Oscars 2015: what you need to know

Patricia Arquette did a rousing speech, Meryl Streep and J-Lo became best buddies and there were Lego statuettes

Social media has become a massive part of the Oscars – and now some of the best moments of the ceremony come from the celebrities' own Instagram and Twitter feeds (remember Ellen DeGeneres's selfie last year?)

So, what happened this year?

Reese Witherspoon took a red carpet selfie

Reese Witherspoon takes a selfie


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Patricia Arquette got political

The actress used her winner's speech for Best Supporting Actress (for Boyhood ) to talk about equal pay: "To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation. We have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America."

Which got this amazing reaction from Meryl Streep

Twitter loved it.

There was general relief for Alexandre Desplat

The composer had been nominated for an Oscar seven times before, so everyone breathed a sigh of relief when he finally got his hands on that statuette.

John Travolta tongue-twisters

At last year's ceremony, John Travolta famously had trouble saying Idina Menzel's name. Which gave rise to much merriment this year, including this tongue-twister tweet by photograph and filmmaker Michael Deppisch

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J-Lo and Meryl Strep became selfie-buddies

 

MERYL STREEP #oscars #oscarlegend #needsomeofthatoscarjuju lol

A photo posted by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) onFeb 22, 2015 at 7:21pm PST

 

Everyone was really happy for Eddie Redmayne  

Not least the man he portrayed in The Theory of Everything , Stephen Hawking, who has this to say on Facebook: 

 



#AskHerMore

And all evening this hashtag was trending. It came out of a campaign started by The Representation Project last year and highlighted the fact that women on the red carpets are always asked about what they're wearing, their hair, make-up and nails.

Ahead of the ceremony, Reese Witherspoon posted this picture: