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SPECIAL EVENT: Oscar Awards 2015

Eddie Redmayne with his brand new Oscar on Sunday
Eddie Redmayne with his brand new Oscar on Sunday

The envelopes have been opened, the dresses and tuxedos returned (or stored for another year) and another gang of gold statuettes, fondly referred to as “Oscar” have all found new homes.

Yes, The 87th Annual Academy Awards, otherwise known as The Oscars, have come to a close.  It was a night of cheers, tears and praise from peers and we loved it as always.

Some of our favourite moments?

That Opening number!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yap62oYtAJE

Patricia Arquette’s speech with support from Meryl Streep:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAVnDAmFtvA

The performance of the Oscar-winning song “Glory” from Selma and David Oyelowo’s reaction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25bAn6iAkcc

Lady Gaga … what more can we say?:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqGGYJxVRFI

The beautiful speech from Graham Moore, screenwriter of The Imitation Game:

Birdman, Birdman, Birdman!
(and we thought we’d share this hilarious, totally-off-the-cuff, Oscars backstage interview with director, Alejandro G. Iñarritu, because … why not?):

Eddie Redmayne’s reaction, speech, reaction during his speech … we just love everything about this guy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwOrfurEVjo

In fact, while we’re on the subject of Eddie Redmayne, watch and listen to his backstage interviews just after winning the Oscar for some great tips on movement techniques used to recreate Stephen Hawking’s ALS symptoms/physicality where he speaks about the importance of research.  Keep watching to hear Eddie also acknowledge Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne (who currently play “Karl Kennedy” and “Susan Kennedy” on Neighbours here in Australia) as influences on his work.

Why was he asked a question about Fletch and Jackie?  Because of his recent Elle magazine interview in the UK when he reportedly said about them: “Watch, and you’ll find that everything they do is on another level of genius. I really do think so. They are the greatest unsung acting duo in history … (If I met them) that would be complete stage fright. I’ve met quite a few extraordinary actors, but either Susan or Karl? Well, I don’t think I’d be able to talk.” Oscar-winning fanboys – gotta love it. And why not?  We’re all actors, in part, because we were fans of someone doing the same job at some stage, and this is a good reminder to continue to be a fan – no matter how far we get in the biz. Always remember and celebrate your influences and be grateful they showed you it was possible. Love.

Here is a full list of nominees and winners from the ceremony:

BEST PICTURE

Birdman – WINNER
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR

Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman – WINNER
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Cate Blanchett congratulates Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne at the Oscar Ceremony backstage area on Sunday
Cate Blanchett congratulates Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne at the Oscar Ceremony backstage area on Sunday

BEST ACTOR

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything – WINNER
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman

BEST ACTRESS

Julianne Moore, Still Alice – WINNER
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – WINNER
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – WINNER
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki – WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Unbroken – Roger Deakin

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida – WINNER
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Imitation Game – WINNER
American Sniper
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman – WINNER
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Foxcatcher
Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

‘Glory,’ Selma – WINNER
‘Lost Stars,’ Begin Again
‘Everything is Awesome,’ The LEGO Movie
‘Grateful,’ Beyond the Lights
‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You,’ Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Big Hero 6 – WINNER
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

BEST DOCUMENTARY—SHORT

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – WINNER
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

BEST FILM EDITING

Whiplash – WINNER
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Feast – WINNER
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

The Phone Call – WINNER
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh

BEST SOUND EDITING

American Sniper – WINNER
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

BEST SOUND MIXING

Whiplash – WINNER
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Interstellar – WINNER
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

BEST DOCUMENTARY — FEATURE

Citizenfour – WINNER
Finding Vivien Maier
Last Days of Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

And here’s a quick recap of the night, courtesy of the Associated Press:

SPECIAL EVENT: 2015 Oscar Nominees Announced

So, the 2015 Academy Award Nominees have been announced by directors J. J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón, Into the Woods star Chris Pine and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs this morning in Hollywood and there are some no-brainers, some surprises and a couple of omissions that have got people scratching their heads.

While we haven’t seen the film yet, we were surprised that Selma didn’t get more nods than it did.  While getting a Best Picture nomination is lovely, it seems odd that it’s star, David Oyelowo didn’t get a look-in for Best Actor at least, considering the buzz we’d been hearing about his work in the film.  Same goes for the film’s director, Ava DuVernay (we’ve always wondered, how does a film get nominated for Best Picture without also getting nominated for Best Director and/or Best Screenplay?)  Also, The Lego Movie got mentioned, but only for Best Original Song, when it seemed it would be a shoe-in for Best Animated Feature.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel tied for the most nominations this year – coming in at 9 nominations each, although no nomination for Ralph Fiennes, despite a highly praised leading man turn as the character of “M. Gustave”.  And Meryl Streep continues to hold the record as the actor with the most Oscar nominations ever, now totalling 19 with today’s announcement of a Best Actress nomination for Into The Woods.

We were delighted to see nominations for J.K. Simmons, Ethan Hawke, Rosamund Pike and Laura Dern to name a few, but are delighted for all the actors who scored a nod this time around as the Academy chose to only fill 5 of the available slots in each acting category, and competition was stiff this year, so well done to all.

It just goes to show that Awards are never a foregone conclusion and anything can happen in this biz.

Whatever we (and others) thought about the final list, here are the nominations in their entirety:

Best Picture

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

  • Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor

  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J. K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Cinematography

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Mr. Turner
  • Unbroken

Best Director

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Original Screenplay

  • Boyhood
  • Birdman
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Ida, Poland
  • Leviathan, Russia
  • Tangerines, Estonia
  • Timbuktu, Mauritania
  • Wild Tales, Argentina

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Theory of Everything

Best Costume Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inherent Vice
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent
  • Mr. Turner

Best Documentary Feature

  • Citizenfour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • Salt of the Earth
  • Virunga

Best Documentary Short

  • Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
  • Joanna
  • Our Curse
  • The Reaper
  • White Earth

Best Film Editing

  • American Sniper
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Whiplash

Best Animated Feature

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Original Song

  • “Lost Stars,” Begin Again
  • “Grateful,” Beyond the Lights
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  • “Everything is Awesome,” The Lego Movie
  • “Glory,” Selma

Best Production Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr. Turner

Best Animated Short Film

  • The Bigger Picture
  • The Dam Keeper
  • Feast
  • Me and My Moulton
  • A Single Life

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • Aya
  • Boogaloo and Graham
  • Butter Lamp
  • Paraveneh
  • The Phone Call

Best Sound Editing

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken

Best Sound Mixing

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

Best Visual Effects

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

SPECIAL EVENT: Live Stream For Oscars Nomination Announcement

This is a big week in Hollywood.  The Golden Globe Awards have come and gone and in fifteen hours’ time the official Oscar nomination announcements will be taking place.

Who will make the cut? We find out at 12.30am tomorrow morning (that’s Melbourne time), which is 5.30am Los Angeles time, and you can watch the whole thing live, via the Academy’s live stream on YouTube, which we have helpfully embedded for your viewing ease below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1G_C6ygtRA

Feel free to press “play”, it will then give you a simple countdown to broadcast to add to the tension …

While we’re waiting to see who will hear their names read out in less than 24 hours, here is an interesting article about who just might get a chance at the podium come February 22nd from IndieWire.com.

Enjoy! (and see you in fifteen hours’ time online!)

For Your Consideration: Final 2015 Oscar Nomination Predictions