That's it. The 87th Academy Awards are over. The Oscar race is done. Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman is 2014's Best Picture. How did we get here? Back in August, I thought for sure Boyhood had this in the bag. But there's this curse of the frontrunner that is becoming prevalent as years go by. If the critics hail it, the Academy is sure to have its own opinion. Therefore as you look at the best picture winners down the years, you'll notice that what was essentially the best film that year never ended up winning the big prize and sometimes it's better for it.
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This year's host Neil Patrick Harris, after a solid opening musical number (and ably supported by Anna Kendrick and Jack Black), faltered in the comedy bits throughout the rest of the show. I think they forgot the part about hiring actual comedy writers to write the jokes and presenter introductions. While part of the problem at the Golden Globes was that we didn't see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, we kept wanting more. Here Harris was everywhere (not necessary a bad thing) but with jokes that weren't getting any laughs. It was just awkward because Neil's so winsome when he's hosted the Emmys and the Tonys. He should have just gone off script.
But getting back to the show, it was a weird night for an Oscar show. All the Best Picture nominees won at least one Oscar so no one was shut out. It was the Oprah effect. "You get an Oscar, you get an Oscar and you get an Oscar!". For once, the musical numbers for the best song nominees weren't bad. Though I don't believe the Oscars were prepared or even ready for the stage performance that was 'Everything is Awesome'. That was light years ahead of the Academy, as is evidenced by The LEGO Movie not even being nominated for Best Animated Feature.
The LEGO Movie's exclusion meant that the LEGO Oscar teased by co-director Phil Lord the day of the Oscar nominations became the most coveted statue in the Dolby Theatre. During the performance, the dancers handed them out to the celebs seated Everyone, and I mean everyone, was happily posing with them. Excuse me while I go Google 'How to make your own LEGO Oscar'.
My personal picks were woefully miscalculated. I picked the nominees who I thought were going to win and was pleasantly surprised to see that who I wanted to win initially walked away with the Oscar. Whiplash's win in editing, Interstellar's win for Double Negative's out of this world special effects and Alexandre Desplat's finally, finally winning after seven nominations, these were just a few of my hopeful picks and I'm so glad that they won.
Last night was also the night that Hollywood brought out its activism in full force. Winners like Patricia Arquette (highlighting wage equality for women), Graham Moore (in the night's most emotional speech on being different) and John Legend and Common spoke up about marching on and fighting for what they believed in. Legend and Common brought the Dolby audience to their feet with their performance of 'Glory' from Selma. David Oyelowo and Chris Pine were moved to tears. Both of them spoke so eloquently on what the late Dr. King's march means today and why we must continue to speak up and act on the civil rights around the world.
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To those who didn't win tonight, don't fret, this is indeed of the world. Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees for their outstanding work in 2014 and let's meet back her again in a year to celebrate 2015. Good night!
Here's the complete list of winners below.
BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Julianne Moore in Still Alice
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood
Big Hero 6: Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Milena Canonero
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Alejandro G. Iñárritu
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
CitizenFour: Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1: Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Whiplash: Tom Cross
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Alexandre Desplat
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Glory” from Selma
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
The Grand Budapest Hotel Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Feast: Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
The Phone Call: Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
American Sniper: Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Whiplash: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Interstellar: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
The Imitation Game: Written by Graham Moore
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo