And the Oscar goes to…: The Academy Award Winners 2015

J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, and Eddie Redmayne

J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, and Eddie Redmayne

Last night, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) soared.  The film about the redemption of a Hollywood has-been won Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.  Over the last few weeks, Birdman has gained momentum by picking up the top prize from Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, and Producers Guild of America, to name a few.  It was probably this last minute push that allowed Birdman to win Best Picture over the early front-runner, Boyhood.

Boyhood only won Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette’s performance as a struggling single mother.  Her speech was one of the most talked about of the night.  Arquette took the time to point out the disparity in wages between women and men.  The audience whole heartedly agreed, especially Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez.  When Meryl Streep starts cheering for you that enthusiastically, you know you said something right.

Meryl Streep says, "You go, Girl!"

Meryl Streep says, “You go, Girl!”

J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a tyrannical music teacher in WhiplashWhiplash surprised many by walking away with three of the five awards it was nominated for, including Best Sound Mixing and Best Editing.

The leading actor categories each went to a depiction of physical or mental decline.  Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for his performance as physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.  Hawking was diagnosed with ALS in the early 1960s, and has been unable to speak with his own voice since 1985.  Julianne Moore took home the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a linguistic professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice.

The other big winner of the night was The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won four Oscars: Best Score, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design.  That sound of cheering you hear is managing editor of Moviefied NYC Myrna Duarte.  Her love of this film knows no bounds.  I actually have the sneaking suspicion that she may be receiving a percentage of the profits.

The award show itself was very underwhelming.  Host Neil Patrick Harris began with a strong opening number dedicated to movies.  After that initial performance, Harris’s jokes seemed forced and not very funny. He gave the impression that he got his jokes from a book on joke-telling.  The one bright spot was Harris’s spoof on Birdman.  Harris appeared on stage in a pair of tight white underwear after being locked out of his dressing room during a costume change.  He nailed it.

Neil Patrick Harris hosting

Neil Patrick Harris hosting

Below is a full list of night’s winners:

Birdman wins Best Picture

Birdman wins Best Picture

Best Picture

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore wins Best Actress

Julianne Moore wins Best Actress

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

J.K. Simmons accepting his Best Supporting Actor Award

J.K. Simmons accepting his Best Supporting Actor Award

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Patricia Arquette wins Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette wins Best Supporting Actress

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Best Adapted Screenplay

Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Animated Feature Film

Big Hero 6

 

Ida

Ida

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida (Poland)

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman

Whiplash

Whiplash

Best Editing

Tom Cross, Whiplash

Best Production Design

Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Costume Design

Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Common and John Legend perform "Glory".

Common and John Legend perform “Glory”.

Best Original Song

Common and John Legend, “Glory” from Selma

Best Sound Mixing

Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley, Whiplash

Best Sound Editing

Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, American Sniper

Interstellar

Interstellar

Best Visual Effects

Paul J. Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R. Fisher, Interstellar

Best Documentary Feature

Citizenfour

 Best Documentary Short

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

Feast

“Feast”

Best Animated Short

“Feast”

Best Live-Action Short

“The Phone Call”

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