Oscar Recap and List of Winners

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Birdman dominated the evening taking home awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the ceremony with a snooze-able performance, but maybe he’s not to blame here as most award hosts monologues seem to be a bit formulaic and monotonous.  Either way he bored the audience with a bit about his fake predictions that were locked in a box on stage. He asked Octavia Spencer to watch the box and told Robert Duvall and Eddie Redmayne make sure she kept her word. Apparently folks on Twitter did not approve and found the joke racist, which is a bit of a stretch. The joke was a humorless waste of time but I highly doubt anyone meant anything by it and I doubt any offense was taken.  Lighten up people.


J.K. Simmons won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash and reminded us to call (not text) our parents while Patricia Arquette’s Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood acceptance speech included what Neil Patrick Harris called a “Normal Ray moment” when she reminded us to fight for wage equality and equal rights for women. Later in the evening, Graham Moore who won for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game wanted to let those kids who don’t feel they fit in anywhere to stay weird.

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John Travolta and Idina Menzel made light of last year’s embarrassment.  Here’s a little reminder of that clusterfuck:


There were three notable music performances of the night. The colorful rendition of “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie by Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island included Lego Oscar statues that were handed out to nominees. John Legend and Common’s moving “Glory” from Selma (which later won the award for Best Original Song) earned a standing ovation and an emotional reaction by David Oyelowo. Lady Gaga’s tribute to The Sound Of Music was impressive and proved she is an amazing performer even without all the gimmicks.


Here is the list of winners:

Best Picture – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Actor – Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

Actress – Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”

Director – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”

Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”

Adapted Screenplay – “The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore

Original Screenplay – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

Animated Feature – “Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Documentary Feature – “CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Original Song – “Glory” from “Selma” Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Foreign Language Film – “Ida” Poland

Original Score – The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat

Film Editing – “Whiplash” Tom Cross

Visual Effects – “Interstellar” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

Cinematography – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki

Costume Design – “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero

Makeup and Hairstyling -“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

Production Design – “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

Animated Short Film – “Feast” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Live Action Short Film – “The Phone Call” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Documentary Short Subject -“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

Sound Mixing – “Whiplash” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Sound Editing -“American Sniper” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman



Featured Image photo cred (Emma Stone/Julianne Moore): Valerie Macon, APF/Getty Images

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