Academy Award winners 2015

Eddie Redmayne 2015 Academy AwardsLast night (22nd February 2015) saw the highly anticipated 2015 Academy Awards ceremony handing the Oscars to the great and good of the movie world and it looks like Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Everything) just about pipped it to be the most successful film this year in terms of its awards haul. It took four Academy Awards in total, equaled only by The Grand Budapest Hotel, but with the Best Picture, Director, Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay, compared to the latter’s Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Original Score and Production Design, it’s the outright winner on the night.

Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn) picked up the Best Actor award for his role as Stephen Hawkins in The Theory Of Everything, and Julianne Moore took the Best Actress for her part as a professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice, having had a total of 5 nominations previously. Check out all of the winners and nominees below.


The night wasn’t all fun and games though as host Neil Patrick Harris picked up a little criticism for not quite being as scintillating as people had been expecting, despite doing a portion of the job in his Y fronts. On the positive side, his joke about the Academy liking Selma director Ava DuVernay, who had not been including in their nominations for Best Director, was a little inspired.

If you missed the night, you will have missed Patricia Arquette calling for equal pay for women in her acceptance speech for the Best Actress In A Supporting Role in Boyhood; an overwhelmed acceptance speech from Eddie Redmayne, who dedicated it to the people that helped him understand his role at medical facilities in the UK; and actor David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King in Selma, crying openly during the performance of “Glory” by John Legend and Common.

The Imitation Game director Graham Moore gave a powerful speech on the difficulties “weird” and “different” kids go through, comparing it to his own teenage years and a point in his life when he tried to kill himself. He closed his comments by saying, “I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass this same message to the next person who comes along.”

Sean Penn was Twitter-lynched for a comment he made about Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Green Card, but the Birdman director indicated that it was a joke between friends in discussions after the show. However, it didn’t come across as being in the best possible taste.

The 2015 Academy Award Winners and Nominees:

Best Picture

WinnerBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole



American Sniper – Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan

Boyhood – Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman

Selma – Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

The Theory of Everything – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten

Whiplash – Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster

Actor in a Leading Role

Winner – Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything


Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Actress in a Leading Role

Winner – Julianne Moore – Still Alice


Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner – J.K. Simmons – Whiplash


Robert Duvall – The Judge

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner – Patricia Arquette – Boyhood


Laura Dern – Wild

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Animated Feature Film

WinnerBig Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli


The Boxtrolls – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold

Song of the Sea – Tomm Moore and Paul Young

The Tale of the Princess – Kaguya Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura


WinnerBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki


The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman

Ida – Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski

Mr. Turner – Dick Pope

Unbroken – Roger Deakins

Costume Design

WinnerThe Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero


Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges

Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood

Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard

Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran


WinnerBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu


Boyhood – Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum

Writing: Adapted Screenplay

Winner – The Imitation Game – Written by Graham Moore


American Sniper – Jason Hall

Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Writing: Original Screenplay

WinnerBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo


Boyhood – Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

Documentary Feature

WinnerCitizenFour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky


Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester

The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier

Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Documentary Short Subject

WinnerCrisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry


Joanna – Aneta Kopacz

Our Curse – Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki

The Reaper (La Parka) – Gabriel Serra Arguello

White Earth – J. Christian Jensen

Film Editing

WinnerWhiplash – Tom Cross


American Sniper – Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach

Boyhood – Sandra Adair

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling

The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg

Foreign Language Film

WinnerIda – Poland – Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski


Leviathan – Russia – Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Tangerines – Estonia – Directed by Zaza Urushadze

Timbuktu – Mauritania – Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Wild Tales – Argentina – Directed by Damián Szifron

Makeup and Hairstyling

WinnerThe Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier


Foxcatcher – Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard

Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Music: Original Score

WinnerThe Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat


The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar – Hans Zimmer

Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon

The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson

Music: Original Song

Winner – “Glory” – Selma – Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn


“Everything Is Awesome” – The Lego Movie – Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

“Grateful” – Beyond The Lights – Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me – Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

“Lost Stars” – Begin Again – Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Production Design

WinnerThe Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)


The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic (Production Design); Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration)

Interstellar – Nathan Crowley (Production Design); Gary Fettis (Set Decoration)

Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

Mr. Turner – Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration)

Short Film: Animated

WinnerFeast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed


The Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees

The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove

A Single Life – Joris Oprins

Short Film: Live Action

WinnerThe Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas


Aya – Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis

Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney

Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) – Hu Wei and Julien Féret

Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger

Sound Editing

WinnerAmerican Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman


Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas

Interstellar – Richard King

Unbroken – Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Sound Mixing

WinnerWhiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley


American Sniper – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga

Interstellar – Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten

Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee

Visual Effects

WinnerInterstellar – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher


Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist

Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

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