Actors, actresses use Oscars as platform for change

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LOS ANGELES – The stars came out to watch the Oscars, but several winners took time to bring attention to issues the country is facing.

Sean Penn caused a stir when presenting the Oscar for ‘Best Picture.’

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won the award for “Birdman,” who made a joke about how the U.S. government may have to impose immigration rules on the academy.

However, he also said that he hopes that today’s immigrant population “can be treated with the same dignity and respect” as our ancestors who built this country.

While accepting a ‘Best Actress’ Oscar, Julianne Moore said the movie “Still Alice” puts a spotlight on Alzheimer’s.

In addition to Moore’s speech, Eddie Redmayne won ‘Best Actor’ for “The Theory of Everything.”

Redmayne dedicated his award to “people around the world battling ALS.”

On a different note, Graham Moore, who won the Oscar for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay,’ brought attention to suicide.

Moore used his time on stage to speak to children who may feel different or “weird.”

Patricia Arquette’s ‘Best Supporting Actress’ speech talked about wage equality for women.

“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen in this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality in the U.S.,” Arquette said.

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