Winners and Reactions to the 2015 Academy Awards

By Amirose Eisenbach February 23, 2015

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!

Best Picture

Birdman — Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu — Birdman

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne — The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

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

Original Screenplay

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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