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The 87th annual Oscars took Hollywood on one emotional ride. Neil Patrick Harris hosted Hollywood’s biggest night, where touching moments both influenced and inspired.
The Hollywood Reporter looks back at the moving Oscar moments below.
David Oyelowo, Chris Pine and Carmen Ejogo Tear Up After Glory Performance
Tears ran down the faces of David Oyelowo, Chris Pine and Carmen Ejogo after John Legend and Common performed a powerful version of their Oscar-winning song, “Glory.” The musicians performed the track from Selma with a choir who re-enacted the historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge led by Martin Luther King Jr.
J.K. Simmons Thanks His Parents
The best supporting actor winner gave a heartfelt speech thanking his wife and kids and, most importantly, his parents. “If you’re lucky enough to have a parent alive on this planet — or two — call them,” said Simmons. The actor also reminded the new generation to call instead of text.
Tim McGraw Performs a Tribute to Glen Campbell
The country star performed Glen Campbell‘s Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which was featured in Campbell’s biographical film Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. Campbell wasn’t able to attend the awards ceremony due to his deteriorating health (he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease), so McGraw sung the emotional lyrics in his honor.
Big Hero 6 Winners’ Wives Shed Tears
The wives of Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall, Chris Williams and producer Roy Conli cried upon seeing their husbands receive their first Oscars. The Disney film won for best animated feature.
Graham Moore Admits He Tried to Kill Himself
The Imitation Game screenwriter Graham Moore offered a heartbreaking confession when he accepted the Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
“When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself, because I felt weird and I felt different,” said Moore. “Now I’m standing here, so I would like 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 anymore. … Stay weird, stay different and then when you are standing on this stage, please pass this same message to the next person who comes along.”
Robin Williams, Ruby Dee Were Remembered in the Academy’s “In Memoriam” Segment
Meryl Streep introduced the tribute to Hollywood’s losses over the past year, including Mickey Rooney, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall and Maya Angelou. “Through their work, they shared a piece of their soul, and so we will miss them with the sadness that we miss an old friend,” said Streep. “There will never be anyone like them.” The tribute concluded with a touching performance from Jennifer Hudson.
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