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2015 Oscar winners in the major acting categories: Patricia Arquette, Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore and J.K. Simmons. Image: oscar.org


Golden Glory by Linh

First-time Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris was engaging and entertaining as he sang about how film-making is evolving with the times of technology in the ceremony’s opening song. The newbie did a sterling job as Oscars host with a good opening monologue, and performed a strong opening song with the assistance of Anna Kendrick as Cinderella and Jack Black who bemoaned the ‘dreams and magic’ of Hollywood as superficial rubbish.

Unfortunately, the tele-broadcast is not evolving with the times of technology. The programming style has remained the same and becoming tiresome despite the best efforts of producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to jazz up the proceedings with the talented host. There were a few highlights and memorable moments that became hot trending topics on Twitter, with popular hashtags during and after the awards broadcast that included #PatriciaArquette, #LadyGaga, #GlomGazingo (Idina Menzel’s cheeky revenge on John Travolta), #IdinaMenzel, #JohnTravolta, #JulianneMoore, #Glory, #JohnLegend, #Common, #JoanRivers (who was excluded from the ‘In Memoriam’ montage), #EddieRedmayne, #GrahamMoore, #Birdman and obviously #Oscars2015.

Neil Patrick Harris in his 'tighty whities' for the Birdman spoof at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on 22 February 2015. Image: Kevin Winter.


The highlights included Lady Gaga’s moving performance, singing a medley of songs from the musical film The Sound of Music to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary this year, the performance of the Oscar-winning song ‘Glory’ by John Legend and rapper Common, and the Birdman spoof when the camera followed Neil Patrick Harris in his underwear from his dressing room to the stage. Some of the winners’ acceptance speeches aroused emotions and received standing ovations, such as Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette’s advocacy of equal pay for women, Best Leading Actress winner Julianne Moore shedding light on Alzheimer’s to reduce the isolation and marginalisation of sufferers, and winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, Graham Moore, confessed to committing suicide as a teenager and dedicated his moment of glory to raise awareness for depression and suicide.

John Legend and Common accept the Best Original Song Oscar for their collaborative song 'Glory' from the film Selma, at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on 22 February 2015. Image: Kevin Winter.


The first-time nominees in the performance categories, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette, were thrilled to win their first Oscar. Composer Alexandre Desplat finally won an Oscar after six previous nominations. This year, Desplat received two nominations in the Best Original Music Score category for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game, winning an Oscar for the former. It was a winning night for the films Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance and The Grand Budapest Hotel as each won four Oscars and Whiplash received three Oscars.

The complete *list of winners:

Tally Board:
4 Oscars; Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance:
Alejandro González Iñárritu - Best Directing
Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole – Best Picture
Emmanuel Lubezki – Best Cinematography
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo – Best Original Screenplay

4 Oscars; The Grand Budapest Hotel:
Milena Canonero - Best Costume Design
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier - Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Alexandre Desplat - Best Original Music Score
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock - Best Production Design

3 Oscars; Whiplash:
J.K. Simmons - Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Tom Cross - Best Film Editing
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley - Best Sound Mixing

1 Oscar; The Imitation Game:
Graham Moore - Best Adapted Screenplay

1 Oscar; The Theory of Everything:
Eddie Redmayne – Best Actor in a Leading Role

1 Oscar; Still Alice:
Julianne Moore – Best Actress in a Leading Role

1 Oscar; Boyhood:
Patricia Arquette – Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1 Oscar; Interstellar:
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher - Best Visual Effects

1 Oscar; American Sniper:
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman - Best Sound Editing

1 Oscar; Selma:
'Glory' written by John Legend (John Stephens) and Common (Lonnie Lynn Jr.), performed by John Legend and Common- Best Original Song

Ida (from Poland);
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Pawel Pawlikowski

Big Hero 6:
Don Hall, Chris Williams and Ron Conli - Best Animated Feature Film

CitizenFour:
Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky - Best Documentary Feature
The Phone Call:
Written by Matt Kirkby and James Lucas, directed by Matt Kirkby - Best Live Action Short Film

Feast
Written by Nicole Mitchell, Raymond S. Persi and Patrick Osborne, directed by Patrick Osborne - Best Animated Short Film

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1:
Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry - Documentary Short Subject Film
*List courtesy of www.oscars.org
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Predictions – 2015 Oscar Winners

February 22nd 2015 06:53
Oscar statuette at sunset. Image: @TheAcademy, Twitter.

Playful Predictions by Linh

The Academy Awards ceremony is fast approaching and at least I have seen all of the eight nominated Best Picture films. However, this does not make me an expert or the best tipper on which nominees will win Oscar awards this year. The following list is for fun and is seriously bias! Best of luck to all the nominees!

