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Birdman Dominates 2015 Oscars

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By EMN Updated: Feb 24, 2015 12:45 am
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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

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By EMN Updated: Feb 24, 2015 12:45:53 am