For legions of movie lovers in Fresno and all over the world, tonight was an exciting night as billions tuned in to watch the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, this year’s awards show did what the Oscars do best, honor the best accomplishments in film in class and respect, with Harris carrying the night with his sense of humor but mostly with a sense of class, including a running gag that ran for the entire evening involving his locked briefcase containing his Oscar predictions.This year’s winners and nominees, all of which can be viewed at the Oscars’ official website, should all be applauded for their success as they celebrate their victories tonight.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) took home the top honor tonight by winning Best Picture of the Year. in addition for the Oscars for Alejandro González Iñárritu for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Screenplay.
Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, while Juliane Moore won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Still Alice. J. K. Simmons won for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Whiplash, while Patricia Arquette won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Boyhood.
The other big winner tonight was The Grand Budapest Hotel, which took home four Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Music, and Best Production Design.
In addition to J. K. Simmons win tonight, Whiplash also won for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Disney’s Big Hero 6 won for Best Animated Feature Film, while the animated short that accompanied it in theaters, Feast, won for Best Animated Short Film.
“Glory,” written by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for Selma, won the Oscar for Best Original Song, following a performance that earned a standing ovation from the audience.
Winning for Best Documentary Feature tonight was Citizenfour, which dealt with the actions of Edward Snowden, while the award for Best Documentary Short Subject went to Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, dealing with the Veteran’s Crisis Hotline.
Other awards this year went to The Imitation Game for Best Adapted Screenplay, Ida for Best Foreign Language Film (Poland), The Phone Call for Best Live Action Short Film, American Sniper for Best Sound Editing, and Interstellar for Best Visual Effects.
This examiner would like to personally congratulate both this year’s winners and nominees for their success and he eagerly looks forward to this year’s film slate to see who will be the big winners at next year’s show.