2015 Oscars 87th Academy Awards

2015 Oscars 87th Academy Awards

  • The big reveal happened on February 22, 2015
  • Once again, the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, took center stage as the venue
  • Neil Patrick Harris served as host, marking his first time as the Oscars master of ceremonies
  • Films released in 2014 were eligible for this round of accolades
  • Noteworthy Moments: Birdman won Best Picture and Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu; Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything; Julianne Moore received Best Actress for Still Alice
  • Trivia:
    1. Birdman was one of the rare films to win Best Picture without having been nominated for any of its actors
    2. Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood became a viral moment as she advocated for wage equality
    3. The Grand Budapest Hotel tied with Birdman for the most awards of the night, each taking home four Oscars
    4. John Legend and Common’s performance of “Glory” from Selma received a standing ovation and won the Oscar for Best Original Song
    5. Host Neil Patrick Harris paid homage to Birdman and Whiplash with a semi-nude drumming skit, one of the ceremony’s more comedic moments

2015 Oscar Nominees and Winners

Best Picture:
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole (WINNER)
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 M. 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
Best Director:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (WINNER)
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game
Best Actor:
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking (WINNER)
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher as John Eleuthère du Pont
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper as Chris Kyle
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game as Alan Turing
Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Riggan Thomson
Best Actress:
Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Alice Howland (WINNER)
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night as Sandra Bya
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything as Jane Wilde Hawking
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl as Amy Elliott-Dunne
Reese Witherspoon – Wild as Cheryl Strayed
Best Supporting Actor:
J. K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher (WINNER)
Robert Duvall – The Judge as Judge Joseph Palmer
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood as Mason Evans, Sr.
Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Mike Shiner
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher as Dave Schultz
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans (WINNER)
Laura Dern – Wild as Bobbi Grey
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game as Joan Clarke
Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Sam Thomson
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods as The Witch
Best Original Screenplay:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (WINNER)
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges (WINNER)
American Sniper – Jason Hall based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten based on the book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle based on his short film
Best Animated Feature Film:
Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli (WINNER)
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
Best Foreign Language Film:
Ida (Poland) in Polish – Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (WINNER)
Leviathan (Russia) in Russian – Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Tangerines (Estonia) in Estonian and Russian – Directed by Zaza Urushadze
Timbuktu (Mauritania) in French – Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
Wild Tales (Argentina) in Spanish – Directed by Damián Szifron
Best Documentary – Feature:
Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky (WINNER)
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
Best Documentary – Short Subject:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry (WINNER)
Joanna – Aneta Kopacz
Our Curse – Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
The Reaper – Gabriel Serra Arguello
White Earth – J. Christian Jensen
Best Live Action Short Film:
The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas (WINNER)
Aya – Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
Butter Lamp – Hu Wei and Julien Féret
Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
Best Animated Short Film:
Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed (WINNER)
The Beggir Picture – Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo and Daisuke Tsutsumi
Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove
A Single Life – Joris Oprins
Best Original Score:
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat (WINNER)
The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon
The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Best Original Song:
“Glory” from Selma – Music and Lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (WINNER)
“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie – Music and Lyrics by Shawn Patterson
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights – Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Music and Lyrics by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again – Music and Lyrics by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
Best Sound Editing:
American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman (WINNER)
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
Best Sound Mixing:
Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley (WINNER)
American Sniper – John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Walt Martin (posthumous nomination)
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
Best Production Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock (WINNER)
The Imitation Game – Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
Into the Woods – Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner – Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts
Best Cinematography:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki (WINNER)
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Unbroken – Roger Deakins

Best Makeup: and Hairstyling:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (WINNER)
Foxcatcher – Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White
Best Costume Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero (WINNER)
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard
Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran
Best Film Editing:
Whiplash – Tom Cross (WINNER)
American Sniper – Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
Boyhood – Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
Best Visual Effects:
Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott Fisher (WINNER)
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
Honorary Academy Awards:
Jean-Claude Carrière
Hayao Miyazaki
Maureen O’Hara
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:
Harry Belafonte