After wowing the critics, it looks as though ‘Birdman’ is the clear winner at this year’s Academy Awards – walking away with four Oscars including Best Picture.
It’s no secret that Michael Keaton turned plenty of heads with his stellar appearance in ‘Birdman’. And with top notch direction from Alejandro G Inarritu, it seemed likely that the rather odd movie would do well during awards seasons.
But it looks as though it’s done better than that – landing some of the most prestigious awards at this year’s Oscars.
At the glamorous awards ceremony last night, ‘Birdman’ received the biggest award of the entire evening – Best Picture. But it didn’t stop there. Alejandro G Inarritu also won the Best Director award, with Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography also heading to ‘Birdman’.
The full Awards List was as follows:
Best Picture: ‘Birdman’
Best Director: Alejandro G Inarritu, ‘Birdman’
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, ‘The Theory Of Everything’
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, ‘Still Alice’
Best Supporting Actor: J K Simmons, ‘Whiplash’
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, ‘Boyhood’
Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, ‘The Imitation Game’
Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro G Inarritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Glacobone, Armando Bo, ‘Birdman’
Best Foreign Language Film: IDA
Best Animated Feature: ‘Big Hero 6’
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, ‘Birdman’
Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Film Editing: Tom Cross, ‘Whiplash’
Documentary Feature: ‘Citizenfour’
Make-Up and Hair: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Music, Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Original Song: Glory, ‘Selma’
Sound Mixing: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley, ‘Whiplash’
Sound Editing: Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, ‘American Sniper’
Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher, ‘Interstellar’
Documentary Short: ‘Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1’
Short Film (Animated): ‘Feast’
Short Film (Live Action): ‘The Phone Call’
Of course, ‘Birdman’ landing the Oscar for Best Cinematography is a no-brainer. After all, the impress of a practically seamless single-take was an impressive feat… and really paid off when it came to immersing the audience in the dismantling of Riggan’s whole world.
But what about everyone else’s wins?
The big surprise here has to be ‘Big Hero 6’. After all, in a category up against ‘The Boxtrolls’ and ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’, it must have been a pretty close race. And I can’t help thinking that ‘The Boxtrolls’ was a far better crafted film.
But if ‘The LEGO movie’ had been included, I can’t help thinking it would have been over before you could say “everything is awesome!”
Thankfully, J.K. Simmons landed Best Supporting Actor – an award that was almost certainly guaranteed from the outset. And Eddie Redmayne took home Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking. Oscar-bait? Almost certainly… but it seemed to work, nonetheless.
What are your thoughts on this year’s Academy Awards? Are there any films you think were robbed? Let us know what you think in the comments below…