Top 5 Moments for Women at the Oscars
1. Patricia Arquette rallied for equal pay. After winning Best Supporting Actress for “Boyhood,” Patricia Arquette made use of her public platform with a statement on gender equality. “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” The crowd erupted into cheers, as Meryl Streep and J.Lo perfectly encapsulated our reaction at home.
2. Before the show, #AskHerMore trended on Twitter and the red carpet. Throughout award season, a group of organizations have urged red carpet reporters to ask women more than “who you’re wearing.” At the Oscars, Robin Roberts did an especially good job asking actors about their work. She even asked Reese Witherspoon about #AskHerMore, and the actress explained, ““This is a movement to say we’re more than just our dresses. We’re so happy to be here and talk about the work we’ve done. It’s hard being a woman in Hollywood or in any industry, so it’s exciting for me to get to talk to other nominees about the hard work they did.”
3. The documentary winners were all women. Director Ellen Goosenberg Kent and producer Dana Perry won Best Documentary Short Subject for their film “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” which focused on the Veterans Crisis Line in Canandaigua, New York. “This honor really goes to the veterans and their families who are brave enough to ask for help,” Goosenberg Kent said.
Director Laura Poitras accepted the award for Best Documentary for “Citizenfour,” a film about Edward Snowden and the NSA spying revelations. Snowden wrote in response to the news, “My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.”
4. Lady Gaga and Julie Andrews joined forces. Lady Gaga performed a series of songs from The Sound of Music in honor of the film’s 50th anniversary. It was Gaga like we’ve never seen her before—a showcase of her vocal talent more than any spectacle. After her final note of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” she was joined onstage by Julie Andrews, who thanked her for the “wonderful tribute.” “It really warmed my heart.”
5. Julianne Moore won her first Oscar for “Still Alice,” playing Alice Howland, a Columbia linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. In her acceptance speech, Moore said she was grateful that “Still Alice” helped shine a light on Alzheimer’s. “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. People with Alzheimer’s deserve to be be seen, so that we can find a cure.”