Top moments of Hollywood’s big night at the Oscars

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Hollywood is buzzing after the film industry’s biggest night. The stars were out the Academy Awards. Some soared to the top snagging Oscars while others went home disappointed. CCTV America’s May Lee reported this story from Hollywood.

Top moments of Hollywood's big night at the Oscars

Hollywood is buzzing after the film industry's biggest night. The stars were out, sparkling in full force, for the Academy Awards. Some soared to the top snagging Oscars while others, went home disappointed. CCTV America's May Lee reported this story from Hollywood.

For nominees like Steve Carrell, nothing compares to the Oscars.

“I’m just trying to memorize this whole experience because I know it’s such a once in a lifetime thing,” said Carrell who was nominated for best actor.

Hanging over this year’s Oscars is the controversy over the lack of diversity. Although Reese Witherspoon was a nominee for best actress, she wants women to have a bigger voice.

“It’s hard to be a women in Hollywood or any industry so it’s exciting for me to talk to other nominees for all the hard work they did,” Witherspoon said.

Unfortunately, the rain came down during the red carpet and at times leaked through the tents that were put up for protection, but as all the stars safely made it inside it was time to get on with the show.

First time host Neil Patrick Harris kicked things off by addressing the diversity issue with humor.

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

As expected the first big award went to JK Simmons for best supporting actor in “Whiplash.”

Patricia Arquette continued her streak with the win for best supporting actress for “Boyhood.” She too pointed out the need for women to be more empowered.

“It’s our time to have equal rights it’s time for women to have equal pay in the United States of America,” said Arquette.

Five time best actress nominee Julianne Moore finally took home the golden statue for “Alice” and she honored her fellow nominees.

“There’s no such thing as best actress as is evidenced with my fellow nominees,” said best actress Julianne Moore.
The best actor race, which was very tight, was won by Eddie Redmayne for the “Theory of Everything.”

The final award of the night was best picture, which most insiders narrowed down to two nominees with Birdman taking home the win.

Selma was a best picture nominee, but its only other nomination was for best song. Its director and lead actor were snubbed, which led to calls of racism.

The song Glory did take home the Oscar and given the constant cries for equality and more diversity, tonight’s performance by Common and John Legend was, perhaps, the most powerful moment of the evening.