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Top 5 Oscar Human Rights Moments

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The 2015 Oscar's were full of your typical noteworthy fashion hits and misses, awkward red carpet moments and powerful musical performances. What many did not expect, however, was the increased emphasis given to critical issues of human rights during the award-winning acceptance speeches by celebreties. Here is a list of the top five Oscar human rights moments in 2015:

1) Boyhood's Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette's call for gender pay equality
“It is our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America!” - Patricia Arquette
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/22/patricia-arquette-best-supporting-actress_n_6715610.html

2) Selma's Best Original Song: Common and John Legend's speech
"This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings.” - John Legend
Read more: http://time.com/3717055/oscars-2015-best-original-song-john-legend-common-selma/

3) Imitation Game's Best Adapted Screenplay winner: Graham Moore's speech #stayweird

"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 this moment to be for this 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 same message to the next person who comes along." - Graham Moore
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/graham-moores-stay-weird-oscar-speech-2015-2#ixzz3Sg4iR0qP

4) Citizenfour Best Documentary director Laura Poitras' speech:
"The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don't only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself. When the most important decisions being made affecting all of us are made in secret, we lose our ability to check the powers that control." - Laura Poitras

5) Birdman's Best Picture director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu's speech celebrating U.S. heritage as an immigrant nation.

"I want to dedicate this award for my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico... I pray that we can find and build the government that we deserve. And the ones that live in this country who are part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and the respect of the ones who came before and (built) this incredible immigrant nation." - Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu

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