The Academy Awards 2015: And the Oscar Goes To…

1us-cinema-oscars-featureSo last night was the 87th Academy Awards celebration, and I’m happy to report that the big winner of the night was the exceptional Birdman, taking home trophies for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Cinematography. The biggest snub of the night went to Michael Keaton, who lost in the Best Actor category to The Theory of Everything‘s Eddie Redmayne for his performance as Stephen Hawking. Probably the only other big surprise of the evening was in the animated feature category where Big Hero 6 took home the Oscar instead of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Despite the rather lackluster script of the actual awards show, the winners this year, on the whole, were completely deserving , making it very hard to argue with anything here(other than the obvious missing acting and directing nominations to Selma). Check out the full list of winners below:

Best PictureBirdman — Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu — Birdman

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne — The Theory of Everything

Best Actress: Julianne Moore — Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons — Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette — Boyhood

Best Foreign Language Film: Ida  – Pawel Pawlikowski

Best Live Action Short Film: The Phone Call — Matt Kirkby and James Lucas

Best Documentary Short Subject: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 — Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

Best Animated Short: Feast — Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Best Animated Movie: Big Hero Six — Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Best Original Screenplay: Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game – Graham Moore

Achievement in Cinematography: Birdman — Emannuel Lubezki

Achievement in Costume Design: Milena Canonero — The Grand Budapest Hotel

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier — The Grand Budapest Hotel

Achievement in Sound Mixing: Whiplash — Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

Achievement in Sound Editing: American Sniper —  Alan Robert Murray Bub Asman

Achievement in Visual Effects: Interstellar — Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley and Paul Franklin

Achievement in Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel — Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock

Achievement in Film Editing: Whipalsh — Tom Cross

Best Documentary Feature: Citizen Four — Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Best Original Song: Glory — John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel — Alexandre Desplat

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