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I Watched the 2015 Academy Awards and All I Got was this Lousy Winners Post

Well here it is and there it went. Last night the 87th Academy Awards had millions in America glued to their TV’s and laptops, and millions of people in other time zones showing up a little late for work this morning.  If you had a chance to watch it then you’ll know it was something of a humdinger. Even though an awards ceremony can never quite love up to the hype that accumulates over previous months, positive or otherwise, it was a solid stack of television celebrating some of the best movies of 2014. So how about we get to the winners? Here’s the list of nominees and winners in each category:

Best Picture:
American Sniper
WINNER: Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best Actress:
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
WINNER: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Director:
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress:
WINNER: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
WINNER: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Animated Feature:
WINNER: Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of  the Princess Kaguya

Best Original Screenplay:
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo,Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jason Hall, American Sniper
WINNER: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice

Best Original Score:
WINNER: Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner

Best Original Song:
“Everything is Awesome,” The Lego Movie
WINNER: “Glory,” Selma
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars,” Begin Again
“Grateful,” Beyond the Lights

Best Documentary Feature:
WINNER: Citizenfour

Last Days In Vietnam
Virunga
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth

Best Film Editing:
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
WINNER: Whiplash
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Cinematography:
WINNER: Emmanuel LubezkiBirdman
Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Best Production Design:
WINNER: 
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into The Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Animated Short:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
WINNER: Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Visual Effects:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
WINNER: Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Sound Editing:
WINNER: American Sniper

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Birdman
Unbroken

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
WINNER: Whiplash

Best Live Action Short:
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
WINNER: The Phone Call
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh

Best Documentary Short:
WINNER: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Best Foreign Language Film:
WINNER: Ida (Poland)

Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Costume Design:
Colleen Atwood, Into The Woods
WINNER: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner
Anna B. Sheppard, Maleficent
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Foxcatcher
WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

There you have it boys and girls. As you probably know we were hoping that Simmons would take home Best Supporting Actor and it  was refreshing to see comedy drama take Best Picture. We’ll be going through our reactions to all the winners hopefully later on today, and maybe some suggestions of who should have won… Because who else is doing that!? Just kidding.  

Just in Case you Missed it: the 68th BAFTA Award Winners

Hey, I don’t know you buddy. I may think that you would have been waiting on tenterhooks by your TV for the BAFTA’s to air sot hat you could watch your favourite actors and directors of the year to be awarded for working on some of the best films of the year. But maybe you didn’t watch it. maybe you were busy that night, out on a hot date telling the person opposite you how cool and liberating it is to finally have your pilots license so if they want to take a weekend trip to the Isle of man you could totally…OK I may have gone too far with this. Look, you probably know, but maybe you don’t. So without further ado (could we have waited longer? seriously) here are the winners and runners up for the 68th BAFTA awards:

Best Film:
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Outstanding British Film:
’71
The Imitation Game
Paddington
Pride
The Theory of Everything
Under the Skin

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer:
Writer/Director Elaine Constantine – Northern Soul
Writer Gregory Burke, Director Yann Demange – ’71
Writer/Director Hong Khaou – Lilting
Director/Producer Paul Katis, Producer Andrew de Lotbiniere – Kajaki: The True Story
Writer Stephen Beresford, Producer David Livingstone – Pride

Director:
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
James Marsh – The Theory Of Everything
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Leading Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Leading Actress
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Reese Witherspoon – Wild
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Supporting Actor:
Edward Norton – Birdman
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Supporting Actress:
Emma Stone – Birdman
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Rene Russo – Nightcrawler

Original Screenplay:
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Adapted Screenplay:
Jason Hall – American Sniper
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Paul King – Paddington
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything

Animated Film:
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The LEGO Movie

Documentary:
20 Feet From Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Virunga

Film Not in the English Language:
Ida
Leviathan
The Lunchbox
Trash
Two Days, One Night

Original Music:
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman,
Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Mica Levi – Under the Skin

Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
Robert Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski – Ida
Hoyte van Hoytema – Interstellar
Dick Pope – Mr. Turner

Editing:
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Production Design:
Big Eyes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner

