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The Most Memorable Moments at the 2015 Oscars

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Northwestern chapter.

When you get a massive group of A-list celebs together, glamorous/funny/weird moments are unavoidable. Awards shows are typically anything but boring, and this year’s Academy Awards ceremony was no exception. Here are 10 of the most memorable moments from the show.

1. The Sound of Music tribute: At first, Lady Gaga seemed like a bizarre choice to perform a musical tribute in honor of the Sound of Music’s 50th anniversary. Five seconds in, I changed my mind. She killed it, and afterwards Julie Andrews called her a “new friend.” #lifegoals


2. Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech: When she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette used her allotted time at the podium to make the case for closing the gender wage gap. Meryl Streep and JLo seemed to agree that this was definitely one of the greatest moments of the night.

3. Reese Witherspoon: As if Reese wasn’t already perfect, her flawlessness came to a peak Sunday night. That dress?! Her insistence that she and her fellow female celebs be asked about more than their gowns?! She may not have won the Oscar for her role in Wild, but she won a permanent place in the hearts of fashion fans and feminists everywhere (although honestly she’s been my #rideordie since her Elle Woods days).

4. “Glory” performance: I cried, Chris Pine cried, everybody cried at John Legend and Common’s powerful performance of “Glory” from Selma. See for yourself (also make sure you see Selma ASAP):


5. John Travolta: At this point, I don’t think anybody is surprised when John Travolta does something weird. Last night, he got creepily grope-y with Scarlett Johansson and, exactly a year after the “Adele Dazeem” fiasco, touched Idina Menzel’s face a weird amount. I can’t be the only one wishing we could go back to the good old Grease days.

6. Lupita Nyong’o’s dress: The Calvin Klein gown sported 6,000 pearls and was estimated to cost over $150,000. More importantly, it looked absolutely incredible. Once again, Lupita basically won the red carpet.

7. Bad jokes: These were memorable in a bad way–awards shows are known for their awkward scripted conversations and forced jokes, but there were multiple times when Sunday’s jokes ventured into offensive territory. See: NPH’s “best and whitest” bit that came off as more ignorant than critical, Sean Penn’s “green card” comment before presenting the Best Picture award to Birdman’s Alejandro González Iñárritu, and forcing David Oyelowo to take a jab at the recent Annie remake. Writing jokes is hard, but please try harder next time, Academy.

8. This tweet: Omg.

9. “Everything is Awesome” performance: The Lego Movie is awesome, Tegan and Sara are awesome, the Lonely Island is awesome, Oscars made out of Legos are awesome—everything is awesome. The performance of this song was so crazy and fun and added some much-needed goofiness to a usually classy and sophisticated event.


10. Meryl: I think we’re all legally obligated to include Meryl on every “best of” list ever, regardless of whether she wins anything. She didn’t win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Into the Woods, but she still showed up and was her perfect and wonderful self and therefore made the show infinitely better.

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Andrea Park


Andrea Park is a southern girl making her way in the freezing midwest, with the help of her trusty North Face parka, multiple layers of colorful socks and an obscene amount of salted caramel mochas.