And the 87th Annual Academy Award Winners Are...

Sunday, 22 February 2015 16:08 Written by  iamrogue
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And the 87th Annual Academy Award Winners Are...

A case of highly virulent Oscar fever is breaking out in LA and spreading to over 225 countries and territories around the world thanks to tonight's live broadcast.

The 87th Annual Academy Awards are going down at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood & Highland Center in rain-soaked Los Angeles, California.

After months of fevered speculation, hyperbole, campaigning, pomp, circumstance, the Oscars are here to mark a climactic ending to awards season.  And what a season it's been, with Boyhood and Birdman neck and neck in an unpredictable Oscar race that's coming down to the wire.

On a night of televised pomp and circumstance, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – a 5,765 member-strong organization that is 94% white, 77% male, and 54% over 60 years-old – is anointing this year's roster of Academy Award winners during a star-studded three-ring circus presided over by host and master showman Neil Patrick Harris.

Birdman and Boyhood have long been the frontrunners in a Best Picture slugfest that also includes Selma, Whiplash, American Sniper, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of EverythingAlejandro G. Inarritu won the DGA Award and Birdman won Best Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards just yesterday, while Richard Linklater won the Best Director Spirit Award and Boyhood took the Best Drama Golden Globe, so it's either movie's trophy to win.

IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick and resident Oscar expert Brett Gursky both predicted that Boyhood would win big tonight, but both also acknowledged that Birdman could swoop in and snatch Oscar glory from the twelve-years-in-the-making experiment.

As for the acting categories, at this point it would be genuinely surprising if Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore didn't win for Birdman and Still Alice, respectively.  The supporting categories are even more assured, with Patricia Arquette and JK Simmons virtually shoo-ins for Boyhood and Whiplash.

Will Jami and Brett's Oscar prognostications turn out to be accurate?  Will each acting category shake out exactly as everybody expects them to?  How will NPH fare as host?  We'll find out tonight, updating IAR with the winners as the night rolls along.  So stay tuned to the same Rogue channel throughout the telecast to get the straight dope on the winners:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Milena Canonero

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Ida (Poland)

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
The Phone Call
Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING

Whiplash
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
American Sniper
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Interstellar
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Feast
Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
Big Hero 6
Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Emmanuel Lubezki

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
Whiplash
Tom Cross

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
CitizenFour
Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Glory” from Selma
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Imitation Game
Written by Graham Moore, based on Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Julianne Moore, Still Alice

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole


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