It was a night to celebrate movies. But if there was a lesson for organizations, it was this: Good storytelling gives you a platform to call attention to what truly matters to you. And at the 2015 Academy Awards, what mattered was causes.
We counted seven causes highlighted by winners during their acceptance speeches. Here’s a breakdown of the causes, advocates and quotes.
Wage Equality Advocate: Patricia Arquette, best supporting actress for “Boyhood.” “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It is our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for all women in America!”
Suicide Prevention Advocate: Graham Moore, best adapted screenplay for “The Imitation Game.” “When I was 16, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. I would like this moment to be for the kid out there who feels like she’s weird and different and feels like she doesn’t belong. Yes, you do.”
Right to Privacy Advocate: Laura Poitras, best documentary for “Citizenfour.” “The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don’t only expose threats to our privacy but to our democracy.”
Immigration Advocate: Alejandro González Iñárritu, accepting the best picture award for “Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” His hope that immigrants “can be treated with the same dignity and respect of the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.”
Alzheimer’s Advocate: Julianne Moore, best actress for “Still Alice.” “People with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen.”
Lou Gehrig’s Disease Advocate: Eddie Redmayne, best actor for “The Theory of Everything.” “Please know this — that I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. This belongs to all of the people around the world battling ALS.”
Civil Rights Advocates: John Legend, who accepted with the rapper Common for best original song, “Glory,” from “Selma.” “We say that ‘Selma’ is now because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justices where we live in the most incarcerated country in the world.”