The Oscars 2015

The 87th Academy Awards (or affectionately nicknamed the Oscars) aired on Sunday 22nd February 2015. I used most of the night watching it due to the time difference.

I actually haven’t really had time to read about or see any of the movies that was nominated this year. However the fashion was pretty good. Many pretty dresses on very skinny ladies. One would think they all had anorexia or bulimia. Nevertheless there was some standouts this year. Rosamund Pike, Jennifer Aniston and Anna Kendrick springs to my mind.

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Anna Kendrick

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Rosamund Pike

There were misses as well…but we don’t talk about those…

I found the show a little boring – I had hoped for more. Maybe I had too high expectations…I don’t know. Neil Patrick Harris was okay, nothing more. Though I loved his opening number with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. The sketch with him wandering naked onto the stage with a cameo from Miles Teller was brilliant executed. The rest was – kind of – meh…I mean bland and didn’t really appeal to me. The last one was the closet to an Oscar moment if I strictly look at the host.

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Anna Kendrick and Neil Patrick Harris in the opening numberAs I wrote before I can’t really speak of it was the right people who won the statues since I haven’t seen any of the nominated movies. I did root for either Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch for best actor.

The Theory Of EverythingandThe Imitation Game were the only ones I heard a little about beforehand. And I’ve seen both actors in other movies. I find them both brilliant. So I guess it was well deserved that Eddie Redmayne won the award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking.

The speeches were very moving this year. Covered everything from feminism (Patricia Arquette, best supporting actress) to suicide (Graham Moore, best adapted screenplay) to ASL (Eddie Redmayne, best actor) to race (John Legend and Common, best original song) to Alzheimer’s disease (Julianne Moore, best actress). The best one were Graham Moore’s! I quoted it below. That was a true Oscar moment along with Eddie Redmayne’s win.

Here are some snippets of some of the acceptance speeches:

“Thank you so much. I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer. If that’s true, I’d really like to thank the Academy because my husband is younger than me […] “There is no such thing as best actress as is evidenced by the performances of fellow nominees. I’ve been honored to be among you every step of the way. I’m so happy – I’m thrilled actually – that we were able to hopefully shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease,” the actress said. “So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized, and one of the wonderful things about movies is it makes us feel seen and not alone. And people with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen, so we can find a cure.”- Julianne Moore

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Eddie Redmayne and his new companion

Thank you, thank you, Thank you to the Academy. I don’t think I’m capable of articulating quite how I feel right now. I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. This Oscar—wow! Um, this Oscar… This belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family, Stephen, Jane, Jonathan, and the Hawking children. And I will be its custodian and I will promise you I will look after him. I will polish him. I will answer his beck and call and I will wait on him hand and foot.” – Eddie Redmayne.

“If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive, call them! Don’t text, don’t e-mail  […] Call them. Listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.“ – J.K. Simmons.

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From left to right: J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Morre & Eddie Redmayne.”When i was 16 year’s old i tried to kill myself, because I felt weird, and different and I didn’t belong,” he starts. “Stay weird, stay different” – Graham Moore

“We say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now,” he said. “We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today then were under slavery in 1850 […] We are with you, we see you, we love you and march on.“ – John Legend.

It was bittersweet that Denmark wasn’t nominated in the best foreign language film category. Denmark has been nominated 10 times:

1959: Paw by Astrid Henning-Jensen1961: Harry Og Kammertjeneren (

Harry And The Butler) by Bent Christensen1987: Babettes Gæstebud (

Babette’s Feast) by Gabriel Axel1988: Pelle Eroberen (

Pelle The Conqueror) by Bille August1989: Dansen Med Regitze (

Waltzing Regitze) by Kaspar Rostrup2006: Efter Brylluppet (

After The Wedding) by Susanne Bier2010: Hævnen (

In A Better World) by Susanne Bier2012: En Kongelig Affære (

A Royal Affair) by Nikolaj Arcel 2013: Jagten (

The Hunt) by Thomas Vinterberg

Denmark won in 1988, 1989 and in 2010. In 2012 and 2013 Denmark were dark horses to win, but lost out to Austria’s Amour and Italy’s The Great Beauty.