‘BIRDMAN’ TAKES BEST PICTURE AND MORE AT 87TH ACADEMY AWARDS

February 23, 2015

Neil Patrick Harris opened the 2015 Oscars with a song by the “Let It Go” team called “Moving Pictures.” He was joined by Anna Kendrick and Jack Black singing about the magic of cinema which also featured dancing storm troopers.

Over the course of the night, Neil managed to work in quips about some of the nomination snubs including David Oyelow and The Lego Movie.

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The night’s big winner appeared to be Birdman which nabbed both the Best Picture and Best Director award for Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film also took home awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

  • The acting categories went to Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne for Best Actress and Actor as well as J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette for their supporting roles.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel scored four awards — Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Production Design.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

  • J.K. Simmons telling everyone to call their parents.
  • Best Foreign Film winner, Pawel Pawlikowski, not stopping his speech when the wrap up music came on.
  • Tegan and Sara performing “Everything is Awesome” live with Lonely Island.
  • Best Live Action Short Film winner, Mat Kirby, getting excited that his Oscar will get him free donuts.
  • Neil pulling a Birdman by doing a bit in his tighty whities.
  • Idina Menzel reuniting with John Travolta and purposely mispronouncing his name.
  • Julie Andrews embracing Lady Gaga after her Sound of Music tribute performance.

WINNERS LIST

Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, Birdman
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Documentary Feature: CITIZENFOUR
Best Animated Feature: Big Hero 6
Best Film Editing: Whiplash
Best Original Song: “Glory” from Selma (written by Common and John Legend)
Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper
Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
Best Short Film, Live Action: The Phone Call
Best Short Film, Animated: Feast
Best Documentary, Short Subject: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press

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