10 things you need to know about the Oscars 2015

Didn't stay up all night? Here are the highlights from last night's star-studded Oscars ceremony in LA


While you were all wrapped up and cosy in your bed, the A-list elite have been celebrating the best cinematic achievements of the last 12 months at the 87th annual Academy Awards.


Thankfully, we stayed up for you to collate all the best bits from last night’s Oscar ceremony. From feminist speeches and teary standing ovations to Gaga tributes, British wins and tighty whities, here’s your guide to what happened in Hollywood while you were sleeping… 

1. It wasn’t all about what the celebs were wearing on the red carpet this year…

Yes, the dresses were as spectacular and the suits as sharp as ever, but “We are more than just our dresses,” said best actress nominee Reese Witherspoon, who was asking reporters to #AskHerMore than just ‘what are you wearing?’

2. But it was all about the women 

There might have been no female directors, screenwriters or cinematographers among the nominees, but there was a lot of girl power at this year’s Academy Awards. Best supporting actress winner Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) called for equal pay and equal rights for women in America during her acceptance speech, saying: “We have fought for everyone else. It’s our time to have wage equality and equal rights for women in the United States America.”

Best actress nominee Meryl Streep was quick to show her support, shouting an impassioned “Yes!” before jumping up to give the Boyhood star a standing ovation. 

3. Neil Patrick Harris’ opening song was brilliant 

The Gone Girl and How I Met Your Mother star began his stint as Oscars host with Moving Pictures, a musical ode to the movies. It was in turns funny, witty and cutting, with plenty of theatrical jazz hands and hard-to-hit top notes.

The song, sung with the help of Into the Woods star Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, included lines like “All we get are superheroes, superman, spiderman, jediman, batman, sequelman, prequelman, formulaic scripts and after Fifty Shades of Grey they’ll all have leather whips!” It was an impressive and strong start to Harris’ hosting duties

4. But people are divided about whether he did a good job 

He sung, danced and bared all in the pair of tighty whities, but Twitter was decidedly divided about Harris’ hosting…

5. John Travolta didn’t fluff his lines 

Yes, the Academy did let Travolta back after last year’s epic mispronunciation, but only to make amends for his former faux pas. The star was back with Idina Menzel (not Adele Dazeem) and he got her name right this year, so she took the opportunity to get his wrong, introducing him as Glom Gazingo. Well played, Idina. 

6. Everyone cried during Glory 

The cast of Selma took to the stage to perform a powerful song from the film’s soundtrack, quickly prompting the audience to shed a tear or two, and give the singers a long standing ovation. The emotion in the building was then ramped up a level when the track won the award for best original song. Sob. 

7. Lady Gaga and Julie Andrews are best friends 

An unlikely celeb friendship was born at tonight’s Oscars ceremony, when Lady Gaga – queen of controversy – swapped her gimmick-heavy act for a simple, and really rather beautiful, tribute to The Sound of Music, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 

At the end of her performance Julie Andrews appeared on stage to hug Gaga and thank her for the “wonderful tribute.” “It really warmed my heart,” she said.


8. There were Lego Oscar statues 

During a rendition of Lonely Island’s Lego movie track Everything is Awesome, Lego Oscar statuettes were handed out to the likes of Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Oprah. Obviously we’d love a real Oscar gong, but we are seriously lusting after Lego one now…

9. Birdman beat Boyhood

Thought Boyhood was obviously going to walk away with the Oscar for best picture? Think again. Birdman was the Oscars’ favourite film, picking up four awards, including best picture and best director, while Boyhood took just one trophy away from the event. 

10. Eddie Redmayne flew the flag for Britain 

“Oh my god. Thank you. Thank you to the Academy. I don’t think I’m capable of articulating how I feel. But I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man,” said Redmayne, who literally squealed after winning the best actor gong for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. 


“This Oscar, this belongs to every person around the world battling ALS, and one exceptional family Stephen, Jane, Jonathan and the Hawking children. I will be his custodian. I will look after him, polish him, answer his beck and call and wait on him on hand and foot.”