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Oscars 2015: Birdman Takes Flight. 4 Wins, Including Best Film and Director

  | February 23, 2015 11:13 IST
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Team Birdaman after winning the Best Film Oscar (Image courtesy: AFP)

Alejandro Inarritu became the second Mexican to win Best Director after Alfonso Cuaron won for Gravity last year

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


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