you can still watch it on abc.go.org. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.