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Oscars 2015: The best and worst moments

By Steve Tilley, Special to Postmedia Network

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The reason the Oscars last roughly 329 hours is there are so many categories to get through, from best actor to best adapted screenplay to best sound mixing in a short animated foreign documentary. So little time, so many egos to feed.

But as the 87th annual Academy Awards unspooled last night under the guidance of first-time Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris, not every achievement – including the dubious ones – went recognized. From the heartbreaking speeches to the flat-falling jokes, here’s a look at look at some of the best and not-so-best moments of the Oscars.

Best celebrity lookalike

... goes to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and The Avengers’ Scarlett Johansson. Both are supernaturally beautiful, both have cheekbones that could cut glass and both were rocking a side-buzzed, swept-back pompadour ’do at the Oscars. Levine wore it first, but we daresay ScarJo wore it better. It’s just too bad her dress was more Green Lantern than Black Widow.


Scarlett Johansson and Adam Levine on the red carpet. Reuters files

Worst joke payoff

… goes to Neil Patrick Harris, whose night-long Oscar predictions joke boiled down to a cheap magic trick and stuff people had been saying on Twitter for the last four hours.

Most inspirational message

… goes to The Imitation Game screenwriter Graham Moore, who revealed in his Oscar acceptance speech that he tried to kill himself when he was 16 because he felt like an outsider. “Stay weird, stay different,” he pleaded to young people who might be feeling lost, alone and without hope. Who’s chopping onions?

Worst definition of brave

… goes to Neil Patrick Harris for going on stage in his tighty whities for a comedy bit. Some folks on social media commented how brave Harris was to be practically naked on stage. Um, brave? If I had a body like that I’d never put on a shirt.

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Best gosh darn acceptance speech

… goes to Whiplash star J.K. Simmons, who, accepting the first Oscar of the night, praised his wife and his kids and told everyone watching at home, “If you're lucky enough to have a parent alive on this planet, call them – don't text them!” Minutes later, millions of moms across the world shouted at their kids, “Why are you interrupting my Oscars party?”

Best call to power

… goes to Patricia Arquette, who didn’t shy away from injecting a message into her best supporting actress acceptance speech, calling for equal pay for the working women of the U.S. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Hear hear, though we’d like to throw “and Canada” in there too, eh?

Worst spoiler

… goes to Anna Kendrick, for the lyric “… except for in Gone Girl when that lady slit your throat” during the opening number with Neil Patrick Harris. At least she didn’t specifically reveal that Rosamund Pike’s character faked her murder or anything! Whew.

Worst “in memoriam” snub

… Joan Rivers. In the segment devoted to those who passed away this past year, there were some very big names (Robin Williams, director and producer Mike Nichols) as well as casting agents, costume designers and actors you’ve never heard of. Rivers was not on that list.

Hottest mic

… goes to Terrence Howard, who seemed to be having some trouble collecting himself as he presented, and thwacked the wobbly microphone hard enough that Keira Knightley almost cringed. When you’ve startled Keira Knightley, you’ve done something very wrong.

Best glove-based Internet meme

… goes to Lady Gaga, whose odd red rubber gloves sparked some swift and snarky Photoshops. Wait, so we’re making fun of the woman who wore a dress made of meat because of some funny gloves? And besides, she KILLED it with the Sound of Music tribute.

Worst bad taste double whammy victim

… goes to the award for documentary short subject. Co-accepting the award for Crisis Hotine: Veterans Press 1, filmmaker Dana Perry spoke about the suicide of her son, as the producers tried to play her off in the middle of her emotional tribute. After sticking it through and saying “we should talk about suicide out loud,” the camera went back to Neil Patrick Harris, whose response was, “I love that dress.” Sometime it pays to read the temperature of the room before making a sassy remark.

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Best red carpet hashtag

… goes to Reese Witherspoon’s #askhermore, the Oscar-nominated Wild star’s bid to have the red carpet’s vapid celebrity reporters ask female nominees about more than who designed the dress they’re wearing. From Naomi Watts talking about the filmmaking techniques used in Birdman to Still Alice’s Julianne Moore discussing treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, it appears to have worked.

Biggest grin

… goes to Wes Anderson, who looked so completely, genuinely thrilled when his people won the Oscars for best costume design and best makeup. As costume designer Milena Canonero put it, “You are like a conductor, you are like a composer… you inspire all of us.” Awww.

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Most genuine speech

… goes to Ida director Paweł Pawlikowski, whose exuberant, rambling, off-the-cuff speech contrasted his quiet black-and-white film with this “epicentre of noise and world attention” and thanked everyone from his dead wife to his not-dead children. They tried to play him off but he didn’t seem to notice or care.

Best standing ovation

… goes to Common and John Legend for their rousing rendition of the Oscar-winning song Glory. Two-and-a-half hours into the Academy Awards, some soul finally showed up.

Creepiest John Travolta moment

… is a tough one to call. Was it him gazing at Benedict Cumberbatch during a crowd shot? Was it him smooching an unsuspecting and unimpressed Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet? Or pawing Frozen star Idina Menzel’s face while presenting? Let her go. Let her go.

Most awkward silence

… goes to Neil Patrick Harris and Steve Carell, for the “which one of us should be talking right now?” pause during NPH’s head-scratching bit in which he interviewed seat fillers, then asked Carell – after a weird, long pause – which famous person he was most excited to see. (Edward Norton, if you care. But you shouldn’t.)

Best cameo

… goes to Will Arnett, who donned a Batman costume for The LEGO Movie’s Everything is Awesome. “Darkness! No parents!”

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Best acting job of the night

… goes to every single nominee who has to appear to be thrilled when someone else wins. Haven’t seen grimaces that big since McDonald’s commercials from the ’80s.

Twitter: @stevetilley

steve.tilley@sunmedia.ca

 


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