Selma's 'Glory,' And 3 Other Oscar Moments That Made Us Feel

Equality for all.

1. Patricia Arquette calls for equal rights for women.


Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood, but it wasn't her laundry list of cast and crew to thank that got the most attention. Arquette abruptly shifted the attention to the need for gender equality. 

"To every woman that gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America"

If a passionate appeal for equal rights for all isn't enough for you, here's a reminder that Meryl Streep essentially fist pumped in the name of girl power. 

4. Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne bring attention to illness.

The winners for Best Actress and Best Actor both took a moment to advocate for illness during their acceptance speeches. Julianne Moore won for her role in "Still Alice," a film about a woman with early onset Alzheimer's. In her speech she said, "People with Alzheimer's deserve to be seen so we can find a cure."

Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne depicted famed physicist Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," and he dedicated his win to Hawking and those living with ALS. He promised to be the Oscar's custodian because, in his eyes, the award belongs to them.

7. Graham Moore tells us to "stay weird."

Graham Moore accepted the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Imitation Game," and his speech carried an important message. "The Imitation Game" is the life story of Alan Turing, a World War II code breaker who was prosecuted for homosexuality and later committed suicide. After revealing that he tried to commit suicide when he was 16, Moore wanted any young viewers to know that it gets better.

"I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn't fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along."

10. John Legend and Common bring the audience to tears.

John Legend and Common's performance of "Glory" from "Selma" was one of the most memorable moments of the night. The song, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song, reminds us that the fight for equality is far from over. The two took the stage with a backdrop of the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge, flanked by a choir marching with them in solidarity. The powerful moment brought "Selma" star David Oyelowo to tears, not to mention everyone watching from their couches at home.


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