Film News: ‘Birdman’ is Best Picture at 2015 Academy Awards

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CHICAGO – The Bird was the word at the 87th Academy Awards, as the film “Birdman” won Best Picture and Alejandro González Iñárrittu won Best Director for the same film. The stellar broadcast was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and was highlighted by some passionate speeches and song performances.

87th Academy Awards
Neil Patrick Harris Hosted the 87th Academy Awards
Photo credit: ABC

The other top categories contained few surprises, as Eddie Redmayne took Best Actor for “The Theory of Everything,” Julianne Moore won Best Actress for “Still Alice” and the Best Supporting trophies were taken home by Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood” and J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash.” Several of the accepting speeches, including the ones by Patricia Arquette and director Alejandro González Iñárrittu, included some revolutionary style shout-outs to causes that go beyond the Awards. The performance of the Oscar winning song “Glory,” from the film “Selma,” moved several of the star-studded audience members to tears. Lady Gaga brought down the house with a song tribute to the 50th Anniversary of “The Sound of Music.”

The full list of winners for the 87th Academy Awards are as follows…

BEST PICTURE
“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”

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

BEST EDITING
“Whiplash”

BEST MAKEUP
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Glory” from “Selma”

BEST SOUND EDITING
“American Sniper”

BEST SOUND MIXING
“Whiplash”


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Interstellar”

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Big Hero 6”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
CITIZENFOUR”


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Ida”

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
“Feast”

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
“The Phone Call”

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Writer. Editorial Coordinator
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2015 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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