The 87th annual Academy Awards took place Feb. 2 and were a night of glitz, glamor and Hollywood’s finest talents. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the movie recognition awards were filled with a few surprises, memorable performances, and inspirational speeches.
The coveted award for Best Picture went to Birdman directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The film beat out many critically acclaimed pieces, such as American Sniper and Selma to earn the title. Iñárritu also earned the prize for Best Directing for his work on the film. Birdman won for Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated in a number of other categories as well.
Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in the film, The Theory of Everything. Julianne Moore won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in Still Alice. Veteran actor J.K. Simmons received the honor of Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his part in the film Whiplash. Whiplash also won awards for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Patricia Arquette won the award for “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” for Boyhood.
Best Animated Feature Film went to Big Hero 6, while the film CitizenFour won Best Documentary Feature. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel won awards for Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. The honor of Best Visual Effects went to the outer-space themed film, Interstellar.
The event took place at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles and featured a number of musical performances. Fan favorites like Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and pop singer Rita Ora took the stage to display their vocal talents. Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson performed a moving rendition of the song “I Can’t Let Go” right after a special memorial montage honoring those in the industry who died in the past year. Country singer Tim McGraw also inspired the audience with his version of Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”
Singers Tegan & Sara were joined by comedic musical group The Lonely Island to perform “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie.” A number of other celebrities, including Questlove and Andy Samberg, also appeared in this upbeat performance. Pop icon Lady Gaga performed a medley of tunes from The Sound of Music. The Hollywood Reporter speculated that it could be one of the most memorable performances of her career.
John Legend and Common beautifully performed the song “Glory” from the film Selma. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that this musical number was the best of the night. They even added that it may go down in Academy Award history.
By: Tucker Harrington