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23 Feb 2015 08:55
Emmanuel Lubezki poses with the Oscar for best cinematography for the film "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virture of Ignorance)," which won four Oscars in its nine nominations. (Reuters)
The dark comedy Birdman held up a mirror to Hollywood and its
struggling actors and in return received the film industry’s highest
recognition on Sunday, the Academy Award for best picture.
G. Inarritu’s story of a washed-up, former superhero actor attempting an
improbable comeback on Broadway won four Oscars in its nine
nominations, including best director, the second consecutive win in that
category for a Mexican filmmaker.
for looking like one continuous shot through a Broadway theatre and mixing
reality with fantasy, the movie, Inarritu said, came from learning to be
fearless in filmmaking.
is the condom of life.
It doesn’t allow you to enjoy things,” Inarritu
said backstage at the 87th Academy Awards.
reward for the Fox Searchlight satire hews to an Academy tradition of awarding
films that honor the entertainment industry, such as Argo and The Artist in recent years.
Redmayne won best actor with his painstaking portrayal of
physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything,
robbing Birdman lead and former superhero actor, Michael
Keaton, of a big comeback moment.
the eight best picture nominees went home with at least one award, but it was a
disappointing night for Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s
unprecedented 12-year endeavour to depict the simple story of a boy growing up,
using the same actors.
Anderson’s colourful caper, The Grand Budapest Hotel proved popular
among the 6 100 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who
vote for the Oscars, winning four awards on its nine nominations.
Whiplash, the independent film about an aspiring jazz drummer and his tough mentor from
young director Damien Chazelle, won three Oscars. The
only box office blockbuster among the eight, the Iraq war drama American Sniper from director Clint Eastwood, also fell short
with one win.
a night in which the controversy over the lack of diversity among this year’s
nominees was front and center. First-time host Neil Patrick
Harris opened the telecast with a quip: “Tonight we honour Hollywood’s
best and whitest, sorry brightest.”
race theme resonated in a more serious way too, when Common and John
Legend got a standing ovation and made many in the audience cry with their
performance of Glory from the 1960s civil rights drama Selma.
best song, delivering the sole victory to Selma, the film at the
center of the diversity debate sparked by the exclusion of actors of colour from
the four acting categories. The nominations prompted a backlash on Twitter with
the hashtag “#OscarsSoWhite.
““Selma” is now, because the struggle for justice is right now,” said Legend in the
aftermath of recent racially charged protests in America.
The list of winners in leading categories
Best Picture Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Best Actor Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Best Actress Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Best Director Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected
Virtue of Ignorance)
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, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander
Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo – Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue
Best Foreign Language Film Ida (Poland)
Best Animated Feature Film Big Hero 6
Best Documentary Feature CitizenFour
Best Original Song Glory – Selma
Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Costume Design Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman or (The Unexpected
Virtue of Ignorance)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest
Best Visual EffectsInterstellar
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