Oscars 2015: List of winners


imageThe awards season ended yesterday night with the 87th Academy Awards.The ceremony hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, was particularly noticeable for its unorthodox selection this year. On the positive side it did highlight a certain number of independent films that do not normally end up in the Oscar race such as Boyhood and in particular Whiplash acclaimed by both critics and audiences worldwide.

It’s a wonder though how so many compelling performances were totally snubbed! From Jake gyllenhaal (Nighcrawler) to Jennifer Aniston ( cake) Miles Teller (whiplash) or David Oyelowo (Selma, incomprehensible omission!!) to Jessica chastaing and Oscar Isaac (A most violent year), the most surprising being “Interstellar”!!!  Almost totally ignored! This was the least we could say a bit puzzling!

Bertrand Bonello’s Yves saint Laurent or even Xavier Dolan’s “mummy” (awarded at Cannes last year) did not make it to the final shortlist in the best Foreign film category.
Thank god for the independent Spirit Awards which have acknowledged and awarded most of these performances.
Birdman was awarded Best Film and got 4 oscars, included Best Director.
Whiplash received 3 including Best supporting actor for JK Simmons.

Highlights of the ceremony: Neil Patrick Harris host of the ceremony showing up onstage in nothing but his underwear in ode to Birdman!

The winners:

BEST FILM: Birdman

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Eddie Redmayne
Mr. Redmayne, who portrayed Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” beat out Michael Keaton of “Birdman,” who was seen as the other favorite.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Julianne Moore
Ms. Moore was seen as a lock for the best actress win in “Still Alice,” in which she portrayed a woman struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
J.K. Simmons
Mr. Simmons was considered another Oscar lock for his performance as a sadistic music teacher in “Whiplash.”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette netted the sole win for “Boyhood.” Her plea for equal rights for “women in the United States of America” in her speech got a big ovation.

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro G. Iñárritu

This was Iñárritu’s first best director Oscar, for “Birdman.”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Citizenfour
“Citizenfour,” a documentary centered on Edward J. Snowden, was another Oscar favorite.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Imitation Game
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman
ORIGINAL SCORE
The Grand Budapest Hotel
ORIGINAL SONG
Selma
FILM EDITING
Whiplash
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman
PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6
SHORT FILM, ANIMATED
Feast
VISUAL EFFECTS
Interstellar
SOUND EDITING
American Sniper
SOUND MIXING
Whiplash
DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION
The Phone Call
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ida
MAKEUP
The Grand Budapest Hotel
COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel

By Fab Poller

 

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