“Birdman” won big at the Oscars.
The celebrated film about a fading movie star trying to revitalize his career took home four major Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Although Alejandro G. Iñárritu movie won no major acting awards, it beat out tough competitors like “Boyhood,” “The Theory of Everything” and “The Imitation Game.” In Iñárritu’s acceptance speech for Best Picture, he took special time to thank Michael Keaton, who played the film’s star Riggan Thomson, as well as the citizens of his home country Mexico.
The acting awards were in line with what the pundits were predicting: Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for “The Theory of Everything” and Julianne Moore won Best Actress for “Still Alice.” It was the first Oscar for both of them. J.K Simmons won for Best Supporting Actor for “Whiplash” and Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for “Boyhood.” It was also the first Oscar for each.
Each of the eight Best Picture-nominated films won at least one award. “The Imitation Game” won Best Adapted Screenplay, while “Selma” won Original Song and “American Sniper” took Achievement in Sound Editing–its only win of the night. Wes Anderson‘s “Grand Budapest Hotel,” meanwhile, fared well in technical awards, winning Oscars for Costume Design, Makeup, Score and Production Design.
Scroll below for the complete winners list:
Best Picture – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Actor in a Leading Role – Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Actress in a Leading Role – Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Actor in a Supporting Role – J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Actress in a Supporting Role – Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – “The Imitation Game,” Written by Graham Moore
Writing (Original Screenplay) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Animated Feature Film – “Big Hero 6″
Directing – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Costume Design – Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Documentary Feature – “CitizenFour”
Documentary Short Subject – “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″
Film Editing – Tom Cross, “Whiplash”
Foreign Language Film – “Ida,” Poland
Makeup and Hairstyling – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Music, Original Score – Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Music, Original Song – “Glory,” from “Selma.” Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
Production Design – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Short Film (Animated) – “Feast”
Short Film (Live Action) – “The Phone Call”
Sound Editing – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, “American Sniper”
Sound Mixing – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, “Whiplash”
Visual Effects – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, “Interstellar”
Source: Wall Street Journal