Oscars 2015: The winners and the losers


The 87th Academy Awards wrapped up earlier this morning with only a few surprises. Deemed by many to be a two horse race between Boyhood and Birdman, the latter ended up coming out on top with not only a win for Best Picture but also Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film also scooped up awards for Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay. Best Adapted Screenplay meanwhile went to Graham Moore for his work on The Imitation Game, which faced off against the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash. 

In fact, a fairly diverse spread of winners ensured that not a single one of the eight Best Picture Nominees went home empty handed, with Selma picking up Best Original Song for Glory, American Sniper being awarded Best Sound Editing, J.K Simmons taking home Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash (which also won Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing), and Patrica Arquette winning Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Boyhood. Eddie Redmayne meanwhile earned a Leading Actor gong for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel managed to tie with Birdman for the most wins, with Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Make-up and Hair-styling and Best Production Design all coming under it’s belt.

Elsewhere Julianne Moore won Best Leading Actress for Still Alice, as the evening went off almost entirely as expected. Interstellar predictably went on to beat off Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for best visual effects, the Polish Ida was awarded best foreign language film and CitizenFour received the Oscar for Best Documentary feature. If there was any surprise it was Disney’s Big Hero 6 taking the prize for best animated feature, an award seemingly destined at first for The Lego Movie, and then for How to Train Your Dragon 2 after Lego’s shocking snub.

Another surprise took the form of the divisive hosting from Neil Patrick Harris, who was criticized by some for his strange delivery and uneasy comedic timing. On a similar note, audiences were treated to an awkward and uncomfortable encounter between Idina Menzel and John Travolta, which culminated in a downright bizarre moment in which Travolta began touching Menzel’s face for whatever reason, something that NPH would later refer to toward the ceremony’s conclusion.

Still there were the musical performances which mostly went down well, especially John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn’s rousing rendition of Glory, and the positively infectious Everything Is Awesome, which came complete with suitably frenetic choreography and vibrant visuals.

The Full List of Winners:

Best Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
American Sniper

Best Director
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Alejandro G Inarritu – Birdman
Morten Tyldum – The Theory of Everything
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

Best Leading Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything 
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

Best Leading Actress
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice 
Reese Witherspoon – Wild


Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
JK Simmons – Whiplash 
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Best Supporting Actress
Emma Stone – Birdman
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood 
Laura Dern – Wild
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Best Original Screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo – Birdman – 
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Futterman & E. Max Frye – Foxcatcher

Best Adapted Screenplay
Jason Hall – American Sniper
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game 
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6 
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Boxtrolls
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best Foreign Language Film
Ida (Poland) 
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat 
The Imitation Game, Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar, Hans Zimmer
Mr Turner, Gary Yershon
The Theory of Everything, Jóhann Jóhannsson


Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman 
Roger Deakins – Unbroken
Robert D. Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Łukasz Żal &Ryszard Lenczewski – Ida
Dick Pope – Mr Turner

Best Documentary
The Salt of the Earth
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper 
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods 
Mr. Turner 

Best Original Song
Lost Stars – Begin Again
Everything Is Awesome – The Lego Movie
Glory – Selma 
Grateful – Beyond the Lights
I’m Not Gonna Miss You – Glenn Campbell… I’ll Be Me

Best Visual Effects
Captain America:The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Film Editing
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr Turner


Best Animated Short
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Short Film Live Action
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call 

Best Documentary Short
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth


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