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The fact is I think Alan Sepinwall's review said it perfectly, right there in the headline, really. The 87th Oscars was a memorable event despite itself. A number of touching speeches and human moments on the Dolby Theater stage mostly mitigated some tone deaf writing, late-night-level jokes and an overall flatly produced show that started off so promisingly with an inspired opening number. It was, within that, a rather fitting and organic end to an unusual film awards season. And of course it ended on a note of PC outrage. Who would expect less in this day and age? A number of socio-political statements were made by the evening's winners and none of them rang a false note. It was like the sincerity of significance was clawing past the show's need to go viral or something (thematically interesting to me given what's being studied in the Best Picture victor). Common »
- Kristopher Tapley
The 87th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last night, with Birdman named Best Picture, as well as taking home a further three awards – Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel also managed a haul of four Oscars for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Eddie Redymayne (The Theory of Everything) were honoured with Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) received Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.
You can check out a full list of the nominations below, with the winners highlighted in red…
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Achievement in directing
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu »
- Gary Collinson
A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.
Boyhood, which entered the evening on six nominations and had been expected to push Birdman in several of the senior categories on Sunday night, won a sole best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.
The film’s time in the Oscar ceremony spotlight will not be forgotten, however, as Arquette paid tribute to her “Boyhood family” and made an impassioned plea for wage equality that spread like wildfire across social media.
Eddie Redmayne from The Theory Of Everything prevailed in a tight best actor contest to deny Michael Keaton another success for Birdman. The popular victory had the British actor jumping with excitement on stage at the Dolby Theatre.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
As Billy Crystal always sang… It’s time for Oscar, Oscar Oscar.
That’s right – it’s Oscar day and Thn will be tweeting and updating you live with the latest Oscar winners at this years Academy Awards.
So don’t worry about not being close to a TV screen, stay with us as we bring you our predictions and the actual winners right here.
Here are the winners as they are announced live.
Best Actor In A Supporting Role
My Prediction: J. K. Simmons, Whiplash
Thn’s Prediction: J. K. Simmons, Whiplash
Winner: J. K. Simmons, Whiplash
Achievement In Costume Design
My Prediction: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Thn’s Prediction: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Winner: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Achievement In Makeup And Hairstyling
- Sacha Hall
See below a full list of winners from the 87th Academy Awards, announced Sunday at the Dolby Theater. The show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, aired live on ABC. “Birdman,” “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Whiplash” came out of the event as big winners.
Best Picture “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers (Winner)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
Keira Knightley in »
- Variety Staff
Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »
- Steve Montgomery
All the winners from Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards.
Show host Harris signs off with a chirpy, “Buenos noches!”
Sean Penn walks on. It’s time for the big one. Best film. Will it be Birdman or Boyhood? It’s Birdman! The movie ends the night tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel on four Oscars. Inarritu, referring to his pal Alfonso Cuaron who enjoyed success with Gravity at last year’s show, says, “Two Mexicans in a row. That’s suspicious, I guess.” Slightly more seriously, Agi also calls on his fellow Mexicans to help build a strong future for his beloved country. Wow, a good night for Birdman and a surprisingly barren one for Boyhood. Pirates indeed, Ethan Hawke, but glorious pirates.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Nearly twelve years of doing this here at Thn and I have never written an article predicting the winners of the Oscars. So, following a swift few pints in the pub on Friday evening, I thought that I would put finger to keyboard and do just that. While these are not necessarily what I want to win on Sunday evening, they are what we think will win. See if you agree.
So, this is between Birdman and Boyhood. I’ve seen both movies and loved them both, of course. I predict that Michael Keaton will possibly miss out on the Best Actor gong, and with it, I think that Birdman will be runner-up in a lot of the categories. Boyhood did extremely well at the BAFTAs two weeks ago, and I think that trend will continue here, but I do think that Birdman will nail Best Picture.
Also ran: Boyhood, »
- Paul Heath
By Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
This year there are 30 nominees in the animated category, between the Short and Features. “Don’t we love these people who bring us the magic?,” said Academy Governor Bill Kroyer as The Academy celebrated the Feature Animated films on Thursday.
The Academy presented their seventh annual event celebrating the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film.
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who won last year’s Animated Feature Film Oscar for Frozen, moderated the discussion with all the nominated filmmakers from Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya. This year’s nominated films come from around the world and encompass traditional animation, computer animation and stop-motion, and the evening also featured clips from each film.
Prior to the panel discussion, a few of the nominees spoke with Wamg.
- Movie Geeks
When the first Academy Awards were handed out on May 16, 1929, at an Academy banquet in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, movies had just begun to talk. The attendance was 270 and guest tickets cost $5. It was a long banquet, filled with speeches, but presentation of the statuettes was handled expeditiously by Academy President Douglas Fairbanks.
The suspense that now touches most of the world at Oscar time was not always a characteristic of the Awards presentation. That first year, the award recipients were announced to the public three months ahead of the ceremony.
Today, Oscar pundits and fans alike avidly watch the precursor and guild awards to ultimately make their predictions in the 24 categories. Academy members have cast their ballots, so now it’s our turn for our Oscar picks.
