Monday 18 December 2017

Oscars 2015 wrap - winners, losers, and what has people talking

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel were the top winners at last night's Academy Awards, taking home four Oscars each.

Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu won Best Director but had another surprise when the film he directed also won best picture.

Birdman, a Hollywood satire, won the industry's biggest honour - the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Michael Keaton plays a washed-up superhro actor trying to stage a comeback in a Broadway play. 

Eddie Redmayne poses with his Oscar for best actor nominee for his role in
Eddie Redmayne poses with his Oscar for best actor nominee for his role in "The Theory of Everything" at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015

However, Keaton lost out on Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne, who played physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Julianne Moore walked away with Best Actress for her role in moving drama Still Alice in which she plays a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

JK Simmons, meanwhile, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 2015 Academy Awards for his role in Whiplash.

The role, which sees him play an abusive jazz conductor, previously won him a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild award and Bafta for the role so the Oscar wasn't a massive surprise.

Alejandro Inarritu with his haul of Oscars for Birdman (AP)
Alejandro Inarritu with his haul of Oscars for Birdman (AP)

Simmons beat out Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman) and Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher).

Simmons said he was “somewhat taken aback” by the response to his speech, in which he advised people to call their parents.

Julianne Moore poses with her Oscar for best actress for her role in
Julianne Moore poses with her Oscar for best actress for her role in "Still Alice" at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES TAGS:ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-BACKSTAGE)

“Call your mom, call your dad,” Simmons said. “If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”

Winning an Oscar was “the cherry on top of the extraordinary experience that Whiplash has been for me. I think there’s much to admire in Fletcher’s passion for music. I don’t find much to admire in his pedagogy,” Simmons said.

Graham Moore's Oscar speech was quickly repeated on social media (AP)
Graham Moore's Oscar speech was quickly repeated on social media (AP)

Of his years as a struggling actor, Simmons said, “I almost got back on the bus a handful of times, and if I’d had any reasonable employment options I probably would have.”

He added: “If you’re in any kind of artistic endeavour and you feel there’s something else you could do for a living and be happy, you should probably do something else.”

Patricia Arquette, meanwhile, roused the audience from their stupor with her moving acceptance speech after she won the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her role in Boyhood.

“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” she said.

Birdman cleans up at Oscars 2015: See complete list of winners here

Emotions were running high during Common and John Legend’s rendition of Glory, the civil rights song they composed for the film Selma.

Much of the audience was in tears and they were prompted to give a standing ovation for the song which won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Legend's speech was also powerful.  He said, “The Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now, in this country, today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real.

WWe live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today then there were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you. We see you, we love you, and march on. God bless you.”

Before the event kicked off, actress Reese Witherspoon and other A-listers drew support for The Representation Project’s #AskHerMore initiative, which asks journalists to ask female celebrities about more than their outfits on the red carpet. 

Neil Patrick Harris, meanwhile, who hosted this year's awards, also said, "Welcome to the 87th Oscars. Tonight we honour Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, brightest.”

Civil rights groups staged a protest outside the awards to say that this year's "white wash", the fact that all 20 acting nominees were white, was unacceptable.

However, after last night's Best Director announcement, a Latin American director has won the Oscar two years in a row.  Last year it was Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity.

Also, Birdman cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who is also Mexican, won his second Oscar – he also won last year for Gravity.

“I want to dedicate this award for my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico,” Iñárritu said.

“And the ones that live in this country, who are part of the latest generation of immigrants, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.”

In another moving speech, Graham Moore, winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, revealed he had attempted suicide at 16 because he felt “weird” for being gay. “This is for that kid who feels like they don’t fit in,” he said: “Stay weird, stay different.”

Elswhere, Twitter went in to meltdown after Joan Rivers was noticeably absent from the In Memoriam montage.

Neither was actress Elaine Stritch, who passed away last July at the age of 89.

Joan Rivers left out of Oscars 2015 tribute 

87th Academy Awards Winners List

 Best Picture: Birdman

 Best Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

 Best Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

 Best Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

 Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

 Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel

 Best Foreign Language Film: Ida (Poland)

 Best Live Action Short Film: The Phone Call

 Best Documentary Short Subject: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

 Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash

 Best Sound Editing: American Sniper

 Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

 Best Visual Effects: Interstellar

 Best Animated Short: Feast

 Best Animated Feature: Big Hero 6

 Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

 Best Cinematography: Birdman

 Best Film Editing: Whiplash

 Best Documentary Feature: CitizenFour

 Best Original Song: “Glory" from Selma, John Stevens and Lonnie Lynn (John Legend and Common)

 Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel

 Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Birdman

 Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game

 Best Directing: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

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