Hollywood’s biggest night was full of all the glitz, glamour and star power you’d expect at the Oscars. And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a few surprises.
Meryl Streep was snubbed in the Best Supporting Actress category, but she cheered on winner Patricia Arquette. Why? Arquette’s no-holds-barred acceptance speech championing equal pay and equal rights for women.
One of the biggest surprises of the night was pulled off by none other than Lady Gaga. In a tribute honoring the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, Lady Gaga stunned the audience with a medley showing off her powerful voice in classical form, channeling Julie Andrews herself. Who knew the pop star could sing like that?
The Best Director predictions were pointing to Richard Linklater for Boyhood after his Golden Globe and BAFTA wins, but in a surprising move, the award went to Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu for Birdman.
Both lead acting categories went to performances portraying those suffering from chronic illnesses – Eddie Redmayne won for The Theory of Everything, shedding light on ALS, and Julianne Moore took home of the Oscar for Still Alice about a woman with advanced Alzheimer’s disease.
Best Picture was another surprise with the Oscar going to Birdman, shutting out Boyhood and American Sniper.