Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 OSCARS: The List Of Winners

Below is the list of winners from the 87th Academy Awards. In the Top 8 categories I predicted 7 of 8 correctly, and happily in the other category (Adapted Screenplay), the movie I wanted to win was The Imitation Game and it did! I thought Whiplash would be the surprise win in this category; Whiplash did win two surprise Oscars (editing and sound mixing).

Happily, the openly gay Graham Moore won for writing an excellent adaptation of openly gay Andrew Hodges' book about gay icon Alan Turing.
Best picture: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”
Actor: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything.”
Actress: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice.”
Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash.”
Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood.”
Directing: Alejandro G. Inarritu, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”
Foreign language film: “Ida.”
Adapted screenplay: Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game.”
Original screenplay: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”
Animated feature film: “Big Hero 6.”
Production design: “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Cinematography: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”
Sound mixing: “Whiplash.”
Sound editing: “American Sniper.”
Original score: “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Original song: “Glory” from “Selma.”
Costume design: “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Documentary feature: “CitizenFour.”
Documentary (short subject): “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.”
Film editing: “Whiplash.”
Makeup and hairstyling: “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Animated short film: “Feast.”
Live action short film: “The Phone Call.”
Visual effects: “Interstellar.”
I'm glad that my favorite movie of the year, Interstellar won an Oscar (the same visual effects team also won for Inception which was also my favorite movie that year). Even though I confess I still have not seen Boyhood, I am not a fan of Birdman, I think it is simply Oscar bait. I would have preferred The Imitation Game or The Grand Budapest Hotel take the top honor.

Anyway, I am glad that for the second year in a row, a Latino man won Best Director, so diversity is still making an impact on the primarily lily-white Hollywood elite. Speaking of lily-white, who knew that Neil Patrick Harris was so pale?

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