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.
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