The 2015 Oscars: The Winners, the Performances, and All the Best Moments

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The final, and most anticipated, award show of the season finally made its presence known. It’s the 2015 Academy Awards, of course! And in another year of Academy controversy over the snubbing of certain films (Selma and The LEGO Movie), and the factual accuracy of others (American Sniper, The Imitation Game among them) , the awards show tried to make it up by putting on a good show, which garnered millions of viewers, as usual.

If you’ve watched the rest of the awards shows during the last couple of months, then you’ve pretty much been able to predict what the Academy voters would be choosing. There were some surprises, of course (Big Hero 6 winning Best Animation being one of them!), but the majority of winners were pretty predictable. You can check out the entire list of winners below (in bold), but before that, you check out the show’s highlights in bullet-form below. From Neil Patrick Harris’s musical number opening, to the speeches, and the performances, it was a mediocre night, lit brightly with some gems. 
The Highlights:
  • Neil Patrick Harris doing what he does best: a musical number. Anna Kendrick helps out and Jack Black interrupts in a hilarious semi-Meryl Streep impersonation of her song from Into the Woods. It was a great ode to “moving pictures” in general, as well as clever lyrics.
  • NPH says Oscars celebrating “whitest” stars… oops, he meant “brightest” stars. Glad to know the Oscars can poke fun of their own lack of diversity.
  • The director of Ida’s acceptance speech. He kept going. On and on, even as the music tries to cut him off. Twice. 
  • The “Everything is Awesome” performance. Will Arnett as Batman (awesome) and Oprah getting a Lego Oscar (also awesome).
  • The Birdman strut as NPH walks through the halls of the backstage area, sans clothes. Miles Teller as the drummer in homage to Antonio Sanchez, and NPH claiming he isn’t playing at his tempo a la J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.
  • Patricia Arquette talking about equal rights and equal wages for women across the entire U.S. Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez’s over-excited standing ovation agree with her. 
  • Common and John Legend’s performance of winning song “Glory.” And their speech after winning. One word: Chills. The entire Dolby Theater gave them a standing ovation. David Oyelowo and Chris Pine were caught on camera crying. Yes, it was that moving.
  • Lady Gaga’s tribute to the songs from The Sound of Music. The woman doesn’t get enough credit for her singing voice. Spoiler alert: It’s fantastic! Julie Andrews’s appearance afterward was just icing on the cake and elevated it to a great moment. Sure the whole thing was kind of random, but it was nice.  
  • Graham Moore’s speech after winning for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game. “Stay weird. Stay different.”
  • Birdman winning Best Picture and the quotable speech by Alejandro Inarritu. 
The Winners:

BEST PICTURE
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”

BEST ACTOR
Steve Carrell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

BEST ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejando G. Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morton Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” 
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 
Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Leviathan,” Russia
“Tangerines,” Estonia
“Wild Tales,” Argentina
“Ida,” Poland
“Timbuktu,” Mauritania

BEST ANIMATED FEATURED FILM
“Big Hero 6”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Robert Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, “Ida”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”

BEST FILM EDITING
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach, “American Sniper”
Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”
Tom Cross, “Whiplash”

BEST SOUND EDITING
Richard King, “Interstellar”
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, “Unbroken”
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, “American Sniper”
Martin Hernandez and Aaron Glascock, “Birdman”

BEST SOUND MIXING
Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten, “Interstellar”
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, “Whiplash”
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano and Thomas Varga, “Birdman”
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin, “American Sniper”
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano and David Lee, “Unbroken”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Dennis Gassner (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), “Into the Woods”
Adam Stockhausen (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Nathan Crowley (Production Design) and Gary Fettis (Set Decoration),”Interstellar”
Maria Djurkovic (Production Design) and Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration), “The Imitation Game”
Suzie Davies (Production Design) and Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration),”Mr. Turner”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”
Colleen Atwood, “Into the Woods”
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive, “Maleficient”
Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gary Yershon, “Mr Turner”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”
“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and NickSouthwood, “Begin Again”
“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” by Glen Campbell, “Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
“Grateful,” “Beyond the Lights”

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Colleen Atwood, “Into the Woods”
Anna B. Sheppard, “Maleficent”
Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”
Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, “Interstellar”
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick, “Captain America: Winter Soldier”
Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Joanna”
“Our Curse”
“White Earth”
“The Reaper”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Citizenfour”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Virunga”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Finding Vivian Maier”

BEST SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Aya”
“Butterlamp”
“Parvenah”
“The Phone Call”

BEST SHORT FILM, ANIMATED
“Feast”
“The Bigger Picture”
“A Single Life”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Me and My Moulton”
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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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