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The very best moments from this year's Oscars ceremony.

We’re calling it. This year’s Oscars were the best Oscars we’ve ever seen.

From the spectacular red carpet (that was SANS mani-cam), to the fuck-yeah! acceptance speech by Patricia Arquette, it was pretty hard to choose just 8 best moments.

But for you, friends, we have done the almost-impossible…

(Oh, and if you missed the red carpet, here are ALL the dresses.) Post continues after gallery.

1. Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress.

Patricia won a well-deserved Oscar for her role in Boyhood, and she took the opportunity to deliver an empowering speech on the gender pay gap and women’s equality. Read the whole awesome speech here.

Oh, it also got this reaction from Meryl Streep. Yeah!

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2. Lady Gaga’s performance of Sound of Music, followed by Julie Andrews joining her onstage

Lady Gaga gave it to absolutely anyone who has ever doubted her wondrous musical ability by absolutely belting out The Hills are Alive from The Sound of Music... before she was joined onstage by Julie Andrews, who was just as blown away as the rest of the audience.

3. John Travolta presenting an award with Adele Dazeem and touching her face… weird.

Who could forget last year when John Travolta introduced Frozen‘s Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem: it’s down in Oscar’s history books as one of the most awkward faux pas of all time. Well, The Academy knew how much we loved it and decided to recreate the moment by having John and Idina present together. This involved a lot of face touching by Travolta. It was gloriously weird.

Wisely, he let her announce the name.

Brilliantly, Neil Patrick Harris’s Oscar predictions list addressed the bizarre face touching. “John will be back next year to apologise to Idina for touching her face.”

4. Neil Patrick Harris joking about how white the Oscars are

Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with a joke about the white washing of the awards this year.

“Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest. Sorry, brightest,” he said.

Sad, but so on-point.

5. In fact, his entire opening sequence was hilarious… including a brilliant performance by Anna Kendrick.

Anna Kendrick joined Neil Patrick Harris on stage for an impromptu (very scripted) musical number. Just perfect.

6. The brought-us-to-tears speech by Graham Moore, winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game speech.

Graham Moore’s emotional speech was about his suicide attempt as a teenager. He addressed his award to all the people who think they don’t fit in. It was brilliant.

“So here’s the thing: Alan Turing never got to stand on a stage like this and look out on all of these disconcertingly attractive faces. I do. And that’s the most unfair thing I think I’ve ever heard. So, in this brief time here, what I want to use it to do is to say this: When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself. Because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here. And, so, 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. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then, when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the message to the next person who comes along.”

7. Eddie Redmayne winning Best Actor and freaking the freak out.

We knew it. We loved the movie. We love Eddie. Brilliantly deserved.

8. John Legend and Common performed Glory, brought the room to tears.

Singer John Legend and rapper Common brought the room to tears with their performance of Glory, the theme from Selma. They won the statue for Best Original Score straight after their powerful performance.

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