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Award season as come to a close, and we’ve all been witness to what is a historic unprecedented run for one urgent film. The ripple became a wave when we were on hand to witness Laura Poitras collect multiple awards at the Cinema Eye Honors, and as predicted, the Academy Awards capped off a historic awards season run with an Oscar win. Here is our roundup and recap of the previous month’s film festival and award season headlines related to the docu film world.
Berlin International Film Festival - Germany – February 5th – February 15th
- Jordan M. Smith
The biggest surprise of Sunday night’s Oscars was how the ceremony transcended the usual self-congratulatory air of Hollywood awards shows.
Winners talked about racial inequalities, immigration policy, anti-gay prejudice, women’s rights, Als, veterans health and Alzheimer’s. This has to be the first Academy Awards in which suicide prevention was mentioned in two separate acceptance speeches.
“Artists have the honest duty to reflect the times in which we live,” said John Legend, quoting Nina Simone. After he and Common won best song (“Glory” from “Selma”), the two spoke powerfully about topics addressed in the number, including voting equality, and the disproportionate incarceration of black men in the U.S.
In the final minutes of the 3½-hour show, “Birdman” triple winner Alejandro G. Inarritu raised the hot-button topic of Mexicans living in the States: “I just pray they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones that came before, »
- Tim Gray
The big awards show went down last night, and if you followed along with our live-tweets you were able to keep up with all the action, but if you missed out on any of the big winners from the Oscars, we've got your full list here. Come inside to check it out.
Best Supporting Actor
Achievement in Costume Design
Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Foreign-Language Film
Winner: Ida – Paweł Pawlikowski
Best Live-Action Short Film
Best Documentary Short Subject
Achievement in Sound Mixing
Achievement in Sound Editing
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Patricia Arquette for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
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 »
There may have been few surprises among the winners at Sunday night's Academy Awards, but one surprise was how political their speeches were. After all, in recent years, political statements have largely been unwelcome guests at the Dolby Theater.
In past years, artists from Vanessa Redgrave to Richard Gere to Michael Moore have been criticized for using their time at the Oscar podium to raise controversial issues before a worldwide audience. In an evening of glitz, glamour, and self-congratulation, mentioning the sometimes cruel realities of life beyond Hollywood Boulevard makes winners seem like party poopers. Mentioning God, your cast and crew, your spouse and kids, and Harvey Weinstein is fine, but mentioning the plight of migrant farm workers is a little too much reality for the dream factory.
Nonetheless, several winners at the 87th annual Oscar ceremony used their victory speeches to mention causes important to them. Some of those »
- Gary Susman
By The Numbers
BoyhoodThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation GameSelmaThe Theory of EverythingWhiplashPERFORMANCE By An Actor In A Leading Role
Steve Carell, FoxcatcherBradley Cooper, American SniperBenedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation GameMichael Keaton, BirdmanPERFORMANCE By An Actress In A Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One NightFelicity Jones, The Theory Of EverythingRosamund Pike, Gone GirlReese Witherspoon, WildPERFORMANCE By An Actor In A Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, The JudgeEthan Hawke, BoyhoodEdward Norton, BirdmanMark Ruffalo »
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
Last night, the 2015 Oscar Awards finally happened at the beautiful Dolby Theatre in Hollywood,California. Actor, Neil Patrick Harris, was on hand to host the star-studded shindig. And eventually, after all the red carpet arrivals and what not, they got around to passing out the awards. I'm sure you guys want to know who received these awards, so I won't waste anymore of your precious time. Here's the winners list, below. Best Picture was awarded to Birdman — Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole. Best Director was awarded to Alejandro González Iñárritu — Birdman. Best Actor was awrded to Eddie Redmayne — The Theory of Everything. Best Actress went to Julianne Moore — Still Alice. Best Supporting Actor was awarded to J.K. Simmons — Whiplash. Best Supporting Actress was awarded to Patricia Arquette — Boyhood. Best Achievement in Costume Design went to Milena Canonero — The Grand Budapest Hotel. Best Achievement in Makeup and »
- Andre Braddox
Birdman was honored with Best Picture at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, which took place tonight at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood and Highland Center, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Birdman took home four Oscars tonight in total, winning for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolás Giacobone) and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). The film also tied for the most wins of the night with The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Original Score.
