Oscars 2015: 'Birdman' takes home four awards including Best Picture

MUMBAI: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) has pipped other contending movies like BoyhoodWhiplashThe Grand Budapest HotelAmerican SniperThe Imitation GameSelma and The Theory of Everything at the 87th Academy Awards to take home the Best Picture statuette.

Birdman won a total of four Academy Awards, which are as follows: Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro G. Inarritu), Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and Best Original Screenplay (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo).

The Oscar for the Best Actor went to Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), whereas the Best Actress award went to Julianne Moore (Still Alice). On the other hand, the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to JK Simmons for Whiplash, whereas Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel tied for the most number of nominations (nine) and incidentally both movies won four Oscars each. Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel won the award for Achievement in Costume Design (Milena Canonero), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Production Design (Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier).

The Oscar for Achievement in sound mixing went to Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley for Whiplash, whereas the Oscar for Achievement in sound editing went to Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman for American Sniper.

Whiplash won Tom Cross an Oscar for Achievement in film editing, whereas Interstellar took home the Oscar for Achievement in visual effects (Paul J Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R Fisher). The Oscar for Best original song went to Common and John Legend for their song ‘Glory’ from the Martin Luther King drama Selma.

The Oscar for the Best foreign-language film went to Polish film Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. On the other hand, The Phone Call (Mat Kirkby, James Lucas) took home the award for Best live-action short film. The Best documentary short subject went to Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry). The Best animated short film was won by Feast (Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed).

The Oscar for the Best Adapted screenplay went to Graham Moore for The Imitation Game. The Best animated feature film award went to Big Hero 6. The Best documentary feature award went to the Edward Snowden docu Citizenfour (Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky). On the other hand, the Oscar for the Best original score went to Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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