23 Feb, 2015
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87th Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, were awarded at a glittering ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre at Los Angeles (California) on 22 February 2015. “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” dominated the ceremony by winning 4 awards each while “Whiplash” won 3 awards. However, “Birdman” was successful in bagging main awards that included Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Overall 24 awards were given in different categories. The ceremony was hosted for the first time by actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Here is the full list of the winners :
– 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 (Poland)
– 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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