Academy Awards

February 25th, 2015

 

And the Oscar goes to …

 

A rainy day in Los Angeles and all have come. Well, no, but it sounded good. Actually not all had come and it seemed to be less glamorous and less, well, let’s say lively. It wasn’t only the stars that seemed to be much more sober than usual, also, the atmosphere seemed to correspond to the gray, rainy nuance of the day.

 

While Pro7 was on air for short 30 minutes ABC had all the stars. Okay, Wim Wenders being nominated for the third time was nice, Kevin Hart likable, an all smiles Laura Dern with her father Bruce Dern and a totally sweet, UK born, Felicity Jones nominated for her lead in ‘The Theory of Everything’, talking about her driving experience in LA, are quite something, but the most interesting interviews from the red carpet came afterwards.

 

ABC started with an unusual awkward interview with mother and daughter, Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson. When being asked if she saw the latest film of her daughter ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, the interview temperature dropped from lukewarm to ice-cold and it became crystal clear that there was a dispute going on between the two. While Dakota started to defend her film, mother denied to have seen it and also to ever watch. Geez, Mel! It was only a movie and, in my opinion, neither a very good one nor even close to being realistically portraying that topic.

 

Reese Witherspoon shined in a wonderful silver/black off-the-shoulder dress and Jennifer Lopez in up-to-date nude. The glittering Cinderella dress fit her perfectly.

 

Hard to recognize was Naomi Watts wearing an Armani dress I didn’t like at all. No matter if Armani or not and showing much skin, it looked somehow odd with its black bustier beneath the neckholder top.

 

Against all other opinions I like the white/silver glitter dress of Lady Gaga with the blocking red gloves.

 

For me the most wonderful dress on the red carpet that evening was the dark green from Scarlet Johansson. Great choice!

 

Let’s make a short break while proceeding from the red carpet inside the Dolby Theater telling you that The Wiltern is also a great event location in LOS ANGELES and guess what? THE SCRIPT are stopping by there on June 2nd while being on the US part of their No Sound Without Silence Tour. The Wiltern is already featuring this event on the website and here is a foretaste:

Back to the Oscars and … Neil Patrick Harris. Oh well … it could have been Ellen DeGenres, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal or whoever, but it was Neil Patrick Harris and he was not funny. At least almost through the whole show. He tried and he tried very hard, but his jokes flopped and being there for making the time between the presenters interesting, he failed. Too bad, but the presenters compensated.

 

Millions of people saw a lively performance and a rocked stage with ‘Everything is awesome’ from the Lego movie.

 

An outstanding presentation of the Oscar receiving song ‘Glory’ from ‘Selma’ by John Legend that moved almost anybody to tears.

 

Also tearful the moment when Meryl Streep entered the stage and started with a quotation about grief by the American journalist and author Joan Didion:

 

A single person is missing for you

and the whole world is empty.

 

Silence during the whole in-memoriam part of the show.

 

Actually, nothing really unexpected happened during the award ceremony. The Oscars went to the nominees predicted and unfortunately ‘Selma’ in the first place and also ‘American Sniper’ were almost ignored.

 

For me, the most surprising moment was when Lady Gaga performed songs from the classic ‘The Sound of Music’. That was amazing!!!

 

That alone made it worth watching the 87th Academy Awards.

 

THE OSCARS 2015

- The 87th Academy Award Winners -

 

 

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE

 

AMERICAN SNIPER

Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper, Peter Morgan PRODUCERS

 

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole PRODUCERS

 

BOYHOOD

Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland PRODUCERS

 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson PRODUCERS

 

THE IMITATION GAME

Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman PRODUCERS

 

SELMA

Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner PRODUCERS

 

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten PRODUCERS

 

WHIPLASH

Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster PRODUCERS

 

 

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

 

STEVE CARELL - Foxcatcher

BRADLEY COOPER – American Sniper

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH – The Imitation Game

MICHAEL KEATON – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

EDDIE REDMAYNE – The Theory of Everything

 

 

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

 

ROBERT DUVALL – The Judge

ETHAN HAWKE - Boyhood

EDWARD NORTON - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

MARK RUFFALO - Foxcatcher

J.K. SIMMONS - Whiplash

 

 

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

 

MARION COTILLARD – Two Days, One Night

FELICITY JONES - The Theory of Everything

JULIANNE MOORE – Still Alice

ROSAMUND PIKE – Gone Girl

REESE WITHERSPOON - Wild

 

 

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

 

