The Oscars are here!

Rachel Tropp ’16
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony was February 22 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.  Held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the event honored the film achievements of 2014. The results were highly anticipated, as numerous excellent films competed for a single prize in each category.

The Oscars ceremony also featured performances from Tegan and Sara, Anna Kendrick, Jack Black, and Tim McGraw, among others.  Famous presenters included Octavia Spencer, Josh Hutcherson, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, and many more. The star studded event will be considered one of the major red carpet moments of the year.

Nominees for Best Picture were American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Selma, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Many critics thought both Birdman and Boyhood were the true contenders, and they both deserved the win. However, there could be only one, and Birdman won the Oscar for Best Picture and also Best Director.

In his speech, director Alejandro González Iñárritu, a Mexican immigrant, used the honor as an opportunity to advocate for better treatment of immigrants in America, sa “The ones that live in this country, who are just part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.”

The nominees for Leading Actor were Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Michael Keaton (Birdman), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game). Eddie Redmayne, who took home the Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, devoted his speech to the Hawking family, saying, “This belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family: Stephen, Jonathan, Jane, and the Hawking children.”

The nominees for leading actress were Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). The winner, Julianne Moore, took home the Oscar for her portrayal of a woman struggling not to lose sight of herself after she was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.

Other notable winners include Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) for Best Supporting Actress, J. K. Simmons (Whiplash) for Best Supporting Actor, Big Hero 6 for Best Animated Film, The Theory of Everything for Best Original Score, The Grand Budapest Hotel for Best Costume Design, and “Glory” from Selma  for Best Original Song.

As is always the case during the Oscars, there were several moments no one will forget. Host Neil Patrick Harris started the show off with a fun musical number, and later came onstage in his underwear, making an homage to Birdman. The “Everything is Awesome” and “Glory” performances were fantastic. Even Julie Andrews showed up to present after Lady Gaga’s stunning Sound of Music performance, surprising and delighting many viewers. All in all, it was an incredible night. Left to Right: Best Supporting Actor J. K. Simmons (Whiplash), Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Best Leading Actress Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Best Leading Actor Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

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