87th Academy Awards – The OSCAR Goes To…


The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2014 and took place on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Top award winners were ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’  and ‘Birdman with 4 OSCARS each and  ‘Whiplash’ with 3 OSCARS.

Julianne Moore won Best Actress for “Still Alice”,  Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for “The Theory of Everything” and ‘Birdman’ won Best Picture.

A light rain, unusual for sunny southern California, did not dampen the spirits of the night, and the tenting over the red carpet kept the celebrities and their dresses safe and dry.

ABC also had bright spirits as advertising during the telecast set a new record, having sold out at an average of $2 million per 30-second spot. Ka-ching!

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the year’s biggest award night and opened the show with a musical number, joined by Anna Kendrick and Jack Black.

Later on in the show, Harris had a wardrobe malfunction/“Birdman” parody …well, a skit where his robe got caught in a door during a costume change and he ‘had’ to come out on stage in his underwear …  and we got this:

NPH oscar undies

Meryl Streep introduced the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of those who passed during the year.  Every year someone always seems to be left off the montage, and it’s not just because the Academy can not list every one, but one name left off swept social media.

Joan Rivers – the lady who practically made the red carpet what it is today, the red carpet that so many in the industry on and off screen make their millions – was left out of the montage.  Oh, and she has been in several films too, for example, “The Rabbit Test,” with Billy Crystal as the first pregnant man.

Shame on the Academy.

On a brighter note, Lady Gaga performed a phenomenal tribute to The Sound of Music, which brought out Julie Andrews to announce the winner of Best Original Score. Her performance combined with  her red carpet dress with red rubber gloves, spawned this meme across Twitter :

gaga sound of music

Chuckles aside, here is Gaga’s awesome performance…


Graham Moore, upon winning the OSCAR for Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay, ‘The Imitation Game’ shared an ‘It Gets Better’ moment when he said “”I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I’m standing here. I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like he doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then, when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message along.”


Musical performances included:
Adam Levine & Maroon 5 – “Lost Stars” from Begin Again
Tim McGraw – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Rita Ora – “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
John Legend & Common – “Glory” from Selma
Tegan and Sara & The Lonely Island – “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
Jennifer Hudson – following the In Memoriam
Lady Gaga – ‘The Sound of Music’ tribute

Presenters during the night included:

Channing Tatum, Reese Witherspoon, Lupita Nyong’o, Shirley MacLaine, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Evans, Viola Davis, Dakota Johnson, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lopez, Meryl Streep,  Chris Pine, Chris Prattand Octavia Spencer to name just a few.



And the OSCAR goes to…


Here is the list of winners in tonight’s telecast.


Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”    *Winner
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”


Best Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”   *Winner


Best Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”  *Winner
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”


Best Actor in a Supporting Role 
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” *Winner


Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” *Winner
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”


Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”,  Milena Canonero   *Winner
“Inherent Vice”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”


Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” , Frances Hannon  and Mark Coulier   *Winner
“Guardians of the Galaxy”


Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida” (Poland) *Winner
“Leviathan” (Russia)
“Tangerines” (Estonia)
“Timbuktu” (Mauritania)
“Wild Tales” (Argentina)


Best Short Film — Live Action
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp”
“The Phone Call” *Winner


Best Documentary — Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper (La Parka)”
“White Earth”


Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper”
“Whiplash” *Winner


Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper” *Winner
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”


Best Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar”  *Winner
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”


Best Short Film — Animated
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Feast”  *Winner
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”


Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6″  *Winner
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”


Best Production Design (formerly Art Direction)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”  *Winner
“The Imitation Game”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”


Best Cinematography
“Birdman”  *Winner
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Mr. Turner”


Best Film Editing
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Whiplash”  *Winner


Best Documentary — Feature
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt of the Earth”


Best Music — Original Song
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
“Everything is Awesome” from “The LEGO Movie”
“Glory” from “Selma”  *Winner
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”


Best Music — Original Score
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” *Winner
“The Imitation Game”
“Mr. Turner”
“The Theory of Everything”

Best Writing — Original Screenplay
“Birdman”  *Winner
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”


Best Writing — Adapted Screenplay
“American Sniper”
“The Imitation Game”  *Winner
“Inherent Vice”
“The Theory of Everything”


Best Director
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”  *Winner
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

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