The 87th Academy Awards was probably the most political and compelling in Oscars history - as stars took to the stage to preach about mental health, feminism and the civil rights movement in America.

There were tear-jerking acceptance speeches, a LOT of pity laughs and some very cringeworthy, awkward gaffes - which Neil Patrick Harris can take a lot of credit for.

This year's Oscars will live long in the memory... For both good and bad reasons.

Here are some of the highlights.

As if we needed any more reasons to love J Law…

Eddie Redmayne has a mini freak-out after he won 'Best Actor' Oscar for The Theory of Everything.

Patricia uses her speech to say that women in the U.S deserve equal pay - and Meryl Streep and J-Lo's reactions are priceless. Preach it, Patty!

Lady Gaga performs a tribute to 'The Sound of Music' in honour of the film's 50th anniversary - and Julie Andrews embraces her when she comes on stage.

Neil Patrick Harris performed a big song and dance to celebrate the history of Hollywood movies - From Singing in the Rain to Basic Instinct. He also appeared in his underwear later as a parody of a scene from award-winning film Birdman…

Common and John Legend triumphed in the 'Best Original Song' category with their work in Martin Luther King's biopic Selma. They dedicated their speech to the continuing struggle for equal rights for people of colour in the United States - and it went down a storm.

Graham Moore touched hearts across the world after admitting that he tried to commit suicide when he was sixteen when accepting the Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for The Imitation Game - a film about the mathematician that cracked the Nazi Enigma code during World War 2, who later killed himself after being prosecuted for being gay. He reached out to young people by begging them to "Stay weird. Stay different."

Sean Penn faced a backlash on social media after he joked: "Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?" in reference to Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu when he won 'Best Picture.' Yikes. Poor call.

Though Inarritu took his friend's joke in good spirits - he raised an important message in his speech by dedicating Birdman to his fellow Mexicans, calling for immigration reform and 'dignity and respect' towards the migrant community.

Common is so caught up in the excitement of winning 'Best Original Song' that he ducks a High Five from Queen Oprah - cue Twitter uproar, saying that the legendary chat show host "will disappear him" and that he "will never get a film role again."

Idina Menzel gets her own back on John Travolta's 'Adele Dazeem' blunder when announcing the singer's Oscar last year... by calling him 'Glom Gazingo' on stage. His subsequent priase overload and lacking understanding of personal space makes you squirm in your seat.

And Wes Anderson's clapping is just…. weird.