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'Birdman' Is The Evening's High Flyer: The Winners Of The Oscars 2015

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Birdman, Boyhood, Birdman, Boyhood. What seemed to be a neck and neck race for the much coveted Best Picture Academy Award has finally been laid to rest with Birdman picking up the big award. The film by Alejandro González Iñárritu swept up with four Oscars, including Best Director, with The Grand Budapest Hotel winning big in the technical categories with four wins. Besides that, it seems that most of the year’s most celebrated movies had their fair share of success tonight. Let’s review, shall

Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette, JK Simmons ... let’s face it: all of the favourites for the big awards came out on top. We have to say we feel just a little bit sorry for everyone involved in Boyhood though; despite winning Best Supporting Actress, the 12-years-in-the-making movie lost out on all of the juiciest prizes of the evening, mostly due to Birdman. Thanks Birdman.

So now that the most important moment of the Oscars (AKA the red carpet, amirite?) has come and gone, it was time to focus on talent rather than all the dress we’ll never be able to wear in our wildest dreams. Fortunately, we’ve covered everything that happened last night, from show highlights to a list of the winners – check it out!

Oscar 2015 Highlights in Pictures

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Neil Patrick Harris
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Our Favourite Oscar Moments...

Neil Patrick Harris

The Host of the evening Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with a spectacular musical number (did we expect anything less?!), which Jack Black and Anna Kendrick joining in for good measure. We do love a good sing song! He also pulled a Birdman and arrived on stage in his underwear. OMG YASSSS!

Neil Patrick Harris y su 'paquetegate' © Getty
Neil Patrick Harris y su 'paquetegate'
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J.K. Simmons gives us a quick lecture

Winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, J. K. Simmons dedicated the statuette for his wife and his parents, saying: "Call your mother and your father, do not send them a sms or a whatsapp: call them and thank them for the time they have with you." Okay, thanks J.K. we’ll get right on that.

The Grand Budapest Hotel sweeps up

The Grand Budapest Hotel triumphed in the technical sections, winning Oscars for Best Makeup, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography and Best Soundtrack. It's fair to say it was STUNNING to look at!

© El gran hotel Budapest.
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Let's all learn together

Kerry Washington presented to award for Best Short Film, which went to The Phone Call. Its directors used their acceptance speech to talk about how much an Oscar weighs. Apparently they are 3.85 kilos. There's one for the parties!

Patricia Arquette talks equal rights

Naturally the Oscar for Best Supportive Actress went to Patricia Arquette for her role in Boyhood! This was her first nomination and she used the opportunity to speak about equality for women in the US, saying: "It's time that we have equal rights and wages." You go gurl!

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The Tribute

Meryl Streep presented the 'In Memoriam' segment to celebrate the lives of the actors, directors and writers who died last year: Mickey Rooney, Anita Ekberg, Malik Bendjelloul, Louis Jourdan, Richard Attenborough, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Gabriel García Márquez ... RIP.

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John Legend wins big

The Best Original Song Oscar goes to John Legend's Glory, written for Selma! John Legend spoke of racial struggles in the US, saying: "Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is now. Right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. There are more black men in prison today than in 1950." Luckily Chrissy Teigen had practised her crying face by that time!

The Sound of Music tribute

Okay, amazing. Celebrating 50 years of the best musical EVER The Sound of Music! One of our favorite movies, which this year celebrates 50 years. Lady Gaga performed in the tribute and showed off her vocal chops. We have to say, we love it she gets a bit serious and shows off her sheer talent behind her usual craziness! Naturally Julie Andrew also arrived on stage to thank Lady Gaga for her incredible tribute, saying: "It would have been impossible to have more luck. A fantastic music in the film consolidates memory." Sniff.

Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor

Yes! Our little ginger angel is all grown up as the actor won Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawking. Naturally the man was thrilled, and dedicated the award to everyone suffering from motor neurone disease. He said: This Oscar belongs to all who face the ALS in the world. It belongs to the family of Stephen Hawking."

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Julianne Moore wins big for Simply Alice

Julianne Moore took home for Oscar for her role in Still Alice, as a professor diagnosed with early-onset dementia. She said: "I'm glad that we could talk about Alzheimer's. These people deserve to be seen to find a cure."

© Siempre Alice
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What did you think of the evening? We'll leave you with the complete list of winners.

List of Oscar winners in 2015


  • Boyhood
  • Whiplash
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Theory of Everything


  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Bennet Miller, Foxcatcher
  • Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood


  • Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Simply Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild


  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything


  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods


  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash


  • Ida
  • Wild Tales
  • Leviathan
  • Tangerines
  • Timbuktu


  • How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • Big Hero 6
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Boxtrolls


  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Boyhood
  • Birdman
  • Nightcrawler
  • Foxcatcher


  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash
  • Inherent Vice


  • Citizenfour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Virunga


  • Aya
  • Boogaloo and Graham
  • Burter Lamp
  • Parvaneh
  • The Phone Call


  • The Bigger Picture
  • The Dam Keeper
  • Feast
  • Me and My Moulton
  • A Single Life


  • Crisis Hotline
  • Joanna
  • Our Curse
  • The Reaper
  • White Earth


  • Interstellar
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Theory of Everything
  • The Imitation game


  • Everything is Awesome, The Lego Movie
  • Glory, Selma
  • I'm not gonna miss you, Glenn Campbell: I'll be me
  • Lost Stars, Begin Again
  • Grateful, Beyond the lights


  • Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert Yeoman
  • Ida, Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
  • Mr. Turner, Dick Pope
  • Invincible, Roger Deakins


  • American Sniper, Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
  • The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg
  • Whiplash, Tom Cross
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling
  • Boyhood, Sandra Adair


  • Captain America: The WInter Soldier, Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
  • Interstellar, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past, Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer
  • The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist


  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero
  • Inherent Vice, Mark Bridges
  • Into the Woods, Colleen Atwood
  • Maleficent, Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
  • Mr. Turner, Jacqueline Durran


  • Foxcatcher, Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White


  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock
  • The Imitation Game, Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonal
  • Interstellar, Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis
  • Into the Woods, Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock
  • Mr. Turner, Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watt


  • Birdman, Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
  • American Sniper, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
  • Interstellar, Richard King
  • Invincible, Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro


  • American Sniper, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
  • Birdman, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
  • Interestelar, Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
  • Invencible, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
  • Whiplash, Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Major Films That Were Nominated

Birdman, 9 nominaciones a los Oscar © Birdman
Birdman, 9 nominaciones a los Oscar
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