Arts and Entertainment
Birdman Dominates 2015 Oscars
Patricia Arquette uses acceptance speech to call for equal pay for women
Birdman was the toast of Hollywood last night as it scooped four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu.
It may have won Best Picture, but it had to be content with sharing title of most successful film at the Oscars last night, as The Grand Budapest Hotel also scooped four gongs.
It was expected to be a two horse race between Birdman and Boyhood in the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay categories, but it was the former that came out on top scooping them all.
Boyhood may have been picking awards left, right, and centre in recent weeks, but it only managed to scoop one last night – Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette.
Arquette now has the full set of Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, and Bafta for her performance in Boyhood. In fact, there were no surprises in the acting categories at all, as Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, and J.K. Simmons were expected to win Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor.
Redmayne had already won a Golden Globe, SAG, and Bafta for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and was the favourite going into the ceremony last night. This was the first nomination of his career, as he saw off Michael Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper, and Steve Carell.
Julianne Moore was the Best Actress favourite before the awards season even got underway. Her role in Still Alice brought her a fifth Oscar nomination, but this marks her first win.
The Grand Budapest Hotel was another big winner last night, as it also scooped four gongs. The Wes Anderson directed film took home Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup/Hairstyling, and Original Score.
Whiplash was also a multiple winner, as it took home Supporting Actor, Sound Mixing, and Film Editing.
Ida and CitizenFour have already enjoyed awards success in recent weeks but they both took home the big prize as they won Best Foreign Language Film and Best Documentary.
Big Hero 6 also tasted awards success as the latest Disney movie won Best Animated Feature – that is a Disney win in this category two years in a row: last year saw Frozen triumph.
Patricia Arquette gave a rousing acceptance speech at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, one that had even the Oscar’s grande dame Meryl Streep declaring ‘Made my night!’
After accepting her best supporting actress statue for Boyhood with thwwe typical thank yous, Arquette went a little off script, saying:
‘To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer of this nation. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all in the United States of America.’
Joan Rivers snubbed from Oscars’ In Memoriam
Last night’s Oscars’ In Memoriam segment noticeably omitted Joan Rivers, prompting outrage from viewers.
Dying last September aged 81, there was no mention on the annual rollcall of the most notable Hollywood stars who have passed away in the last 12 months.
Kelly Osbourne was left disgusted when the star was ignored, and tweeted her shock at the snub following the section.
“Am I missing something or was @Joan_Rivers really left out of the #Oscars memorials? (sic)”.
Though she was mostly known for television work, Joan did feature in a number of movies including Shrek 2, Rabbit Test and The Swimmer.
However, the Academy have addressed complaints and said a limited number of spaces were available, so they’ve opted to instead honour her online in a gallery.
A statement from them to the Hollywood Reporter reads: “Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com.”
Oscar Winner Lists
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
Original Screenplay: Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
Best Animated Movie: Big Hero Six – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
Best Documentary Feature: Citizen Four – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Achievement in Costume Design: Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel
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
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 Original Song: Glory – John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
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
Best Animated Short: Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed