Awards Season | Oscars 2015 Highlights

The results of this years’ annual 87th Oscars ceremony are in!  Whilst there were snubs and disappointments at the biggest film event of the year, there were also triumphs, powerful speeches, emotional poignant moments  and some amazing Red Carpet looks. We take a look at some of the highlights from last nights’ event…

Presented this year by Neil Patrick Harris, the 2015 Oscar ceremony drew in some of the most appreciated names in the business with the so-called ‘British Invasion’ from nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything and Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl. The biggest winners of the night were undoubtedly Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel which won for Best Costume Design, Make Up & Hair and Production Design whilst Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu scooped Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture and Cinematography for Birdman.

Neil Patrick Harris even kept the comedy momentum by paying homage to Birdman by appearing onstage in his pants

There were also some serious more touching moments however. Racial politics were incredibly high as many claimed that this years’ Oscars were ‘the whitest in half a century’ since 2014’s triumph in diversity which saw 12 Years A Slave win three awards and black actress Lupita N’yongo scoop Best Supporting.  Actor David Oyewolo was one of many who reacted emotionally to John Legends’ performance of Glory from the Martin Luther King biopic Selma in which he starred – it came as no surprise that the track won Best Original Song.

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Similarly, Patricia Arquette was also keen to make a political point as she made her moving statement for gender equality and women’s rights as she accepted her award for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood which was met with a sea of applause.

The most celebrated wins of the evening were of course for hotly-tipped newcomer Eddie Redmayne who picked up the coveted Best Actor award for his phenomenal performance in Theory Of Everything where he played Professor Stephen Hawking. Julianne Moore also won Best Actress for Still Alice in which she wowed as as Alzheimer’s sufferer Alice Howland. JK Simmons walked away with Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash whilst Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar unsurprisingly won for Best Effects.

You can find the full list of winners here

The real battle was of course on the Red Carpet where dramatic gowns and twee tuxedo’s reigned supreme. Jared Leto’s quirky ’80s style powder blue suit and David Oyewolo’s maroon velvet number made the men’s game just as strong as their female counter-parts whilst the like of Jennifer Lopez, Anna Farris and Felicity Jones upped the ante with plenty of sparkle. Many kept things demure in monochrome such as Meryl Streep who looked sophisticated and chic in a Lanvin suit whilst Reese Witherspoon opted for a sleek Tom Ford dress. Our Best Dressed Award of the night however has to go to Birdman actress Emma Stone who looked simply stunning in an unusual yellow Elie Saab dress contrasting dramatically with her red lips and deep red hair. Well played Emma, well played….