Costume Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Sound:
American Sniper
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Special Visual Effects:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Make-Up and Hair:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Short Animation:
The Bigger Picture
Monkey Love Experiments
My Dad

British Short Film:
Boogaloo and Graham
Emotional Fusebox
The Kármán Line
Slap
Three Brothers

EE Rising Star Award:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Jack O’Connell
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley

Well what a is it is. Boyhood still took home a few bits of jewellery but it was nice to see the field open up a bit in preparation for the Oscars. My win of the night? Why J.K. Simmons of course, for his uncompromising performance alongside Miles Teller in Whiplash. Did the image for this article not give it away?

It’s coming to the end of awards season now, with one final big fish to fry. So while it’s been a little tiresome seeing the same movie titles come up over and over again, enjoy them now. You never know what we’ll be chirping about this time next year.

Everybody Squeeze Together for the Oscar Nominees Class Photo!

You may have seen some hot-right-now actors on tv having pictures taken in front of Academy Award backdrops and thought to yourself “oh no! I’ve missed the Oscars! What have I done? What’s the point in living anymore!?” Calm down you silly idiot, you didn’t miss a thing. It’s just a photo shoot. That’s right, just in case you wanted a collective view of anybody who’s anybody this awards season, you can thanks to a big photo shoot at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverley Hilton this week. Deadline has the scoop, but what we really want is the picture, right? Well here it is, every category represented in one big class photo: try and find Best Actor Oscar nominees Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore, pulling a stupid face licking the back of Reese Witherspoon‘s head respectively:

87th Oscars®, Nominees Luncheon

Now here’s the list, just in case your favourite Oscar nominees eluded you:

Seated: Kristina Reed, Ian Hunter, David Lancaster, Mat Kirkby, Christopher Hees, Graham Annable, Bonnie Arnold, Robert Duvall, Host Neil Patrick Harris, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, Richard King, Gregg Rudloff, Barney Pilling, Aneta Kopacz, Emma Stone, Jason Blum, and Mathilde Bonnefoy.

First Row: Ronan Blaney, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Cathleen Sutherland, Gary Dennis Liddiard, Jr., Russell Earl, Teddy Schwarzman, Nicolas Aithadi, E. Max Frye, Ben Wilkins, Dice Tsutsumi, J. Christian Jensen, Julien Féret, Dirk Wilutzky, Andrew DeCristofaro, Dan Gilroy, Keven McAlester, Oded Binnun, Robert Kondo, Anthony Stacchi, Jeremy Dawson, Aaron Glascock, Hu Wei and Bub Asman.

Second Row: Daniel Sudick, Gary Fettis, Gregg Alexander, Gregg W Landaker, Brent Burge, Ido Ostrowsky, Erik Winquist, Patrick Osborne, Adam Stockhausen, Craig Mann, John Lesher, Tim Crosbie, Robert Yeoman, Paul Franklin, Hans Zimmer, Travis Knight, Rosamund Pike, Jason Hall, Tomm Moore, Laura Poitras, Daniel Barrett, Helen Estabrook, Yoshiaki Nishimura, and Isao Takahata.

Third Row: John T Reitz, James Lucas, Andrew Lockley, Thomas Curley, Mihal Brezis, Peter Morgan, Felicity Jones, Jonathan Fawkner, Colleen Atwood, Robert Lorenz, Michael Keaton, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Armando Bo, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Damián Szifron, Roy Conli, Jeremy Kleiner, Torill Kove, Dan DeLeeuw, Rory Kennedy, Joel E Cox, Hugo Guinness, Diane Warren, Bill Corso, Stefan Eichenberger, Nora Grossman, Alan Robert Murray, Talkhon Hamzavi, and Michael Lennox.

Fourth Row: Alexander Dinelaris, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier, Bennett Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Anthony McCarten, Jason Canovas, Maria Djurkovic, Morten Tyldum, Pawel Pawlikowski, Suzie Davies, Sandra Adair, Bradley Cooper, Charlotte Watts, Lisa Bruce, Tom Cross, Common, Graham Moore, Mark Coulier, Bryan Grill, Frank A Montano, Eddie Redmayne, Julian Raymond, Orlando von Einsiedel, Gary Rizzo, J. K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Lou Pecora, Gary D. Roach, and Chris Williams.

