The most wonderful night of the year… Oscars!

Every year all of the biggest names in film join together to honor the season’s best performances… and make dreams come true for movie buffs like me.

This year I wanted to have a viewing party, to celebrate one of my favorite nights of the year with some of my favorite people.

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My roommate and I decided to get a little cutesy with our party’s offerings, creating a menu inspired by some of the nominees.

IMG_6747Our final menu consisted of: Wild greens, (Rice Krispies) treats from Boyhood, hair as gold as corn…bread [for Into the Woods], a Cumberbatch of brownies [for The Imitation Game], fried chicken wings and drumsticks [in honor of Birdman and Whiplash], and Courtesan au Chocolat [from The Grand Budapest Hotel].

We also had a signature cocktail for the event, playing on the comeback theme of this year’s ceremony we opted for a ‘Comeback Kid’ cocktail, choosing the Manhattan, which is apparently making a reemergence right now.

Once all of the food was arranged and our guests had arrived,  we settled in to check out the show, which had Neil Patrick Harris at the helm.IMG_6752

To my surprise the How I Met Your Mother star’s performance was mostly ill received, because my guests and I thought he basically pulled it off.

I enjoyed his opening monologue, specifically the part where he and Anna Kendrick were interrupted by a disgruntled Jack Black, who took to the stage in his own musical number.

My friends and I were thrilled with the intrusion, which, I must admit, left us all dying for a screening of School of Rock.

The rest of the show had its share of ups and downs, but the following are a few of my favorite moments from the broadcast.

When accepting his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, Graham Moore touched audiences with his moving speech about suicide awareness.

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“I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I’m standing here,” he said. “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along.”

Ray of light Julianne Moore also had us tearing up when she took the stage for her acceptance speech for Best Actress for her performance as a linguistic professor diagnosed with Alzheimers in Still Alice.

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She started it off with a joke, noting: “I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer. If that’s true, I’d really like to thank the Academy, because my husband is younger than me.”

After thanking and honoring the other nominees, she inspired aws by adding: “And finally, for my husband Bart, and our children Cal and Liv, thank you for my life. Thank you for giving me a home.” Aw!

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Eddie Redmayne wins the award for most adorable acceptance speech, as he was so surprised and honored he had to take a minute to celebrate before really being able to begin his speech.

The Brit, who wonderfully portrayed the amazing life of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, dedicated the award to all sufferers of ALS, adding of the award: “I will be its custodian.”

Lastly, Patricia Arquette made an unforgettable speech as she took to the stage to accept her award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood.

I wasn’t surprised that she won the award (she totally deserved it), and I wasn’t surprised she made a great speech (all of her speeches have been a delight), but I wasn’t expecting the amazing women’s rights moment.

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She began with her crumpled piece of paper, unfolding it to thank a list of people, including the cast and crew of Boyhood, and her friends and family “who all work so hard to make this world a better place.”

And then she followed suit, changing direction to shout: “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” she said. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!”

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Not only was it a brilliant moment for her impassioned words, but she also brought us one of the best and most gif-able moment of the Oscars: Meryl Streep nearly hopping out of her chair in excitement, while her seat mate, Jennifer Lopez cheered.

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Enjoying the performance with some good friends, via @candywashington

It was a night of highs and lows, of bold fashion choices, and inspiring, heartfelt speeches, and I can’t wait to see what the next year’s broadcast will bring.

Until next year,

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