The 87th Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2014 and took place on February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
As usual there was great speculation about who would win the coveted golden statues in the grand star studded ceremony. For all you movie buffs, here’s everything you should know about the 2015 Oscars!
Host Neil Patrick Harris kicked off the show with a song which paid homage to Hollywood’s film industry, accompanied by Anna Kendrick and Jack Black.
The movie everyone was talking about on Sunday was undoubtedly Birdman, which picked up 4 awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. This is the first time Mexican directors have won the Best Director award two years in a row. Alfonso Cuarón won last year for Gravity.
Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor award for his brilliant portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.
The statue for Best Actress was bagged by Julianne Moore for her role as an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice.
J K Simmons won a well deserved Best Supporting Actor award for his performance as a harsh jazz music instructor in Whiplash which was critically acclaimed as a cinematic and musical masterpiece. The movie picked up 2 other awards as well for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Best Supporting Actress was awarded to Patricia Arquette for Boyhood, a film about a boy’s journey through life that was 12 years in the making. Her wining speech included a powerful statement about womens’ rights and wage equality.
Another big winning film was Wes Anderson’s comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel which picked up 4 awards including Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Make-Up, Best Score and Best Production Design.
The delightful Big Hero 6 went on to win Best Animated Film.
Christopher Nolan’s Sci-Fi blockbuster Interstellar picked up a more than deserved Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
The Oscars did not disappoint when it came to musical performances. Common and John legend had the audience in tears with a soul touching performance of “Glory” from “Selma” while Lady Gaga performed songs from Sound Of Music to celebrate the movie’s 50th anniversary.
That’s all for 2015! Now comes the long wait and another year of blockbusters before the 2016 Oscars!