Early on at the 87th Academy Awards, the stars were aligning for a unsurprisingly predictable show. Heavy favorites were winning all the statues. J.K. Simmons won for Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash, and Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood.
J.K. Simmons talks about his musical background in filming Whiplash on Hollywood Sessions: Supporting Actor.
Patricia Arquette talks about filming Boyhood in Hollywood Sessions: Supporting Actress.
So it was BORING?
Nah! Because then Birdman flew in and stole three out of eight of the top awards: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director. Following Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity, this is the second year in a row a Mexican film director has walked away with Best Director. If you want to jump on the Alejandro González Iñárritu train, check out some of his previous works. Iñárritu’s critically acclaimed Biutiful is currently streaming on Epix.
Well then, who got snubbed?
Boyhood was an early favorite for Best Picture. Richard Linklater took 12 years to film this masterpiece, and many were surprised to see it lose out to Birdman.
Richard Linklater discusses directing Boyhood at Hollywood Sessions: Director.
Michael Keaton was an early favorite to win Best Actor, but then Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) all but locked up the Oscar after winning at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes.
Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch talk about playing geniuses on Hollywood Sessions: Lead Actor.
Keaton might have lost, but he was honored in another way: host Neil Patrick Harris reenacted Birdman’s infamous Times Square underwear scene. He even mimicked Keaton’s weird walk-run.
Whiplash beat out American Sniper for Sound Mixing, which was unexpected since American Sniper was predicted to win for all technical categories. American Sniper was also biggest box office hit of the films nominated for Best Picture. Unfortunately, it only was able to snipe the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
Another Best Picture nominee, The Imitation Game, did not come away empty-handed. And it was more of a surprise than a snub: the film won an Oscar for Graham Moore for best adapted screenplay. Graham Moore had one of the most memorable speeches of the night. Having attempted suicide as a teenager, Moore wanted to let teens know that it gets better. “Stay weird, stay different,” he encouraged. Don’t worry, you’ll be hearing more from him: Moore is already working on another adapted screenplay for Devil in the White City. The project is in development, and Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play the lead. Uhhhh, yes please.
Goodbye Oscars, see ya next year!