Oscars 2015: The best speeches

From Patricia Arquette's bad-ass plea for equality to JK Simmons' order to call our parents, here are the starry words worth listening to...


JK Simmons accepting the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Whiplash


“Wow, thank you. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you to everyone involved in the making of Whiplash.

“And I am grateful everyday for the most remarkable person I know: my wife, the wonderful Michelle Schumacher. I’m grateful for your love, your kindness, your wisdom, your sacrifice and your patience.

“Which brings me to the above-average children—even though I may try their patience more. Joe and Olivia, you are extraordinary human beings. Smart, funny, kind, loving people and that’s because you are a reflection of your mother.

“Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you. Thank you. Thank you, Mom and Dad.”

Patricia Arquette accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Boyhood

“Ok jesus…woooh. Thank you to the academy….our whole cast and our crew! My boyhood family….

 “To every woman who gave birth to every citizen and taxpayer in this nation… it’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and to have equal rights for women in the united states of America.”

Julie Andrews, presenting the nominees for Best Original Score.

Praising Lady Gaga’s version of The Sound of Music’s The Hills Are Alive, Julie Andrews said: “Dear Lady Gaga, thank you for that wonderful tribute. It really warmed my heart. It’s hard to believe it’s 50 years since The Sound of Music. I blinked and here I am.”

Graham Moore accepting the award for The Imitation Game’s Best Adapted Screenplay

“Alan Turing never got to stand up here and look out at all these disconcertingly attractive faces…and I think that’s the most unfair thing I’ve ever heard.

“When I was 16 years old I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and different and did not belong…and now I’m standing here. So I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels they’re weird and doesn’t fit in.

“Stay weird, stay different, and when it’s your turn to stand on a stage like this, pass the message along.”

Eddie Redmayne accepting the best actor award for The Theory of Everything

“I’m fully aware that I’m a lucky, lucky man.” *Does a screech of joy and straightens his bow tie*

“This is to all those people around the world battling ALS. It [The Oscar] belongs to one exceptional family: Stephen, Jane Jonathan and the Hawking children and I will be its custodian and I promise you I will look after him and I will wait on him hand on foot.

Thank you to my staggering partner in crime Felicity Jones, my ferocious and yet incredibly kind director James Marsh…I want to thank my family and Hannah, I love you so much. We have a new fella coming to share our apartment!.”


Here’s the full list of Oscars 2015 winners