Predictions for 87th Academy Awards winners -

Best Picture:
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Director:
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Leading Actor:
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

Best Leading Actress:
Julianne Moore in Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor:
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

Best Original Score:
Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song: (a tie between two nominees)
'Everything is Awesome' written by Shawn Patterson, Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton and The Lonely Island trio (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone) , performed by Jo-Li, Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island trio for The LEGO Movie

'Glory' written by John Legend and Common, performed by John Legend (John Stephens) and Common (Lonnie Lynn Jr.) for Selma

Best Original Screenplay:
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything

Best Film Editing:
Sandra Adair for Boyhood

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezski for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Visual Effects:
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Best Foreign Language Film:
Ida (Poland); directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Pawel Pawlikowski

Best Documentary Feature:
Finding Vivian Maier

Best Documentary Short Subject:
Crisis Hotline

Best Animated Feature:
Song of the Sea

Best Animated Short:
Feast written by Nicole Mitchell, Raymond S. Persi and Patrick Osborne, directed by Patrick Osborne

Best Live Action Short:
The Phone Call written by Matt Kirkby and James Lucas, directed by Matt Kirkby

Best Sound Mixing:
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Sound Editing:
Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Best Production Design:
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Costume Design:
Colleen Atwood for Into The Woods

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Host Nicole Kidman and AACTA president Geoffrey Rush open the 4th AACTA International Awards at the G'Day USA Gala in Los Angeles on 31 January 2015. Image: Jonathan Leibson, Getty Images.

Global Gains by Linh

The AACTA International Awards have partnered with the G’Day USA Gala in December 2014 to collaborate on a special presentation to honour the work of Australian performers working overseas and international performers, directors and screenwriters. As part of the 2015 G’Day USA Gala in Los Angeles, the 4th AACTA Awards will form the centrepiece of the gala event and also present a special award to one prominent Australian from the entertainment industry who has contributed to the strong US-Australian partnership in film-making and foreign relations.

Attendees at the 4th AACTA International Awards include actresses Jackie Weaver, Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Griffiths, Nicole Kidman, Sharni Vinson, Elizabeth Debicki, comedian/actress Rebel Wilson, actors Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan LaPaglia, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Russell Crowe, singer Helen Reddy, chefs Neil Perry and Tom Colicchio and politicians Kim Beazley and Malcolm Turnbull.

There are seven categories and this year fourteen films have been nominated in the various categories. Australian actresses have been nominated this year, with Essie Davis for Best Lead Actress in The Babadook and Naomi Watts for Best Supporting Actress in Birdman. Birdman was nominated in six categories and won four including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actor. Boyhood was nominated for five awards and won one for Best Supporting Actress.

The AACTA International Awards segment of G’Day USA Gala event will be broadcast on Foxtel’s ARENA network on Sunday 1 February 2015.
The official *list of nominees and winners (in bold type):

BEST FILM
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash


BEST DIRECTION
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game
Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

BEST SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Graham Moore for The Imitation Game
Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

BEST LEAD ACTOR
Michael Keaton in Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler

BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Essie Davis in The Babadook
Reese Witherspoon in Wild
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore in Still Alice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Andy Serkis in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Meryl Streep in Into The Woods
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Naomi Watts in Birdman
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

*Courtesy of www.aacta.org

Chris Hemsworth accepts his G'Day USA Award for Excellence in Film from Scarlett Johansson at the 4th AACTA International Awards, the G'Day USA Gala in Los Angeles on 31 January 2015. Image: Jonathan Leibson, Getty Images.


Patricia Arquette accepts her AACTA Best Supporting Actress award for the film Boyhood at the 4th AACTA International Awards, the G'Day USA Gala in Los Angeles on 31 January 2015. Image: Jonathan Leibson, Getty Images.


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HAPPY HOSTS: Cate Blanchett arrives wearing no knickers with Deborah Mailman to host the 4th AACTA Awards in Sydney on 29 Jnauary 2015. Image: Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images.


Success Stories by Linh


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Technical production and design winners at the AACTA Awards luncheon on 27 January 2015 in Sydney. Image: aacta.org

Early Excitement by Linh

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Part One - 2015 AACTA Nominees List

January 28th 2015 05:06
Deborah Mailman and Cate Blanchett are hosts for the 2015 AACTAs. Image: Wenn

Aussie AACTAs by Linh

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2015 Oscars Nominees List

January 16th 2015 05:57
J.J Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón announce the 2015 Oscars nominees in the first part of the presentation. Image: oscars.org

87th Academy Awards nominees *list:

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2015 Oscar nominees announcements

January 15th 2015 03:48

Fresh Format by Linh

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2015 Oscars Contenders - Part Two

December 18th 2014 07:05


Co-creators and collaborators by Linh


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2015 Oscar Contenders - Part One

November 20th 2014 05:43

Guessing Game by Linh

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