2015 Oscar Winners: The 87th Annual Academy Awards Results

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.