Michael Keaton in a scene from the movie Birdman.
Michael Keaton in a scene from the movie Birdman. Atsushi Nishijima

Birdman comes home to roost at the Oscars

BIRDMAN was named Best Picture of the past year at today's Oscars.

The 87th Academy Awards, held in Los Angeles, honour the best in the film industry and are considered the most prestigious awards for actors and filmmakers.

Birdman's Alejandro G Inarritu was also named Best Director.

"Ego loves competition, so for someone to win someone has to lose," he said.

"True art… can't be compared. It can't be labelled and these (other) films can't be defeated because they exist. Our work will be judged as always by time."

Birdman tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel for the most awards of the night, four.

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel was recognised for its score, costumes, make-up and production design.

Cate Blanchett and Eddie Redmayne pose in the press room with his award for best actor in a leading role at the Oscars.
Cate Blanchett and Eddie Redmayne pose in the press room with his award for best actor in a leading role at the Oscars. Jordan Strauss

Australians Tim Crosbie and David Lee missed out on awards for their work in special effects and sound mixing respectively.

But Naomi Watts was able to celebrate though as part of the Birdman cast.

After winning Golden Globes and SAG Awards, Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne were the favourites to win the best actor categories.

Both actors dedicated their awards to the people suffering from the illnesses they portrayed.

Redmayne, who portrayed Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, dedicated his award to ALS sufferers while Moore dedicated hers to those with Alzheimer's.

"So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalised," Moore said.

"People with Alzheimer's deserve to be seen so we can find a cure."

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the awards.

 

Oscars winners list:

Best Picture

American Sniper

*Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

 

Best Actor

Steve Carell - Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper - American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton - Birdman

*Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

 

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything

*Julianne Moore - Still Alice

Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon - Wild


Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall - The Judge

Ethan Hawke - Boyhood

Edward Norton - Birdman

Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher

*JK Simmons - Whiplash

 

Best Supporting Actress

*Patricia Arquette - Boyhood

Laura Dern - Wild

Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game

Emma Stone - Birdman

Meryl Streep - Into the Woods

 

Best Cinematography

*Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ida

Mr Turner

Unbroken

 

Best Costume Design

*The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods

Maleficent

Mr Turner

 

Best Director

*Alejandro G Inarritu - Birdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game

 

Best Foreign Language Film

*Ida

Leviathan

Tangerines

Timbuktu

Wild Tales

 

Best Make-up and Hairstyling

Foxcatcher

*The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Best Original Score

*The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Mr Turner

The Theory of Everything

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper

*The Imitation Game

Inherent Vice

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

 

Best Original Screenplay

*Birdman

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nightcrawler

 

Best Animated Feature Film

*Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

 

Best Documentary Feature

*Citizen Four

Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth

Virunga

 

Best Documentary Short Subject

*Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Joanna

Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth

 

Best Film Editing

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

*Whiplash

 

Best Original Song

Everything is Awesome - The Lego Movie

*Glory - Selma

Grateful - Beyond the Lights

I'm Not Gonna Miss You - Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me

Lost Stars - Begin Again

 

Best Production Design

*The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Into the Woods

Mr Turner

 

Best Animated Short Film

The Bigger Picture

The Dam Keeper

*Feast

Me and My Moulton

A Single Life

 

Best Live Action Short Film

Aya

Boogaloo and Graham

Butter Lamp

Parvaneh

*The Phone Call

 

Best Sound Editing

*American Sniper

Birdman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Unbroken

 

Best Sound Mixing

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken

*Whiplash

 

Best Visual Effects

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

*Interstellar

X-Men: Days of Future Past


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