The 87th annual academy celebrations were all that people expected and more. Los Angeles on Sunday the 22nd of February, 2015 bore witness to a mêlée of stars who had gathered to celebrate arguably the most famous awards ceremony of the international movie industry. The iconic and deeply sensitive portrayal of Stephen Hawking the famous physicist by Eddie Redmayne ensured that he went full circle. It has been a whitewash; however an Oscar is definitely the fairest feather for his tally.
While the Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman earned equal accolades on awards night with 4 Oscars a piece, all the eight motion pictures nominated won something. However, with the scalps of major awards such as the Best Picture and Director, it caused quite a coup with Boyhood slated to be hot favourites.
The film maker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is being largely credited for the good show by Birdman. The movie also grabbed the best original screenplay and cinematography awards. The movie was about a Broadway player and a former movie superhero actor, character was played by Michael Keaton.
Director Inarritu won the trophy against the likes of Richard Linklater for Boyhood, Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game, Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher as well as Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Inarritu follows in the footsteps of fellow countryman Alfonso Cuaron who had achieved the honour the previous year for Gravity.
Budapest gave stiff competition costume design, production design, make up and original score. Boyhood which was being touted as the primary contender for most of the major awards, won only the best supporting actress – courtesy Patricia Arquette. She was also responsible for engendering whoops from the likes Jennifer Lopez and Meryl Streep for her speech about gender equality in terms of Hollywood.
Brit actor Eddie R. who won the best actor was seen spelling out his name when the award was handed over; he also got very emotional when he won and was seen with wife Bagshawe celebrating the win right after with a kiss. Julianne Moore who won best actress also felt emotional since her husband had apparently predicted her win. The dark comedy Birdman’s only significant loss was thus Keaton losing out on the best actor accolade against Redmayne. Neil Patrick Harris the night’s host also hinted at the discrimination controversy getting raked up from different quarters with his whitest-brightest pun.