Finally, the wait is over. The most prestigious and famous film awards in Hollywood, the 87th Academy Awards (or simply known as the Oscars, name of the gold statuettes presented to winners) was held successfully on Sunday’s night, February 22nd, 2015. It’s the Hollywood’s biggest event! Fortunately, I got to watch some key parts of the awards ceremony live in my hotel room in the morning over at Indonesia during my vacation.
Hereby are the full list of winners for the 87th Oscars alongside with my thoughts on some categories I’m particularly interested on:
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
JK Simmons for Whiplash (Winner)
Robert Duvall for The Judge
Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
Edward Norton for Birdman
Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher
Comment: A very much predictable outcome. JK Simmons is simply the best among the five nominees. Edward Norton, a strong dark horse could not catch up to Simmons’ tempo in this since the latter also swept most of the supporting actor awards available in the awards season before this Oscars. Very well deserved. He is fantastic in Whiplash.
ACHIEVEMENT IN 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
Comment: Also another expected result. The Grand Budapest Hotel simply excels than the others in most of the technical categories but will not turn out to be the best picture winner at the end of the night simply because it lacks the ‘power’ of doing so from the style and type of the story the film delivered. Lovely costumes observed in the film, and so I can say it’s deserving too.
ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLING
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier (Winner)
Foxcatcher – Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard
Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White
Comment: Ahhaa…The Grand Budapest Hotel again. Also expected, but I actually prefer ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to take this one. But, you know, Oscars don’t really like sci-fi superhero film to win.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ida – Paweł Pawlikowski (Winner)
Tangerines – Zaza Urushadze
Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev
Wild Tales – Damián Szifrón
Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby, James Lucas (Winner)
Aya – Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney
Butter Lamp – Wei Hu, Julien Féret
Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi, Stefan Eichenberger
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry (Winner)
Joanna – Aneta Kopacz
Our Curse – Tomasz Sliwinski, Maciej Slesicki
The Reaper – Gabriel Serra
White Earth – Christian Jensen
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley (Winner)
American Sniper – John T Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin
Birdman – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Thomas Varga
Interstellar – Gary Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten
Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, David Lee
Comment: Happy for Whiplash to get further recognition besides only the supporting actor category.
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman (Winner)
Birdman – Aaron Glascock, Martín Hernández
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge, Jason Canovas
Interstellar – Richard King
Unbroken – Becky Sullivan, Andrew DeCristofaro
Comment: I knew it. The Academy would really wish to honour American Sniper, at least on this single category. Fine.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (Winner)
Laura Dern for Wild
Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game
Emma Stone for Birdman
Meryl Streep for Into the Woods
Comment: A very much expected result too. Patricia Arquette had been sweeping all supporting actress awards and this should not be an exception. She is lovely as the mother in the movie Boyhood. She deserved the award. Some are actually hoping for Emma Stone to win but I think her acting is not great enough in Birdman to win the Oscars yet.
ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Interstellar – Paul J Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R Fisher (Winner)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, Daniel Sudick
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist
Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, Paul Corbould
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer
Comment: This is the only category that the Academy can really think of to at least honour Interstellar with a single Oscars. Interstellar is really a good movie, but since Gravity (another outer space film last year) had already won many Oscars in the last edition of the awards, the Academy will find it too quick this time to honour another outer space film again. So, Interstellar can only pull this one off. Nothing else eventhough I personally think Interstellar is seriously a very good and intelligent film.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Feast – Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed (Winner)
The Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs, Chris Hees
The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo, Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi
Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove
A Single Life – Joris Oprins
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Big Hero 6 (Winner)
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Comment: I’m still not done yet with my frustration towards the Academy for not even nominating The Lego Movie. This is the biggest error they had in this year’s Oscars. The Lego Movie easily tops the rest of the films above. Anyway, the reality is it isn’t here. Big Hero 6’s win in this is also quite surprising since many predictors had expected How To Train Your Dragon 2 to win. This is a close race between that and Big Hero 6, but in the end, the latter wins. I enjoyed both films, and so I’m fine with any of those two winning.
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (Winner)
The Imitation Game: Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar: Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
Into the Woods: Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock
Mr Turner: Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts
Comment: The Grand Budapest Hotel is magnificent on its production design and effort. By far one of the most impressive works (in terms of production design) I have seen in recent years. Very well deserved win.
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman: Emmanuel Lubezki (Winner)
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Robert D Yeoman
Ida: Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr Turner: Dick Pope
Unbroken: Roger Deakins
Comment: Another predictable outcome. Birdman stunned us on its excellent and beautiful cinematography. The use of single-shot style throughout most of the film is remarkable. Who else can beat Birdman on this? No one.
ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
Whiplash – Tom Cross (Winner)
Boyhood – Sandra Adair
The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
American Sniper – Joel Cox, Gary Roach
Comment: Didn’t expect Whiplash will win this too. This is quite a surprise. I expect Boyhood to take this one. It’s no easy to edit many scenes taken in the length of 12 years into a single film beautifully.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky (Winner)
Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester
The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier
Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Glory from Selma – Lonnie Lynn (Common), John Stephens (John Legend) (Winner)
The Lego Movie – Shawn Patterson (Everything Is Awesome)
Beyond the Lights – Diane Warren (Grateful)
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond (I’m Not Gonna Miss You)
Begin Again – Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois (Lost Stars)
Comment: I knew the Academy is not going to let Selma down again by letting the movie’s song to win this. Selma is already snubbed in many nominations, so this is like a consolation for the movie. So now, everything is seriously not awesome for The Lego Movie.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel (Winner)
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Jóhann Jóhannsson– The Theory of Everything
Gary Yershon – Mr Turner
Comment: Many said that it’s time to honour Alexandre Desplat. He had produced many beautiful movie scores in the past but never wins. So, I’m glad that this time he is recognized finally. However, I don’t really think his score in The Grand Budapest Hotel is as good as Johann Johannsson’s one for The Theory of Everything.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman (Winner)
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
E Max Frye, Dan Futterman – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Comment: Wow…Birdman for original screenplay. Also quite a surprise. That means Academy do loves Birdman over Boyhood. The film’s screenplay didn’t feel that ‘original’ or superior than the other nominees. I actually prefer Nightcrawler to win this. Nightcrawler is a great film and is been shut off completely by Academy. That is so mean.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game (Winner)
Jason Hall – American Sniper
Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
Comment: Happy for The Imitation Game to win this one at least. It is another excellent and solid film that had quite a number of nominations but is expected to come down maximum to only a single win. So, this is for the movie.
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman (Winner)
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game
Comment: It’s a tight race between Alejandro and Richard all the way. But in the end, Alejandro wins as all the waves are riding high for Birdman. I actually prefer Richard to win. Hey…he used 12 years to make Boyhood film. That’s already an achievement in the history of the cinema. Pity for Richard.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything (Winner)
Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game
Bradley Cooper for American Sniper
Michael Keaton for Birdman
Comment: Yes. I’m excited that Eddie Redmayne wins. He stunned the world from his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything. He nailed the role so well that you actually thinks that it’s Stephen himself in the movie. Before the Oscars, many said this is a very close call between Eddie and Michael. Michael is good in Birdman and I actually had a bit of worry that Michael will take home this too in the current high momentum of Birdman. But fortunately, the Academy made the right decision and honour Eddie instead. A very deserving win.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Julianne Moore for Still Alice (Winner)
Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon for Wild
Comment: A very much expected result, and I’m happy that Julianne wins. She is overdue for this awards and she had been nominated four times previously in the Oscars but without a single win. This is her time to shine, and yes, she won it. A very professional and great actress, Julianne’s portrayal of a woman struck with Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice is remarkable.
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Theory of Everything
Comment: Finally, all results revealed. Birdman took home the biggest prize of the night. The best film for the year 2014 recognition by Oscars. I’m fine with it since I personally enjoyed Birdman more than Boyhood. This is a close battle between Birdman and Boyhood from the very beginning. In the end, Birdman flies for the win. Quite deserving eventhough I personally root for The Theory of Everything (but I never think it will win).
Overall thoughts and summary:
- Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is the biggest winner of the night, winning four major prizes: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Now, there is no more reason for you not to watch Birdman if you haven’t. The movie which centred on the excellent acting by the cast, did not actually win anything in the acting categories ironically. Everyone nominated from the cast is second in line to win in their respective categories (Michael behind Eddie for Leading Actor, Edward behind Simmons for Supporting Actor and Emma behind Patricia for Supporting Actress).
- Boyhood ended the night with only a single win (Best Supporting Actress) disappointingly. It lost out the major battle to Birdman. The movie first is predicted by most to score big in the early awards season, and it did so. But as the season is drawing closer to major guilds and the Oscars, it somehow loses momentum, and that makes way for Birdman to fly high.
- The Grand Budapest Hotel also ties with Birdman as film with the most number of wins. The film won 4, all in technical categories; Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up and Hairstyling and Best Original Score.
- Whiplash performed better than expected in the Oscars, winning three awards; Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
- Each films nominated in Best Picture won at least a single award.
- I personally think that Neil Patrick Harris actually hosted the Oscars better than Ellen deGeneres last year, but most others out there think the otherwise.
- Overall, the 87th Oscars delivered some very good results to overcome the backlash the Academy received earlier (for this year’s Oscars being the whitest, major snub for Selma, Nightcrawler and The Lego Movie, etc).
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)