Rain didn’t stop Hollywood stars from attending the star-studded Oscars Awards yesterday at the Dolby Theater.
The 87th Academy Awards was hosted by Tony Award veteran Neil Partick Harris, who later performed a spoof on “Birdman” in his underwear.
The highest recognition was awarded to “Birdman”, which won best picture and best original screenplay and best in cinematography. Birdman is a film directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who was also awarded best director.
Eddie Redmayne who portrayed Stephen Hawking in the film “The Theory of Everything”, directed by James Marsh, won best actor. Julianne Moore won best actress in her performance as an academic with early onset Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice”.
“I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer. If that’s true, I’d really like to thank the academy because my husband is younger than me,” Moore said during her speech.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” a colorful and quirky film about a legendary concierge who is wrongly accused of murder, was directed by Wes Anderson and won best original score, best production design, best costume design, and best in makeup and hairstyling.
Meanwhile, the black and white film “Ida” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski took audiences back in time to Poland in 1962, won as the best language film and also nominated for the best cinematography.
J.K Simmons won Best Supporting Actor in the film “Whiplash”, portraying a sharp-tongued teacher named Fletcher at an elite music school who does whatever it takes to make a promising drummer reach his potential. The film won in the best editing category. On the other hand, Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) was awarded best supporting actress.
“Big Hero 6” is Disney’s first animated film foray into the Marvel comics universe, fusing Japanese influences into American pop culture won best animated feature. The short film “Feast” directed by Patrick Osborne and produced by Kristina Reed win for the best animated short film.
Everyone was also surprised with Lady Gaga’s performance in her rendition of medleys from the Sound of Music. Much more rousing and eloquent, however was Tim McGraw’s cover of Glenn Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”.
(Details C/O Reuters/ Mary Rose Faith Bonalos)