Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 2015 Academy Awards last night in Hollywood, CA. Hollywood royalty, hopefuls and industry folks packed into the Dolby Theatre for three and a half hours to learn the winners of the year, at the most prestigious event for film.
A few surprises here and there but overall, the odds definitely predicted the big winners. "Birdman", "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Whiplash" got the most love of the evening, with "Birdman" taking home the biggest awards.
There were several touching and inspiring speeches. The standouts being Graham Moore, urging us to stay weird and different, Patricia Arquette, who brought equal wages and opportunities for women to the forefront and J.K. Simmons, reminding us about the importance of family. Eddie Remayne's speech was also wonderful because he was filled with pure joy and kindness. He's a complete class act and was so grateful and honored to receive the award and that kind of humility is refreshing and contagious.
There were some incredible performances including Common and John Legend paying tribute to "Selma" with their moving song, "Glory". They went on to win the Oscar for their amazing song and the speech was very eloquent and powerful.
Lady Gaga also impressed and ditched the theatrics for a classy "Sound of Music" tribute and Julie Andrews came out to celebrate in the moment. It was very special and reminded fans that the woman behind Gaga, Stephanie Germanotta, has some serious pipes and talent.
Overall however, it was a bit of a boring show because Harris fell flat. He's normally charming, clever and animated but he was trying too hard and his jokes were just not very funny. We've had what many consider two mediocre hosts in a row and the show dragged in result. The Academy will surely be extremely cautious next year to line up a host that delivers. It was still an evening honoring some incredible films, so it was important nonetheless.
Check out the full lists of the big winners below and let us know in the comments section what you think!
Birdman — Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole
Alejandro González Iñárritu — Birdman
Eddie Redmayne — The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore — Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons — Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Achievement in Costume Design
Milena Canonero — The Grand Budapest Hotel
Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier — The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Foreign Language Film
Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
Best Live Action Short Film
The Phone Call — Matt Kirkby and James Lucas
Best Documentary Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 — Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
Achievement in Sound Mixing
Whiplash — Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley
Achievement in Sound Editing
American Sniper — Alan Robert Murray Bub Asman
Achievement in Visual Effects
Interstellar — Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley and Paul Franklin
Best Animated Short
Feast — Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Best Animated Movie
Big Hero Six — Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
Achievement in Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel — Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock
Achievement in Cinematography
Birdman — Emannuel Lubezki
Achievement in Film Editing
Whipalsh — Tom Cross
Best Documentary Feature
Citizen Four — Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Best Original Song
Glory — John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel — Alexandre Desplat
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
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