Here Are 7 Causes You Are Going To Fight For After Watching The Oscars

Gender equality, racial equality, Alzheimer's, ALS and calling one's parents!
By Jonathan Harris
  • 1. Equal Rights for Women

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    Patricia Arquette ended her Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech with a call for gender equality.

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  • 2. Sanitation in the Developing World

    Everyone remembered Arquette’s call for equal rights for women, but fewer could recall that just before that, she talked about her organization for bringing sanitation to underdeveloped communities around the world, which she performs through

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  • 3. ALS

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    Though it probably won’t raise as much money for ALS as the Ice Bucket Challenge did, Eddie Redmayne dedicated his Best Actor Oscar to individuals around the world suffering from ALS.

  • 4. Voting Rights, Freedom of Expression and Social Justice

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    Common and John Legend won Oscars for their original song for Selma, “Glory.” The powerful performance culminated in this acceptance speech where the two vowed to stand with those who are fighting for equal rights and their freedom of expression around the world.

    Side note: can you imagine seeing this performance and then NOT giving them the award? What the hell would have happened if “Everything Is Awesome” won?

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  • 5. Teen Suicide

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    Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay for writing The Imitation Game. He told the audience that he had tried to kill himself when he was 16 because he felt he didn’t belong. To the outcast teenagers of today, he said, “Stay Weird. Stay Different.”

    Side note: Many had assumed after this speech that Moore is gay. He told Buzzfeed that that’s not the case:

    “I’m not gay, but I’ve never talked publicly about depression before or any of that and that was so much of what the movie was about and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much. I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons. Alan had his share of them and I had my own and that’s what always moved me so much about his story.”

  • 6. Alzheimer’s Disease

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    In her acceptance speech for Best Actress, Julianne Moore said she hoped her film Still Alice would shine a light on Alzheimer’s Disease, as so many with the disease feel isolated and marginalized.

  • 7. And, of course, call your parents once in awhile

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    Is it Cause Of The Night? Probably not, but J.K. Simmons asked everyone out there whose parents are still living to call them and “listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”