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Oscar 2015 – Complete Winners List


And here they are, the winners of the 87th Academy Awards. My predictions were decent this year – 19 correct out of 24. Not a lot of surprises, even in many of the tightest races. The biggest shocker was Big Hero 6 beating out How to Train Your Dragon 2 for Animated Feature, and that was bound to be a close race anyway. Still I was thrilled to see Whiplash get Editing and Sound.

What are your thought on how the race turned out? Leave a comment below!

Best Picture – Birdman
Best Director – Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Actress – Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Adapted Screenplay – The Imitation Game
Best Original Screenplay – Birdman
Best Film Editing – Whiplash
Best Music (Original Score) – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Music (Original Song) – “Glory,” Selma
Best Sound Mixing – Whiplash
Best Sound Editing – American Sniper
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Costume Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Production Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Visual Effects – Interstellar
Best Animated Feature – Big Hero 6
Best Foreign Language Film – Ida
Best Documentary Feature – CITIZENFOUR
Best Short Film: Animated – Feast
Best Short Film: Live Action – The Phone Call
Best Short Film: Documentary – Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Winners by the numbers:
4 – Birdman
4 – The Grand Budapest Hotel
3 – Whiplash
(everything else – 1 or 0)

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Oscar Post Partum – The Empty-Handed


There we have it, folks. Another year of movie awards come and gone, culminating in last night’s Oscars.

In retrospect, after sleeping on it, the show itself wasn’t particularly all that exciting. In last night’s recap, I said the show wasn’t particularly memorable. But with the light of day I feel like that’s giving it too much credit.

As much as I love Ellen, most of her bits fell pretty flat. The montages on the theme of “Heroes” were uninteresting and instantly forgettable, while the Wizard of Oz tribute was completely pointless. And perhaps most egregious of all, there were absolutely zero surprises in the awards themselves. How did such a tight and unpredictable race end up with such… well, predictable… winners?

Maybe in such a close race, any winner will feel unsurprising. Except, no, the vast majority of these were pretty obvious weeks, if not months ago. Maybe the extended voting season (waiting an extra couple weeks for the Olympics) allowed everybody to settle on generally agreed-upon group of winners well before the ballots were turned in. That’s probably closer to the truth.

Either way it’s disappointing that such a close, exciting nail-biter of a race ended with so anticlimactically. And it’s unacceptable that in such an amazing year with such a wealth of extraordinary films to choose from, so few of those walked away with any hardware at all. Here’s a short list of films that didn’t win any Oscars this year…

All Is Lost
American Hustle
Blue Is the Warmest Color
The Butler
Captain Phillips
The Conjuring
Ernest & Celestine
Francis Ha
Fruitvale Station
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor
Monsters University
Much Ado About Nothing
Out of the Furnace
Pacific Rim
Side Effects
Spring Breakers
Star Trek Into Darkness
Stories We Tell
This Is the End
Warm Bodies
The Way Way Back
The Wolf of Wall Street
The World’s End

All of those – and it’s by no means a complete list – received at least some amount of awards buzz throughout the year. While some are clearly better or worse than others, and individual tastes are clearly varied and subjective, every single one of those films represents teams of talented filmmakers whose are deserves recognition.

That’s not to say the Oscars are the be all and end all of recognizing art – we all know they’re not. But they are the most visible, the recognition that the general public is most aware of. Compare the list above to the list of films that did win Oscars

12 Years a Slave
Dallas Buyers Club
The Great Gatsby
Blue Jasmine
The Great Beauty
20 Feet From Stardom

Fewer than 10 feature-length films came away with any hardware from 21 categories. The lion’s share of those trophies went to Gravity. And that’s fine. Gravity was an astounding, monumental work of art, and I don’t begrudge it a single one of its awards. But I do wish we could recognize the sheer volume and diversity of artistic vision on display in 2013 in a way that reaches the regular, non-cinephile public masses.

Many people like to repeat that film is a dying art, that movies are getting worse, and TV is taking over. There may be seeds of qualified truth in that refrain (especially if you compare movies like Grown-ups 2 to something like HBO’s True Detective). But in a loud and proud way, 2013 has declared that there remains no shortage art, genius, and life to be found in a movie theater.

Recognition of that fact is more important than any Oscar.

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The 86th Academy Awards Winners


Compare the results to the complete list of nominees, and ranked predictions, on our Oscar Predictions page.

Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave
Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress – Cate Blanchette, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Adapted Screenplay – John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Best Original Screenplay – Spike Jonze, Her
Best Film Editing – Gravity
Best Music (Original Score) – Steven Price, Gravity
Best Music (Original Song) – “Let It Go” from Frozen
Best Sound Mixing – Gravity
Best Sound Editing – Gravity
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Best Costume Design – The Great Gatsby
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Production Design – The Great Gatsby
Best Visual Effects – Gravity
Best Animated Feature – Frozen
Best Foreign Language Film – The Great Beauty
Best Documentary Feature – 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Short Film: Animated – Mr. Hublot
Best Short Film: Live Action – Helium
Best Short Film: Documentary – The Lady in #6: Music Saved My Life

Winners by the numbers:
7 –
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
2 –
The Great Gatsby
Blue Jasmine
The Great Beauty
Mr. Hublot
The Lady in #6: Music Saved My Life
20 Feet From Stardom

The Screen Life’s Predictions Score: 19/24

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