"Birdman" Soars With Four Oscars
The Oscars. Here’s what I didn’t see: I did not see any of the big awards, all though I predicted them all. That would be Birdman. Inarritu, Redmayne. Moore. Birdman and Imitation Game for the Screenplays. And, earlier in the evening, Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress, and Just Kidding Simmons for Best Supporting for Whiplash.
Well deserved all.
I did not stay up for the big Sean Penn joke/non-joke, in which he suggested that the Oscars would help Alejandro Inarritu get his green card.
Likewise, I missed the performance of the song “Glory”, that brought everyone to tears, especially Chris Pine, who wept openly, God love him. Nothing like having a camera up in your grill, broadcasting to billions while you’re trying to suck back the tears.
And, perhaps more distressingly, I missed Lady Gaga’s tribute to The Sound of Music. It’s something I can’t face.
I did not see John Travolta’s introduction of Idina Menzel, but I hear he stroked her chin. (Also a photo of him kissing Scarlett Johanssen that is the stuff of nightmares).
I DID see all the Everything is Awesome performance, which injected some much needed life into the show, and provided a whole bunch of Lego Oscars that popped up in celebrity selfies for the rest of the evening.
I did see that Polish director –Pavel Paulikowski) shut down the orchestra when it tried so rudely to play him off:
And mostly I saw a lot of Jenifer Lopez’s boobs. For a change.
I went to bed just before the In Memoriam bit, where the Oscars see dead people, but apparently they didn’t see Joan Rivers or Elaine Stritch, who were left off the list. Nice touch, Oscar.
I don’t know what they have to do to make the Academy Awards more interesting.
Neil Patrick Harris was an able host, but able isn’t good enough. And his jokes were TERRIBLE: gay jokes Matt Damon and Ben Affleck? Really NPH? IN 2015?
And how about: “Here’s a presenter so lovely you could eat her with a spoon – here’s Reese Witherspoon”??? That’s my go-to joke when I don’t HAVE ANYTHING ELSE.
The Oscars have more than two dozen writers going non-stop for 3 months leading up to the show, and this is what they come up with.
Problem with the Oscars: it’s too safe, too reverent, too predictable. Let people rip. Let them vent, let them support causes and go off the script.
Maybe they should take a page form Glengarry Glenn Ross. The winner gets the Oscar, the second runner up gets a set of knives, and the rest never work in Hollywood again.
As for the speeches, if they’re good, let ‘em talk, and if they’re not …. TRAP DOOR!
Two Canadians are heading home with Oscars following The 87th Academy Awards.
Kitchener native Chris Williams and Craig Mann of Oakville both collected hardware for the first time in their careers.
Williams, who co-directed Big Hero 6, accepted the award for best animated feature.
Williams, a graduate of Sheridan College in Oakville, was previously nominated for the 2008 film Bolt.
The Oscar for Sound Mixing went to Craig Mann for his work on Whiplash.
Oscars 2015: The Full List Of Winners
Best supporting actor
WINNER: JK Simmons for Whiplash
Robert Duvall for The Judge
Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
Edward Norton for Birdman
Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher
Achievement in costume design
WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Maleficent – Anna B Sheppard
Mr Turner – Jacqueline Durran
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier
Foxcatcher – Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard
Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White
Best foreign-language film
WINNER: Ida – Paweł Pawlikowski
Tangerines – Zaza Urushadze
Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev
Wild Tales – Damián Szifrón
Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
Best live-action short film
WINNER: The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby, James Lucas
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
WINNER: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry
Joanna – Aneta Kopacz
Our Curse – Tomasz Sliwinski, Maciej Slesicki
The Reaper – Gabriel Serra
White Earth – Christian Jensen
Achievement in sound mixing
WINNER: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley
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
Achievement in sound editing
WINNER: American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
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
Best supporting actress
WINNER: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Laura Dern for Wild
Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game
Emma Stone for Birdman
Meryl Streep for Into the Woods
Achievement in visual effects
WINNER: Interstellar – Paul J Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R Fisher
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
Best animated short film
WINNER: Feast – Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed
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
WINNER: Big Hero 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Best production design
WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
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
Achievement in cinematography
WINNER: Birdman: Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Robert D Yeoman
Ida: Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr Turner: Dick Pope
Unbroken: Roger Deakins
Achievement in film editing
WINNER: Whiplash – Tom Cross
Boyhood – Sandra Adair
The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
American Sniper – Joel Cox, Gary Roach
Best documentary feature
WINNER: Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky
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
WINNER: Glory from Selma – Lonnie Lynn (Common), John Stephens (John Legend)
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)
Best original score
WINNER: Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Jóhann Jóhannsson– The Theory of Everything
Gary Yershon – Mr Turner
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
E Max Frye, Dan Futterman – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
WINNER: Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Jason Hall – American Sniper
Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game
WINNER: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game
Bradley Cooper for American Sniper
Michael Keaton for Birdman
WINNER: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon for Wild
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Theory of Everything