The Best Speeches from the Oscars 2015

2 March 2015

The Oscars are known for their recognition on visual storytelling, and for the fashionable attire. It's what journalists and showbiz enthusiasts look forward to every single year. But how many people have been paying attention to what the speakers at the event were saying? Some of the speeches given this year by the winners were absolutely golden. And yet - I haven't heard or seen anything much about them since. So in honour of those incredible speeches from this year's Oscar winners, here's their moment of glory! 

Graham Moore
When the director of Imitation Game took to the stage to accept his award winning Oscar trophy, Graham Moore confessed to the world that at one point of his life, he was on the verge of suicide. It was one of the most surprising confessions I've heard in a long time. His life and legacy is proof of where you could be, if you pull through the hardships, and work towards a goal bigger than you and life itself. No matter how defeated you feel, how lowly you think of yourself, you can prove yourself wrong. You don't know what you're capable of. You never know what you can achieve if you don't give yourself the chance to try. So just try, and be who you're meant to become. You never know where you could end up standing.

Patricia Arquette 
Despite the fact that it's almost been 100 years since women received the right to vote, we still have a lot way to go to get to gender quality. We have come so far, and yet we still have a battle right in front of us, if we truly want women and men to be treated as equals in society. The decisions we make today affect a future generation yet to come, and this passionate speech by Patricia - fully backed by J-Lo and Meryl Streep - was just another friendly reminder, that now is the time to act. Now is the time to take a stand.
John Legend and Lonnie Lynn
The singing duo, John Legend and Lonnie Lynn aka Common, took to the stage to perform their smash hit Glory - a powerful ballad telling the struggles of nation attempting to fight for civil rights. The pair spoke of how Martin Luther King fought for freedom, for civil rights, for racial equality between divided peer groups. But the most powerful thing said by John Legend is that this war is far from over. "Selma is now" - and he couldn't be more right. It's no good honouring Martin Luther King in spirit, without honouring and representing the principles he stood by. And the way to do that by working towards the goal he envisioned many years ago. People are still judged and discriminated by the colour of their skin. That is not okay. It's time to face these prejudices and change perception - once and for all.
So, what were your favourite moments from the Oscars?

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