PATRICIA ARQUETTE - Boyhood

LAURA DERN - Wild

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY - The Imitation Game

EMMA STONE - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

MERYL STREEP – Into the Woods

 

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

 

BIG HERO 6

Don Hall, Chris Williams, Roy Conli

 

THE BOXTROLLS

Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, Travis Knight

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

Dean DeBlois, Bonnie Arnold

 

SONG OF THE SEA

Tomm Moore, Paul Young

 

THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA

Isao Takahata, Yoshiaki Nishimura

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) – Emmanuel Lubezki

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – Robert Yeoman

IDA – Lukaz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski

MR. TURNER – Dick Pope

UNBROKEN – Roger Deakins

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – Milena Canonero

INHERENT VICE – Mark Bridges

INTO THE WOODS – Colleen Atwood

MALEFICENT – Anna B Sheppard, Jane Clive

MR. TURNER – Jacqueline Durran

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

 

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) - Alejandro G. Iñárritu

BOYHOOD – Richard Linklater

FOXCATCHER – Bennett Miller

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – Wes Anderson

THE IMITATION GAME – Morten Tyldum

 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

 

CITIZENFOUR

Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

 

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

 

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester

 

THE SALT OF THE EARTH

Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier

 

VIRUNGA

Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara

 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

 

CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry

JOANNA – Aneta Kopacz

OUR CURSE - Tomasz Śliwiński, Maciej Ślesicki

THE REAPER (LA PARKA) – Gabriel Serra Arguello

WHITE EARTH - J. Christian Jensen

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING

 

AMERICAN SNIPER – Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach

BOYHOOD – Sandra Adair

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – Barney Pilling

THE IMITATION GAME – William Goldenberg

WHIPLASH – Tom Cross

 

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

 

IDA Poland

LEVIATHAN Russia

TANGERINES Estonia

TIMBUKTU Mauritania

WILD TALES Argentina

 

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

 

FOXCATCHER – Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – Alexandre Desplat

THE IMITATION GAME - Alexandre Desplat

INTERSTELLAR – Hans Zimmer

MR. TURNER – Gary Yershon

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING – Jóhann Jóhannsson

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

 

“EVERYTHING IS AWESOME” THE LEGO MOVIE

Music & Lyric by Shawn Patterson

 

“GLORY” SELMA

Music & Lyric by John Stephens, Lonnie Lynn

 

“GRATEFUL” BEYOND THE LIGHTS

Music & Lyric by Diane Warren

 

“I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU” GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME

Music & Lyric by Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond

 

“LOST STARS” BEGIN AGAIN

Music & Lyric by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN

 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Production Design: Adam Stockhausen

Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

 

THE IMITATION GAME

Production Design: Maria Djurkovic

Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald

 

INTERSTELLAR

Production Design: Nathan Crowley

Set Decoration: Gary Fettis

 

INTO THE WOODS

Production Design: Dennis Gassner

Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

 

MR. TURNER

Production Design: Suzie Davies

Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

 

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

 

THE BIGGER PICTURE – Daisy Jacobs, Christopher Hees

THE DAM KEEPER – Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi

FEAST – Patrick Osborn, Kristina Reed

ME AND MY MOULTON – Torill Kove

A SINGLE LIFE – Joris Oprins

 

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

 

AYA – Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis

BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM – Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

BUTTER LAMP (LA LAMPE AU BEURRE DE YAK) – Hu Wei, Julien Féret

PARVANEH – Talkhon Hamzavi, Stefan Eichenberger

THE PHONE CALL – Mat Kirkby, James Lucas

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING

 

AMERICAN SNIPER – Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) – Martín Hernández, Aaron Glascock

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES – Brent Burger, Jason Canovas

INTERSTELLAR – Richard King

UNBROKEN – Becky Sullivan, Andrew Decristofaro

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING

 

AMERICAN SNIPER

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin

 

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Thomas Varga

 

INTERSTELLAR

Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten

 

UNBROKEN

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, David Lee

 

WHIPLASH

Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, Dan Sudick

 

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, Paul Corbould

 

INTERSTELLAR

Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher

 

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

 

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 

AMERICAN SNIPER – Written by Jason Hall

THE IMITATION GAME – Written by Graham Moore

INHERENT VICE – Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING – Screenplay by Anthony McCarten

WHIPLASH – Written by Damien Chazelle

 

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo

 

BOYHOOD

Written by Richard Linklater

 

FOXCATCHER

Written by E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman

 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Screenplay by Wes Anderson

Story by Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness

 

NIGHTCRAWLER

Written by Dan Gilroy