An actress who never shied away from her soap opera beginnings, Julianne Moore, took home the coveted Oscar on her fifth nomination at Sunday night’s 87th Annual Academy Award in Hollywood. Moore, who got her first big break playing twins Frannie/Sabrina Hughes on CBS’ iconic daytime drama As the World Turns, won an Oscar for her role in Still Alice. She received a standing ovation from those in attendance accompanied by wild cheers. Moore, who has won all the awards this film season for her portrayal in Still Alice of a woman battling the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, started her Oscar acceptance speech by stating: “I read that winning an Oscar would lead to living five years longer. If that’s true, I would really like to thank the academy because my husband is younger than me.”
In the tightest race of the night for Best Actor, that went to Eddie Redmayne for his remarkable performance in The Theory of Everything playing iconic genius Stephen Hawking who has battled ALS. Redmayne provided the most joyous moment of the night, when he was overcome with giddy as he realized he just won an Academy Award. Hawking even took to his facebook page to give props to Redmayne on his victory relating: “Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne for winning an ?#?Oscar? for playing me in The Theory of Everything Movie. Well done Eddie, I’m very proud of you.” He signed the message,”SH”
Birdman was awarded top honors as Best Picture of the year. The film also took Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.
Oscars 2015 will be remembered for its moving speeches and performances: From Supporting Actress winner Boyhood’s Patricia Arquette, taking on equal pay and rights for women in her acceptance speech, to Best Adapted Screenplay winner, Graham Moore from The Imitation Game, who admitted to the live audience in the theater and at home that he tried to commit suicide as a teenager in his winning speech. Moore’s message went on to relate that at 16, he felt “weird” and “different,” but he held on, and urged other kids who might feel the same way to “stay weird, stay different” so that one day they can be the ones up on the stage helping the next generation. John Legend and Common brought down the house with their stirring rendition of their Best Song winner, Glory from the film Selma. In their speech, the men continued to raise the issues facing equality and injustice for all in this country.
And in another hankie moment, pop sensation Lady Gaga brought down the house in her salute to the songs of The Sound of Music and then introduced the one and only Julie Andrews. Julie admitted on stage that she was basically so touched by Gaga’s performance. Neil Patrick Harris kept the proceedings moving as host of the 87th Academy Awards.
Watch Julianne Moore and Edddie Redmayne’s winning moments and acceptance speeches after the jump. Then, let us know what was your favorite moment from last night’s Oscars?