This year’s Oscars did not just serve as Sunday night entertainment. The star-studded event was filled to the brim with exceptional inspiration that even had the greatest of the greats jumping out of their seats.
When Patricia Arquette stood at the podium to accept her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie?Boyhood, she?recited?the usual thank yous and remarks on how blessed she is. However, she ended her speech with a powerful message and made the stage, the podium, and the Dolby Theatre a platform for women across the United States.
With a trembling voice and hands, she read:
“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 our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Did you tear up? I did. Maybe I’m oversensitive.
However, I’m not the only one who felt moved by the power in her words. Veteran actress, Meryl Streep, was caught on camera?clapping her hands together on the edge of her seat yelling “Yes!” in a manner that resembles a football fan watching the winning touchdown of the Superbowl, not that of an accomplished actress. This is after losing the award to Arquette herself. Jennifer Lopez can be seen clapping and yelling ecstatically also but still no where equal to the passion Streep displayed.
The Twitter universe and social media of course have responded with equal enthusiasm to Arquette’s speech and Streep’s ovation. If Arquette’s speech did not steal the show, surely Streep’s reaction did.
? Tony Broderick (@brod) February 23, 2015
Streep was quoted as saying Arquette’s speech, “Made my night!” They later shared a hug back stage according to Entertainment Wise with Arquette calling Streep “…the queen, the patron saint of all actresses.”
Watch Arquette’s resounding speech below! Also,?read more highlights on last night’s show here.