2015 Oscar winners Academy Awards

The day is upon us. Oscar Sunday. The finale of the movie season. Our Super Bowl. The day where the best of the previous year’s films are crowned and the collective consciousness switches from looking backwards to forwards.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 87th Annual Academy Awards live from Hollywood California where the best films of 2014 battle for Oscar gold. Below, you’ll find all of the 2015 Oscar winners. Here are our predictions. Were we right? Did your favorite film win? Were there any upsets? Find out below.

Here are all the 2015 oscar winners.

2015 Oscar Winners

  • Best Picture – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Best Actress – Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
  • Directing  – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
  • Animated Feature Film – Big Hero 6
  • Documentary Feature – Citizenfour
  • Foreign Language Film – Ida (Poland) 
  • Adapted Screenplay – Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
  • Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Original Score – Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Original Song – “Glory” from Selma
  • Film Editing – Whiplash
  • Production Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Sound Editing – American Sniper
  • Sound Mixing – Whiplash
  • Visual Effects – Interstellar
  • Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Costume Design – Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Makeup and Hairstyling – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Animated Short Film – Feast
  • Live Action Short Film – The Phone Call
  • Documentary Short Subject – Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

And here are the nominees. We’ll bold each one and bump it to the top as they’re announced.

2015 Academy Awards Live Blog


Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Winner
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Commentary: Boyhood was the early favorite but in the past few weeks, Birdman became the clear favorite and takes the award here. It’s a great movie and I’m happy for it but as a huge Boyhood fan, I’m a little disappointed here.

Julianne Moore in Still Alice

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice – Winner
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Commentary: Julianne Moore wins not only for this performance, but for her whole body of work, which is extraordinary and under-appreciated.


Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything – Winner
Commentary: This was widely considered to be one of the closest races and Eddie Redmayne beats Michael Keaton. Both incredible performances. Redmayne’s acceptance speech was so natural and full of energy. (Note: The image above is not from The Theory of Everything. It’s from Jupiter Ascending, because of course it is.)


Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Winner
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Commentary: I have to say – that was a huge upset. We had a feeling Birdman was going to take down a bunch of the big awards but, for Wes Anderson and ESPECIALLY Richard Linklater to lose their shot here, if very disappointing. Inarritu did a magnificent job but, this is upsetting.

Imitation Game trailer

Adapted Screenplay
Jason Hall, American Sniper
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game – Winner
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Commentary: You have to imagine this was a pretty close race. Literally any of these writers could have won the award. I wouldn’t have picked Moore, but, okay. He used his speech to tell people who are “weird” they belong in a very touching moment.

Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Original Screenplay
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Winner
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Commentary: Birdman takes it down. Expected and deserved, but a tad disappointing just cause I was hoping for Nightcrawler for making sneaking one out.

Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything
Commentary: Desplat, with two nominations, wins for probably the lesser of the two scores. But it’s Wes Anderson and that’s just awesome. A very good score, but personally I like The Imitation Game better. I’m happy either way. This is his first win after six years of losing.

11:15 p.m. Lady Gaga is doing a 50th anniversary tribute to The Sound of Music. Which is very random, but kind of excellent.

Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
“Glory” from Selma – Winner
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again
Commentary: First of all – John Travolta and Idina Menzel introduced the award, in a fantastic call back to last year’s Oscar ceremony. As for the winner, Glory was a very well deserved winner. An amazing song that made the whole audience cry. Sorry for The Lego Movie but there really was never a doubt.


Documentary Feature
Citizenfour – Winner
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Commentary: I still can’t believe that Citizenfour even exists. It’s so incredible. A totally worthy and amazing winner.

Film Editing
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash – Winner
Commentary: Great tension, great pacing, great victory for Whiplash.

Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Winner
Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins, Unbroken
Commentary: When you make a movie that’s basically in one full shot, you’re going to win best Cinematography. That’s just how it is. And it’s totally warranted. Also, this is Lubezki’s second Oscar in a row.

Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
Commentary: The Grand Budapest Hotel wins another, in a sure fire sign it’s taking most of the tech awards. The production design in the movie is absolutely magnificent so it’s 100% well deserved.

Big Hero 6 group

Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6 – Winner
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Commentary: This was probably a closely contested race but Disney, again, takes it home. If The Lego Movie couldn’t win, I’m glad Big Hero won. It’s original, it’s commercial, it’s really good. Also, Neil Patrick Harris said, “If you’re at the Oscar party with the people who made The Lego Movie, now would be a good time to distract them.”

Winston in Feast

Animated Short Film
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast – Winner
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
Commentary: Disney takes it home! So exciting! Congrats to Peter’s dog, Pixel!

Interstellar suit

Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar – Winner
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Commentary: The big superhero award, more or less, and it loses…to Interstellar. I guess it makes sense, the movie was beautiful.

Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – Winner
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Commentary: Another worthy yet expected win. Arquette took her time to argue for equal pay for women in America, which is pretty awesome.

Sound Editing
American Sniper – Winner

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Commentary: Say what you want about American Sniper, the sound was good.

Sound Mixing
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Whiplash – Winner
Commentary: This has to be considered an upset, yes? Either way, who cares? I’m so happy that Whiplash got another Oscar.

9:42 p.m. – Neil Patrick Harris just Birdmaned, in his tighty-whities, in front of a billion people. This guy is doing a great job.

Documentary Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Winner
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Live Action Short Film
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
The Phone Call – Winner
Commentary: I haven’t seen any of these but out of all the short films that are out there and eligible, one has to be pretty special to win.

9:18 p.m. Tegan, Sara and Lonely Island just performed Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie with a cameo from Will Arnett as Batman. So hilarious.


Foreign Language Film
Ida (Poland) – Winner
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)
Commentary: Ida is available to stream on Netflix – right now – go for it.

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

Costume Design
Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood, Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive, Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner
Commentary: Guys and gals – a Wes Anderson movie is now a double Oscar nominee…and counting!

jk simmons skull island story - whiplash

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – Winner
Commentary: Simmons had won every single award leading into this so this isn’t a surprise. Very well deserved though.

5:30 p.m. The show has finally began. Neil Patrick Harris is doing an huge musical number complete with Star Wars, The Avengers and Jaws. Anna Kendrick and Jack Black had the assist.

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