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14 Issue 73 / 2015 FILM ….pretty much everyone we thought it would actually. Winners, losers, weirdoes, we run down cinema's biggest night. In case you've been living uner a rock, here's what went down at the 87th Annual Academy Awards: So predictable *yawn* Just like most of the awards season, the Oscars were a largely predictable affair. The acting gongs went exactly where everyone thought they would go. Perhaps Birdman scooping the big ones was mildly surprising, but realistically it was only ever between Birdman and Boyhood for those awards anyway. No Crash over Brokeback Mountain debacle up in here. Making a statement on Oscar night Before the show even got underway, Reese Witherspoon was promoting the #AskHerMore campaign, which called for women on the red carpet to be asked more interesting questions than just "who are you wearing?" There was no mani-cam in sight so it must've worked. In his acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, Graham Moore spoke about touchingly about teen awkwardness and suicide, "When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself … And now I'm standing here … for that kid out there who thinks she's weird or she's different or she doesn't fit in anywhere. Yes you do." Patricia Arquette used her 90 seconds to demand equal rights and equal pay for women, causing Meryl Streep to woop wildly, a woop will that live on forever as a GIF. She probably should have zipped it there, as in the press room she went on to say that it was time for gay people and people of colour to fight for women too, like gay people and people of colour aren't also women. Oops. Common and John Legend delivered the best speeches of the night, hands down, after their Best Song win for 'Glory' from Selma. The pair spoke honestly and eloquently about the struggle for freedom and justice that black Americans still face. Seriously, this one is worth looking up in full. #OscarsSoWhite The lack of diversity at this year's awards was still as glaring as when the nominations were announced. Host Neil Patrick Harris tried to inject some humour into it, opening the show with "Welcome to the 87th Oscars. Tonight we honour Hollywood's best and whitest – sorry, brightest." Tackling the situation with comedy was sorta working, until Sean Penn went and spoiled it all – before presenting Alejandro González Iñárritu with the Best Picture Oscar, he "jokingly" asked "Who gave this sonofabitch a green card?" The pair are friends, having worked together on 21 Grams, but given the whiteness of the whole awards it was an uncomfortable quip. Not to mention, he kind of shit on his big moment. Not cool, Penn. Pretty pale on the red carpet too Pale was the go-to shade for the red carpet, but at least it's ok there. Varying colours from ice white to blush pink were deployed, and even the lads were getting in on the action – Benedict Cumberbatch went for the white tux jacket, Kevin Hart opted for the full white suit, and Jared Leto rocked a lilac two-piece. John Travolta got super weird After epically flubbing his lines at last year's ceremony, Travolta decided to take the weirdness up a gear. He was all over Scarlett Johansson like a massive creeper as she posed on the red carpet, and he touched Idina Menzel's face far too many times as the duo presented Best Song (only after she introduced him as "Glom Gazingo", revenge for the infamous "Adele Dazeem" incident.) Glom Gazingo, yep, that about sums him up. Lady Gaga showed zero weirdness Gaga managed to shock everyone by doing absolutely nothing shocking during her Sound of Music tribute. No vomit paint, just a serious set of pipes. Gaga can SING. Memorial tribute omissions, pt II It seems no awards show can quite get this one right. After glaring omissions at the BAFTAs, the Oscars decided to follow suit by leaving Joan Rivers out of their In Memoriam section. Not only had she appeared in several films, she was the woman who turned the red carpet into an event. Outrageous. Glory Common and John Legend's stunning performance of 'Glory' brought the audience inside the theatre, and a fair few outside, to tears. This plus their acceptance speeches were the best things of the entire night, bringing a little dignity and meaning to the event. Proper powerful stuff. And the OscAr gOes tO...

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