The glitz and glamour of the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood was overshadowed by some unexpected issues on Sunday, with diversity and politics coming to the fore.
Among the themes that punctuated the event at the 3,300-seat Dolby Theater was wage equality, driven by a plea from actress Patricia Arquette during her acceptance speech for best supporting actress.
Arquette won the award for her role as a struggling single mother in the film "Boyhood." After taking the stage, she used her time in the spotlight to call for equal pay for women.
"To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's rights...It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America," she said at the event.
Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez led the subsequent applause, as the audience responded to Arquette's words. The former leapt to her feet and cheered the call for women's rights, and the Associated Press later reported that Streep told Arquette backstage that the comments had "made (her) night."