The Oscars 2015 – Nominees, Winners & Losers

Well, another year has passed, as well as this year’s Academy Awards. Therefore, i´d like to take a look back on the events of the evening.

After winning the Oscars in the most important categories like BEST PICTURE & BEST DIRECTOR, BIRDMAN can be regarded as the biggest Winner of the evening. WHIPLASH, the lowest grossing movie to be nominated for BEST PICTURE this year was the underdog that positively surprised everyone by winning three Oscars, including the one for BEST EDITING and the acting Oscar in the SUPPORTING ROLE category. And I can´t state this enough: Absolutely justified!  WHISPLASH tells the story of a young  drummer who has to endure the harassment of his band leader, who was brilliantly played by JK Simmons who and who SO deserved to win this award. To be honest, this was the award that I personally enjoyed the most.

Neil Patrick Harris was the host this year and while some people were not really happy with his presentation, I felt like he was pretty much ok, though he wasn´t nearly as funny as Ellen Degeneres last year. But yeah, Neil Patrick Harris was ok and definitely not the total failure that some people saw in him.

The German Wim Wenders unfortunately went away empty-handed with his documentary THE SALT OF THE EARTH. However, he has really won me with his very sympathetic interview on the red carpet before the actual ceremony. I actually dislike some of his movies and I had no idea he´s such a friendly person. But against the Snowden documentation CITIZEN FOUR which won in this category, his THE SALT OF THE EARTH was chanceless . Especially because of the political relevancy of CITIZEN FOUR, it won the academy by storm. The documentation follows Edward Snowden during the early days of his leaks and no matter what stance you have on the subject, it was really fascinating to watch.

THE GRAND HOTEL BUDAPEST by cult director Wes Anderson won a couple of Oscars too, but mostly in the style-related categories such as MAKE-UP, BEST COSTUME DESIGN and PRODUCTION DESIGN. But because of the strong competition from great movies like THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING and THE IMITATION GAME it had a hard time winning some more awards in the more prestigious categories. Nonetheless, The GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL was great movie that deserved every single Oscar that it got.

The Oscar for BEST EDITING went to WHIPLASH. Although I probably am one of the most unmusical Individiums alive, WHIPLASH totally rocked because of the brilliant acting by JK Simmons and a wonderful editing. So yeah, those Oscars are totally fine for me.

BEST SCORE also went to THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. I personally liked Hans Zimmer’s pumping soundtrack to INTERSTELLAR very much but against the dreamy score of THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, it was kinda hopeless.

BEST FILM SONG was Glory, presented by an unbelievably strong John Legend and accompanied by the rapper Common. The song is on the soundtrack to the anti-racism drama SELMA, and many people in the audience were in tears due to the very moving presentation. Really happy about how John Legend´s career has turned out because he is currently one of the hottest artists and I  really enjoyed his performance. Unfortunately, the similarly great song the LEGO film, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME went away empty handed.

The Oscar for BEST SOUND went to WHIPLASH, which was kinda surprising to me, though it´s a music film. Nonetheless, there was strong competition in this category, such as AMERICAN SNIPER.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS went to INTERSTELLAR; and I was personally delighted that the film did at least win this Oscar, though it was up against some other very strong movies like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

The award for BEST CAMERA went to Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman and thinking about the unbelievable camera movements that they built in some of the scenes, this was really justified.

The Oscar for the best foreign-language film went Poland for IDA, which tells about the journey of young novice Anna to her past in the Poland in the 1960s. And the director totally killed it during his sympathetic speech because he almost had to be carried away to get him of the stage while the audience totally loved it.
You know, I will
never understand that the Academy wont allow people who have just won the most important award of the film industry a few more seconds to thank all those who brought them to this very point in their lives.

Besides the Oscar for JK Simmons, I am also very happy about the award for the awesome Eddie Redmayne in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Not that the other actors, including the always classy Michael Keaton, were any worse, but against Reddmayne´s portrayal of the young Stephen Hawking, no one had a chance. The fun thing is that before the Oscars, I was heavily criticized for seeing Redmayne as a winner and therefore I take his victory also with a bit with satisfaction now. Nevertheless, I was really sad that Michael Keaton couldnt win an Oscar for his great performance in BIRDMAN too and I so hope he´ll be back next year. Every other year, he´d probably won the BEST ACTOR Oscar but against Eddie Redmayne, it was just not possible.

Still, BIRDMAN was the big winner of the evening by winning BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR and BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY. And that´s a good thing because the excellent and experimental style of BIRDMAN truly was a piece of art.

The BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY was Graham Moore’s screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME, based on a book about the gay mathematician Alan Turing, who, despite his genius and his major contribution to the victory of the allies during ww2, was driven into suicide due to his Homosexuality.

The award for BEST ANIMATED FILM went to BIG HERO 6. Not much to say about this because I am not really a fan of animated movies but I really liked the trailer and am optimistic they picked the best movie.

The female acting Oscar in the supporting roles category went to Patricia Arquette  for her great performance in BOYHOOD and Julianne Moore received the award in the LEAD ACTRESS category for STILL ALICE.

So overall a successful Oscar-year with many titles that were totally dead-even this year . I had really severe problems guessing a winner in the BEST PICTURE and BEST DIRECTOR categories, because all of the nominees were kinda successful in their own way. This is emphasized by the fact that all eight films that were nominated for BEST PICTURE won at least one Oscar.

The one negative that comes in my mind was a HUGE spoiler of GONE GIRL that was shown in one of the Oscar trailers and gave away a very important part of the plot. So yeah, I was really glad that I´ve already seen it; otherwise I´d be pretty pissed now.

The most emotional announcement was probably TERENCE HOWARD´s speech about Alan Turing and the discrimination of homosexuals. But yeah, that summs everything up perfectly and I was pretty happy about this year´s show.

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  1. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
  2. Bradley Cooper(American Sniper)
  3. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  4. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  5. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Best Picture

  1. American Sniper
  2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  3. Boyhood
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. The Imitation Game
  6. Selma
  7. The Theory of Everything
  8. Whiplash

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Robert Duvalli(The Judge)
  2. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  3. Edward Norton (Birdman)
  4. Mark Ruffalo(Foxcatcher)
  5. J.K. Simmons(Whiplash)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  2. Laura Dern (Wild)
  3. Keira Knightley(The Imitation Game)
  4. Emma Stone(Birdman)
  5. Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  1. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  2. Felicity Jones(The Theory of Everything)
  3. Julianne Moore(Still Alice)
  4. Rosamund Pike(Gone Girl)
  5. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Best Animated Feature

  1. Big Hero 6 (Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli)
  2. The Boxtrolls(Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight)
  3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold)
  4. Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore and Paul Young)
  5. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura)

Best Directing

  1. Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman)
  2. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  3. Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
  4. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  5. Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

Best Documentary Feature Film

  1. CitizenFour (Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky)
  2. Finding Vivian Maier (John Maloof and Charlie Siskel)
  3. Last Days in Vietnam (Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlesterl)
  4. The Salt of the Earth (Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier)
  5. Virunga(Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara)

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Ida (Poland)
  2. Leviathan (Russia)
  3. Tangerines(Estonia)
  4. Timbuktu (Mauritania)
  5. Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo)
  2. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
  3. Foxcatcher (E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman)
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
  5. Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. American Sniper (Jason Hall)
  2. The Imitation Game (Written by Graham Moore)
  3. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  4. The Theory of Everything (Anthony McCarten)
  5. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)