The night was full of some pretty big surprises! The big winners of the night turned out to be Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, although only one of them walked away with the Oscar for Best Picture. Birdman took home a total of four statues including Best Picture and Best Director. Boyhood was a huge favorite to win, but the only statue it managed to bring home was for Best Supporting Actress. Eddie Redmayne shocked audiences by taking home Best Actor and Julianne Moore took home a well deserved Best Actress statue.
Here is a list of the winners:
Best Picture: Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo - Birdman
Best Animated Feature: Big Hero 6
Best Film Editing: Whiplash
Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Original Song: "Glory" - Selma
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
Best Foreign Film: Ida (Poland)
Best Documentary Feature: CITIZENFOUR
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper
Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash
Best Animated Short: Feast
Best Live-Action Short: The Phone Call
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Aside from the winners, the show just ran really long. There was no reason for Jennifer Hudson to perform after the In Memoriam segment because it simply took too long and although Lady Gaga was surprisingly excellent, why did they feel the need to pay tribute to The Sound of Music? Like seriously, there was no reason. Not to mention Joan Rivers was not included in the In Memoriam which is a real shame.
Neil Patrick Harris did what he could with the rather lousy dialogue and jokes he was given, but the opening to the show was fantastic. They tried to capitalize on jokes that have been done to death since last year's show (aka, Adele Dazeem) and NPH seemed to be exhausted about halfway through the show and tried to rush it. I think Ellen Degeneres edged him out by a little bit and was a better host overall. Sorry, NPH.
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