Birdman flies high for 2015 Academy Awards

oscars-2015-stage-production_gallery_primaryIt’s a time-honored tradition of mine to provide an Oscar recap the day after the annual Academy Awards gala each year. It’s also becoming a regular ritual to summarize what a bore the telecast was.

Outside of a few moments of inspired political and social notice during acceptance speeches, the near-four-hour yawn-fest of an awards show provided few highlights. The awards winners were pretty by the books, as yours truly went 20-for-24 on the night. When your biggest upset is in Best Original Score, you know the excitement for original choices is practically non-existent.

“Birdman” was the night’s big winner with four trophies, included Best Picture. It’s primary competition, “Boyhood,” turned into a real disappointment. The indie critical darling only scored one award the whole night for Best Supporting Actress. At least Patricia Arquette got time to shine in her acceptance speech by advocating for female equality.

Speaking of great speeches, “Imitation Game’s” Graham Moore knocked it out of the park with his “Be weird” artist speech for the film’s screenplay win. It looked like with all the “Whiplash” love early on that the film could upset in the category. Moore’s speech makes me happy it didn’t.

Some other great things for the evening included the “Everything is Awesome” performance, Lady Gaga’s “Sound of Music” tribute and Octavia Spencer keeping her cool as host Neil Patrick Harris’ “help” during the telecast.

Even though Harris is a seasoned hosting vet, even he felt like a fish-out-of-water in front of the Academy. The opening number was a bust, and most jokes fell flat. Perhaps next year they should switch back to having a comedian in the role who can at least blurt out some decent one-liners.

Oh yes, and I’m very glad I called the “Big Hero 6” upset in Best Animated Feature. It was a well-deserved win. Otherwise, it was your typical season with a pretty weak line-up of contenders. Here’s hoping the 2016 awards crop provides a more interesting yield.

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The Complete Winners List:

Best Picture

“Birdman”

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Original Screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida”

Best Documentary Feature
“CITIZENFOUR”

Best Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6”

Best Film Editing
“Whiplash”

Best Original Song
“Glory” from “Selma” (written by Common and John Legend)

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper”

Best Sound Mixing
“Whiplash”

Best Visual Effects
“Interstellar”

Best Short Film, Live Action
“The Phone Call”

Best Short Film, Animated
“Feast”

Best Documentary, Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

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