The Oscars have concluded with few nasty surprises, unless you count host Neil Patrick Harris walking onstage in just his underwear (like Michael Keaton in Birdman) and Boyhood's near-complete eclipse.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman took flight, winning four of its nine nominations including two biggies - Best Picture and Best Director. Mr Inarritu became the second Mexican to win Best Director after Alfonso Cuaron won for Gravity last year. Mr Inarritu also won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Birdman's third win was for Best Cinematography (thank you, the Times Square scene).
Eddie Redmayne predictably won Best Actor for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything and Julianne Moore, in a handmade Chanel dress, won Best Actress for her performance as an Alzheimer's patient in Still Alice.
For those who were rooting for Richard Linklater's 12-year labour of love Boyhood, there was disappointment. Patricia Arquette's Best Supporting Actress win was the film's only win of eight nominations.
JK Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash,which also won Best Sound Mixing and Film Editing.
The Grand Budapest Hotel won four of its eight nominations, including the Oscars for Production Design, Costume, Hair and Makeup and Original Score.
The Imitation Game won Best Adapted Screenplay and American Sniper won Best Sound Editing.
John Legend and Common collected the Best Original Song Oscar for Glory from Selma, which they also performed live.
Ida from Poland won Best Foreign Language Film while Big Hero 6 beat The Lego Movie to win Best Animated Feature. .
Complete List of Winners:
Best Film: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: JK Simmons for Whiplash
Best Costume Design: Milena Canonera for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida, Poland
Best Live Action Short: The Phone Call
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press I
Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
Best Animated Short: Feast
Best Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen (Production Design)and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Film Editing: Whiplash
Best Documentary Feature: CitizenFour
Best Original Score: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Glory from Selma
Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Original Screenplay: Birdman
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game