Need some help in that office Oscar pool or at the party you’re throwing at home? Wamg is here to help. »
- Movie Geeks
As we touched on in Writers Guild Awards coverage over the weekend, the screenplay categories are a certifiable mess this year because of all the unexpected wild cards. Best Picture frontrunner "Birdman" was ineligible for WGA. Indie favorite "Whiplash" competed in the original category with the WGA but was deemed adapted by the Academy. There hasn't been a lot of consistency in the run-up to the Oscars, so basically, you can argue things just about any way you'd like and you would have a point. But let's look at adapted specifically. If any of the nominees is just happy to be here, it's probably the best of the lot. Paul Thomas Anderson couldn't even get a little love from the Guild, which opted for "Guardians of the Galaxy" rather than "Inherent Vice." Luckily, the Academy's writers branch stuck up for him and here he is, destined to be a bridesmaid »
- Kristopher Tapley
Exclusive: One year later, 2013 Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett is ready to hit the Oscar stage again. This year she will be opening the envelope and announcing the name of the Lead Actor winner, the most hotly contested of all acting races. But when I mentioned that as I spoke with her on the phone her home in Australia, Blanchett almost brushed it aside, wanting to talk about instead about a different category: the one she won in last year for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. “Well, I don’t know. There are also a lot of great performances, yet again by women, and another five that didn’t make it could easily have been nominated,” she said.
- Pete Hammond
For Cate Blanchett, all roads these days lead to Oscar.
And she landed that job at an Oscar ceremony.
When the 2010 “Dragon” was nominated, director Dean DeBlois approached her at the ceremony about doing a role in the sequel. As she told Variety, “He just walked up to me and said, ‘I’ve written a part for you.’ I thought, ‘Yeah, that is such a line…!’ But he had. He said she was a Jane Goodall-type of character who had spent her life with dragons. I loved the first film and had watched it about nine times with my boys. So my curiosity was piqued, and I thought, ‘How will they top that? »
- Tim Gray
From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season
With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!
Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
Attending the Ves Awards earlier this week, the film's director Dean DeBlois talked to Collider about the third and likely final film in the series which is in the works and is currently targeting a June 2018 release.
DeBlois confirms that the third film will end where the books begin, with Hiccup potentially parting ways with his beloved dragon Toothless and he himself growing up into a man:
"[Dragon 3 is] the culmination of Hiccup's coming of age. Both he and Toothless are now chiefs of their respective tribes, and it's a dueling story where you have both characters trying to do what's right for their kind, and an eventual outcome where Hiccup is able to stand on his own. We're »
- Garth Franklin
How to Train Your Dragon 2 was one of the biggest animated hits of last year, taking in $177 million domestically and over $618 million worldwide. That sequel will lead into How to Train Your Dragon 3, which Paramount has set for release in the summer of 2018. The How to Train Your Dragon franchise is based on the children's book series by Cressida Cowell, although the movies took a much different approach, following the adolescent years of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, instead of his journey as an adult in the books. During the Ves Awards earlier this week, How to Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois teased that How to Train Your Dragon 3 will end where the books begin, and that the sequel shows Hiccup's coming of age.
"[Dragon 3 is] the culmination of Hiccup's coming of age. Both he and Toothless are now chiefs of their respective tribes, and it's a dueling story where »
DreamWorks Animation is set to undergo a restructuring effort over the coming months, with the company deeming three full-scale animation features per year to be “too ambitious.” Such a change of tact now means that How to Train Your Dragon 3 won’t hit theaters until 2018 as opposed to 2017, but that hasn’t stopped director Dean DeBlois from ruminating on the direction of the sequel.
According to the filmmaker, the planned sequel will see Hiccup and Toothless at the top of their game, eventually teeing up an arc that would see the dragons naturally recede into the distance. Here’s what DeBlois had to say on the threequel.
“[Dragon 3 is] the culmination of Hiccup’s coming of age. Both he and Toothless are now chiefs of their respective tribes, and it’s a dueling story where you have both characters trying to do what’s right for their kind, and an eventual outcome »
- Michael Briers
The Visual Effects Society held the 13th annual Ves Awards in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, with Disney’s animated Marvel adaptation Big Hero 6 claiming six gongs and 20th Century Fox’s simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and HBO’s Game of Thrones taking home three awards apiece.
Check out the full list of winners here, highlighted in red…
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
- Gary Collinson
The DreamWorks sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 topped the 42nd Annie Awards, taking best feature at the annual honors for animation.
In the Saturday night ceremony hosted at the Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, How to Train Your Dragon 2 won five awards in all. It also took best director for Canadian Dean DeBlois, as well as prizes for feature character design, storyboarding and music.
Warner Bros.' acclaimed but Oscar-snubbed The Lego Movie won for the Annie best feature writing.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 will head to the Feb. 22 Oscars as the best-animation favorite.
- Associated Press
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Tim here.Over the weekend the International Animated Film Society announced the winners of the Annie Awards for the movie year just ended. DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 had a huge night, taking six total awards - one of only two feature films with more than one award to its name. This clearly solidifies that film's position as the frontrunner for the Best Animated Feature Oscar later this month, and hopefully provides some small measure of comfort to what remains of the beleaguered staff at Dwa, which was gutted by layoffs a couple of weeks ago.
Here's the complete list of winners....
Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation)
21 more categories after the jump. »
- Tim Brayton
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