by DARIUS LILES
The talented Neil Patrick Harris amazingly ushered 2015’s Oscars with political commentary and humor. With the Supreme Court still determining same-sex marriage, he not only served as an amazing host, but reminded everyone of the hard work still needed for all equality.
Oscars was full of reminders, with John Legend’s acceptance speech where he spoke on American voter’s right and the unproportional rate of incarcerated black men. He shared an Oscar with Common for their best original song “Glory”. The Best-Adapted Screenplay Winner, Graham Moore, had some words of encouragement for the people who feel left out. “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere—yes you do,” he said. “I promise you do, you do. Stay weird. Stay different. And when it’s your turn and you are standing on the stage please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.” After accepting an Oscar for Best Picture Iñárritu expressed these heartwarming words with the audience, “The ones that live in this country, who are part of the latest generation of immigrants, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect of the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.”
This years Oscars brought light to many issues we as America need to work on. Oscar nights usually do have their share of political posturing, but this was a particularly passionate evening.