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It was a night for highlighting gender inequality and those who feel isolated with Patricia Arquette using her speech to highlight the former and Julianne Moore for shining a light on Alzheimer’s.
In a repeat of the Golden Globes and the Baftas awards, the Oscars followed suit, further emphasising the fact that, over the last 12 months, Julianne Moore is considered to be best actress (for her performance in Still Alice) and Eddie Redmayne best actor (for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything).
To most this was not a surprise and is a repeat of last year where Cate Blanchett received a similar groundswell of support for her role in Blue Jasmine. Blanchett had won best actress at The Globes and The Baftas before going on to win The Oscar in the same category. in 2012 Daniel Day Lewis also received across-the-board support for his role as Lincoln.
Moore, who portrays a linguistics professor with the early onset of Alzheimer’s highlighted the disease further in saying that “So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized,” she said, adding that movies make people feel seen and not alone. “and people with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen so we can find a cure.”
Patricia Arquette, who on best supporting actress for Boyhood, used her speech to highlight gender inequality in pay for actors and for women in wider society. In an impassioned speech, that received wild cheers from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopex, she concluded by saying “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
All the results can be found at the Oscars website and this concludes a heady round of film of industry self congratulation where two actors – at different stages of their career – have had an incredible year.
Copyright Speakers Corner 2017