Fifth Row: Julianne Moore, Charlie Siskel, Dan Lemmon, Shawn Patterson, Edward Norton, Laura Dern, Danielle Brisebois, Oprah Winfrey, Damien Chazelle, Joanna Natasegara, Richard Linklater, Jon Taylor, Mark Weingarten, Dana Perry, Don Hall, Clint Eastwood, Joe Letteri, Paul Young, Marion Cotillard, William C Goldenberg, Abderrahmane Sissako, Richard Stammers, Steve Carell, Dean DeBlois, Dede Gardner, Scott Fisher, Becky Sullivan, Tomasz Śliwiński, Mark Bridges, Stephane Ceretti and Andrew Lazar.

Slamdance Micro-Short Film Competition Gets a List of Finalists

There’s been a lot of excitement brewing since it was announced that Slamdance Film Festival would hold a Digital Bolex-sponsored micro-short competition. Now we finally have a list of the films that will be competing…and for a micro-short competition it’s surprisingly long.

The competition is titled Fearless Filmmaking: Art on Your Own Terms, which promises an incredibly diverse and daring collection of films and film-makers. This will include Americans Lisa Demaine, Ben McCrea and Lindsay Haun, for Passport, Aquarium and Coming To respectively.

So here’s the full list for your perusal along with descriptions of each film, courtesy of The Wrap. Do yourself a favour and commit some of these to memory:

ALPHAVILLE: A REMIXJames Kaelan (USA)
Lemmy Caution seduces himself in this shot-for-shot feminist remix of Jean-Luc Godard‘s lo-fi science fiction masterpiece starring Caitlin FitzGerald.

COURTESAN – Misti Boland and Jeremy Osbern (USA)*
Two strangers meet on Christmas night… for sex and the exchange of money.

REDUX20 – Paul Rachman (USA)*
An experimental doc that steps into the spiraling frenetic journey of actor and artist Jason Cairns with whom the director worked 20 years ago on the film Drive Baby Drive.

THE PERILOUS FIGHT – Nedra McClyde (USA)*
A father wrestles with the decision to allow his young son to enter the world without him.

THE CHARACTER STUDY – Luke Pelizzari (Canada)
When an actor takes his character off the set and into his everyday life, he learns a valuable lesson about pretending to be something you’re (definitely) not.

JKTV – Elle Schneider (USA)
A documentary exploring the work of webcam artist Joey Kim.

ISOBEL – Marie Jamora (USA/Philippines)*
Isobel lives in the Philippines and has been acting and painting since she was four — now at the age of twelve, through conversation and archival footage, we see a portrait of her growing up.

THE DAMMED – Fernando Frias (Mexico)*
Ulises Zarazua has an American Passport but lives in Mexico city; I have a Mexican passport and live in New York. He made a song. I made a video.

COMING TO – Lindsey Haun (USA)
A man wakes up in a Koreatown hallway, naked except for a cock ring and frilly scarf.

FINGER GUNS – Bryan Chojnowski (USA)
Eve moves back to her hometown and it totally sucks, so Jack is going to make her smile — even if it kills them.

LOVE & I – Heather Kasprzak (USA)
A true story about a young woman who sets out to find the father she hasn’t seen in 30 years.

SALT WOUND – Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (USA)*
A collage of four artists creating and purging with some dirt, dolls, a blanket and a goldfish.

AQUARIUM – Ben McCrea (USA)
A couple drive to the beach to say their final goodbye – one does not return.

AN UNEXPECTED FAREWELL – Fredrik Ekholm (Sweden)
A desperate man comes across a golden frame, which takes him on an unexpected journey.

PASSPORT – Lisa Demaine (USA)
Off on a bender, a Hollywood legend escapes an unhappy film set only to discover there’s no escaping your own myth.

Fearless Filmmaking: Art on Your Own Terms will take place on Monday, Jan. 26.