With our lovely host Neil Patrick Harris leading the way, there was pretty much nothing standing in the way of this being an amazing event! While he may not be Ellen Degeneres (last year’s host), he certainly brought a lot of energy and I think did a great job with the jokes, as that’s mainly what there was. Not a lot of gimmicks, but that’s fine as we’d all probably have gotten bored with that quite quickly.
Everything was what I expect, including boring. The musical performances were okay to awesome!!! (EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!) The “In Memoriam” was the right amount of emotional and well done, which I noticed quickly. And, as an added bonus, the acceptance speeches were pretty phenomenal as well! I certainly like a lot of the winners more than usual!!
The only thing that was off, was this tribute to “The Sound of Music”, which turns 50 years old this year. That’s great and all, but why did we need this? I don’t recall this being a thing for any other 50 year old film. Why now? It’s not like this film is particularly special (award wins aside), so why this particular show?
Anyway, here they are!!! Your winners (whether you like it or not), for the 2015 Academy Awards (Presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)!!!
Best Motion Picture of the Year: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Last year the first African American man won this, and this year a Latino. That’s impressive and probably where the streak ends. It may not address the overall industry diversity issue, but it definitely needs to mean something, other than he had the better film.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore for “Still Alice”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything” His speech definitely makes him this year’s Jennifer Lawrence. That enthusiasm and spastic like moment was just priceless!! I was incredibly thrilled when that happen, as was Cate Blanchett.
Best Achievement in Directing: “Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu for “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” And now, with this win, I hope we can have a conversation about the fact that with Gonzalez winning, that makes two Latinos winning this award in a row. It’s an amazing thing to see. Says a lot too.
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: “The Imitation Game”, Graham Moore
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Gonzalez, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo Look! A team of Latino’s winning this award!!
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat Okay, I’m a little sad, but okay at the same time as I’ve heard a lot of his work and love it. I’ll need to take another listen at this Award winning score.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: “Glory” from “Selma” Common and John Legend
Best Documentary, Feature: “Citizenfour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky
Best Achievement in Editing: “Whiplash” Tom Cross, I just never considered this film. Damn it!
Best Achievement in Cinematography: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki, Let’s keep in mind he won last year for “Gravity”, which is pretty rare.
Best Achievement in Production Design: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock
Best Animated Feature: “Big Hero 6”
Best Short Film, Animated: “Feast” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Best Achievement in Visual Effects: “Interstellar” Paul J. Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott R. Fisher
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette “Boyhood”
Best Achievement in Sound Editing: “American Sniper” Alan Murray and Bub Asman
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: “Whiplash” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley
Best Documentary, Short Subject: “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press I” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Best Short Film, Live Action: “The Phone Call” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: “Ida” (Poland)
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hammon and Mark Coulier
Best Achievement in Costume Design: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons “Whiplash”
There you have it!!! The complete list of winners!!! And just for added fun, my ballot which was a tough chore to remember to keep updated as the results came in, but it was super fun!! Everyone should do this!!
I got 19/24 correct this year, which isn’t as impressive as I thought. Last year, 2014, I got 18/24 correct. Improving by one is a pretty solid start. Maybe next year. How did you do, or did you not keep a running tally?