The 87th Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris with his tightly secured Oscar predictions.


On Sunday February 22nd, 2015, The 87th Academy Awards, better known as The Oscars, were held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. As one of the largest, most famous, and most adored award shows of the American “award season”, all the celebrities and stars came out for the occasion.

The evening started on the beloved Red Carpet, where all the movie stars, award nominees, and celebrities strutted past hoards of photographers, posed for photos, and spoke with other members of the media. As always at an event of this magnitude, everyone was dressed to the nines, all wanting to become part of the public’s proverbial Best Dressed List. Many celebrities wore lavish outfits, and sported luxury brands of clothing many only dream of donning.

While all the attendees filed into the theatre for the show’s commencement, the “fashion police” went out on the case. Most focussed on what the women were wearing, as there was far more variation in their styles for the night. Every tiny detail of each outfit was critiqued, and while there were no awards for this part of the night, there were most definitely winners and losers.

Big “winners” for the night included Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, and the ever-popular Jennifer Lopez. Lady Gaga was praised for sticking to her edgy style, wearing large red rubber gloves, while still keeping it classy and formal in a custom-made Azzedine Alaïa dress. Jennifer Aniston, on the other hand, wore a shining Versace skin-tight dress, which, in the words of Antoinette Bueno “ruled the red carpet”. Finally, Jennifer Lopez strutted past photographers in a skin coloured dress with a large, sweeping neckline and a wide, expansive base.

The worst dressed for the evening were much more debatable, as everyone came out trying to look their best. However, many agreed that Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o did not live up to the standard set by others on the red carpet. Johansson was criticized for wearing an overbearing necklace piece, which Nyong’o’s entire outfit was described by Entertainment Tonight as “amazingly underwhelming”.

Inside the Dolby Theatre, Neil Patrick Harris hosted the festivities, and started the show off with a huge bang, showing off his Tony Award winning musical theatre skills in an astonishing opening number. Various dancers joined him on stage, as did the likes of Jack Black, and Anna Kendrick of Into The Woods.

As there always is at events such as The Oscars, many of those who were lucky enough to have time on the TV broadcast used it to promote an ideal of theirs. Patricia Arquette used her “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” acceptance speech to promote equal pay for women. Meanwhile, J.K. Simmons, the “Best Supporting Actor” from Whiplash used his speech to simply remind people to love their parents. Similarly, although not on stage at the microphone, many actors and actresses held Oscar trophies made of Lego bricks in protest of the insanely popular Lego Movie not receiving a nomination for “Best Animated Feature Film”.

At the end of the show, most awards went as predicted by many, and Neil Patrick Harris was able to host a show that delighted the masses in many entertaining ways.

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