It was another great year for film! Every year we are shocked and surprised at just how many great movies come out for audiences to enjoy. This year was no exception. It takes a good movie to be successful, a great movie to be memorable, and an amazing movie to get nominated for an Oscar.
The 87th annual Oscars were hosted by the multitalented Neil Patrick Harris, who opened the show with a very memorable and enjoyable musical number featuring guest performers Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, as well as some dancing Stormtroopers.
The first big award of the night for Best Supporting Actor went to none other than the well-deserving J.K. Simmons (I Love You Man, Spider-Man) for his outstanding performance in Whiplash.
Adam Levine and Maroon 5 performed a song from Begin Again starring Mark Ruffalo (Now You See Me, The Avengers) and Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually).
The Oscar for Best Costume Design went to Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling went to Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, also for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Best Foreign film went to IDA.
We were then treated to an amazing performance of “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie by Tegan and Sara (featuring The Lonely Island), which was filled with different characters, including a cameo of Will Arnett (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Arrested Development) dressed as Batman playing guitar. Fun fact, the bat suit he was wearing was the original suit Val Kilmer wore in Batman Forever.
The Phone Call won for Best Live Action Short Film.
The winner for Documentary Short went to Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.
Tim McGraw sang “I’m Not Going to Miss You” wearing a tux and a cowboy hat. It was a classy and touching performance to say the least.
The award for Sound Mixing went to Whiplash, deservedly so, and American Sniper took home the award for Achievement in Sound Editing.
The award for Best Supporting Actress went to Patricia Arquette (Boardwalk Empire, Medium) for her amazing performance in Boyhood.
We got a performance from Rita Ora, who sang “Grateful” from the film Beyond the Lights.
Best Visual Effects went to Interstellar which was…interstellar. This was surprising, since several superhero movies were passed on for this one, but it was no doubt a deserving win.
Feast took home the award for Best Animated Short film. See it if you haven’t.
Despite the fact that The Lego Movie was snubbed for Best Animated Feature, this year’s winner was Big Hero 6, which was very deserving of the win.
The award for Production Design went to the very well-deserving The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Emmanuel Lubezki won for the second year in a row for Best Cinematography for Birdman. He won last year for Gravity.
The Academy Award for best Film Editing went to Whiplash.
The winner for Best Documentary Feature was CITIZENFOUR, a movie about a series of truth tellers exposing the secrets that THEY don’t want you to know about. It is worth a watch, for sure.
We were treated to a great performance of “Glory” from John Legend and Common, in a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr, featured in the film Selma.
The award for Best Original Song went to “Glory”, a powerful song. The performance literally brought the house to tears. Chris Pine (Horrible Bosses 2, Star Trek) and David Oyelowo (Interstellar, The Butler) were both visibly moved.
Lady Gaga performed a lovely tribute to honour the legendary film, The Sound of Music. She was magnificent. She was later joined on stage and given a hug by Julie Andrews herself, who came out to present the award for best original score. Check out her performance here:
The award for Best Original Score went to The Grand Budapest Hotel, but this is a category where anyone could have won this year.
The Award for Best Original Screenplay went to Birdman.
The Award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to The Imitation Game.
Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Babel) won this year’s Best Director award for Birdman.
The Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role went to Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables, My Week With Marilyn) for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
This year the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role went to Julianne Moore (Crazy Stupid Love, The Big Lebowski), for her amazing performance in Still Alice.
The final award of the night, Best Picture, went to Birdman.
It was a fantastic year for movies. There were laughs, tears and a whole sea of emotions that filled the films in 2014. Host Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle) did a wonderful job and cracked a few really great jokes. If there was one thing we can all take away from this year’s awards, let it be this… I really want a hug from Julie Andrews. It was a memorable year filled with many titles we won’t soon forget. One can only hope that next year is just as good, and with any luck, better. We hope you enjoyed the 2015 Oscars.
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