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The Oscars Are for the Birds!

"Birdman" Takes Home Four Oscars Including Best Picture, "Budapest" Ties with Four of its Own

The curtain came down on the 87th Academy Awards last night after an evening of heartfelt gratitude, touching speeches, glorious fashion, and grand performances.

“Birdman” flew away with four awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” came in with four awards for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Production Design.

Highlights of the evening included Lady Gaga’s amazing performance of the “Sound of Music” montage, that truly touched Julie Andrews; John Legend and Common performing “Glory” while images from the Selma-to-Montgomery march played behind them as a growing chorus joined the stage; “wage equality” and “equal rights for women in the United States of America,” speech from Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, among others. The evening was hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris.

The full list of winners are:

Best Picture


Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

Best Actress

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Imitation Game” – Graham Moore

Best Original Screenplay

“Birdman” – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo

Best Foreign Language Film

“Ida” – Pawel Pawlikowski

Best Documentary Feature

“CitizenFour” – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Best Animated Feature

“Big Hero 6” – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Film Editing

Tom Cross – “Whiplash”

Best Song

“Glory” from “Selma” – Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Original Score

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Alexandre Desplat,

Best Cinematography

“Birdman” – Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Costume Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Milena Canonero

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier

Best Production Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

Best Sound Editing

“American Sniper” – Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman

Best Sound Mixing

“Whiplash” – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

Best Visual Effects

“Interstellar” – Paul J Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R Fisher

Best Short Film, Live Action

“The Phone Call” – Mat Kirkby, James Lucas

Best Short Film, Animated

“Feast” – Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed

Best Documentary, Short Subject

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” – Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry

Congratulations to all the winners!