Birdman was the big winner last night as Hollywood gathered to celebrate the 87th Academy Awards. It took the Oscars in four categories: Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Cinematography, and Best Original Screenplay.
The Grand Budapest Hotel also took home four awards, including Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, and Production Design. Meanwhile, there was plenty of success for Whiplash, including Best Supporting Actor (JK Simmons), Film Editing, and Sound Mixing.
Many expected Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s brainchild that was 12 years in the making, to be a frontrunner, but those involved had to be consoled with just a single award. Patricia Arquette took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Eddie Redmayne added an Oscar to his collection for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The 33-year-old actor’s performance has also earned him Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA trophies.
Julianne Moore was keen to acknowledge her fellow nominees in the Best Actress category, which included Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), and Reese Witherspoon (Wild). In accepting her Oscar, she said, “There is no such thing as best actress — as is evidenced by the performances of my fellow nominees.”
2015 Oscar Winners
Best Picture – Birdman
Best Actress – Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Directing – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Animated Feature Film - Big Hero 6
Documentary Feature – Citizenfour
Foreign Language Film – Ida (Poland)
Adapted Screenplay – Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, Birdman
Original Score – Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Original Song – “Glory” from Selma
Film Editing – Whiplash
Production Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Sound Editing – American Sniper
Sound Mixing – Whiplash
Visual Effects – Interstellar
Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Costume Design – Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Makeup and Hairstyling – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Animated Short Film – Feast
Live Action Short Film – The Phone Call
Documentary Short Subject – Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1