All eight of the Best Picture nominees walked home with at least one award. American Sniper won for Best Sound Editing (Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman), Boyhood won for Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), The Imitation Game won for Best Adapted Screenplay (Graham Moore), Selma won »
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)
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
It's a wonderful night for Oscar... Oscar Oscar... Who will win? Wrong host. Neil Patrick Harris is MCing Sunday (February 22) night's Academy Awards, which is coming down to a "Birdman"/"Boyhood" showdown for the big prize. Thanks to The Guilds, we're all expecting a "Birdman" victory, but could there be exciting upsets in store? Click through, follow along and join (or start) the conversation below... 8:25 p.m. Et. That's a lot of Red Carpet coverage. My favorite moment was Terrence Howard playing "American Idol" nerd with Ryan Seacrest. 8:28 p.m. Really, ABC? You don't need a critical citation to call "American Crime" "an extraordinary new drama"? Well, if you say so yourself! 8:30 p.m. Let's Go! 8:30 p.m. Neil Patrick Harris rises onto the stage like a fire-free phoenix. "Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest," he says, helping people playing Oscars Bingo at home. 8:31 p. »
- Daniel Fienberg
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)
The 87th Annual Academy Awards will be handed out tonight at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood and Highland Center. Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the ceremony, which airs tonight at 7 Pm Et/4 Pm Pt on ABC today. We'll be updating this story live as they are announced, so stay tuned to find out who takes home all the big awards at tonight's star-studded ceremony.
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Best Actress In A Leading Role
Julianne Moore - Still AliceMarion Cotillard - Two Days, One NightFelicity Jones - The Theory of EverythingRosamund Pike - Gone GirlReese Witherspoon - Wild
Best Actor In A Leading Role
Alejandro González Iñárritu - BirdmanWes Anderson »
The 2015 Academy Awards have (finally) arrived, and we can't wait to see what happens.
With huge international stars, like Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Eddie Redmayne, and Michael Keaton up for Oscars, and some big movies, like "Boyhood," "Whiplash," "The Imitation Game," "Birdman," and "American Sniper," vying for the top prize, this year's ceremony is as competitive as ever.
Throughout the night, we'll be watching and updating the list below, so come back to see who won (and who didn't) as Hollywood's best and brightest take home the awards.
"Birdman" - Winner
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Steve Carell, »
- Jonny Black
No doubt the least-watched of any Oscar category, the documentary short films are the great beneficiaries of the Academy’s magnanimity, both in continuing to recognize an outdated format and in directing attention toward worthy causes. In the early days, the prizes typically went to propaganda films made by the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Now, it’s one way AMPAS demonstrates its engagement with various social issues, nearly always celebrating subject matter over cinematic achievement, as evidenced by its selection of two Polish-made terminal-illness portraits, two serious-minded employment impact studies and a pressing look at the veteran suicide epidemic.
Fortunately, a couple of these noms — specifically, “White Earth” and “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” — are truly exceptional films in their own right, treasures you almost certainly wouldn’t see if not for their nominated status (the former debuted at Slamdance but never ventured far from the festival circuit, »
- Peter Debruge
By Michelle McCue and Gary Salem
On Wednesday, the Academy featured the 2014 Oscar-nominated films in the Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature categories.
Clips from the nominated films were screened, and nominees for all 10 films took part in panel discussions, talking about their own films and sharing insights on the craft of documentary filmmaking and the greater issues their nominated films explore.
Two-time Oscar winner and Academy documentary branch governor Rob Epstein opened the evening with the documentary shorts.
Epstein won the Oscar for documentary feature in 1984 for The Times Of Harvey Milk and in 1989 for Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt. His other credits include Lovelace (2013) and the TV documentary “And The Oscar Goes To…” (2014)
During his opening remarks, Epstein said the theme that ran through the nominated shorts were “life beginning and life ending.”
All the filmmakers conceded the Cinéma vérité was what was so powerful, so intimate. »
- 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
The Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Subjects are a rough bunch this year, with their subjects focusing on difficult topics and circumstances that would make many flinch. From child illness to adulthood cancer, rural poverty, veteran suicide and the inner workings of a slaughterhouse, this year's documentary shorts all share the element of being incredibly emotional watches. Get a glimpse of all five nominees in the trailer below, followed by individual videos that highlight four of the films' directors who provide a bit more insight. All of the nominated shorts are now available on VOD. Documentary Short Subject Trailer "Joanna," Dir. Aneta Kopacz "White Earth," Dir. J. Christian Jensen "Our Curse," Dir. Tomasz Śliwiński "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," Dirs. Dana Perry, Ellen Goosenberg Kent Read More: The Year's Best Documentary Short Films, Plus Our Pick to Win the Oscar »
- Casey Cipriani
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