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Neil_Patrick_Harris_2011_(cropped)The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2014 and took place on February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Oscars in 24 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan and directed by Hamish Hamilton. Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the ceremony for the first time.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel won the most awards, tying with four each. Birdman won the Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Alejandro González Iñárritu, while The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat. Other winners included Whiplash winning three awards including Best Supporting Actor for J. K. Simmons, and The Theory of Everything, Still Alice, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Big Hero 6, Ida, Citizenfour, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, The Phone Call, Feast, Selma, American Sniper and Interstellar all with one each.

Best Picture

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole

Best Directing

Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking

Best Actress

Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland

Best Supporting Actor

J. K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo, Jr.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Imitation Game – Graham Moore from Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Best Animated Feature Film

Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida (Poland) in Polish  – Paweł Pawlikowski

Best Documentary – Feature

Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

Best Live Action Short Film

The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Best Animated Short Film

Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat

Best Original Song

“Glory” from Selma – Music and Lyric by John Legend and Common

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Best Sound Mixing

Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

Best Cinematography

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero

Best Film Editing

Whiplash – Tom Cross

Best Visual Effects

Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

Honorary Academy Awards

The Academy held its 6th Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 8, 2014, during which the following awards were presented:

Academy Honorary Awards

  • Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Maureen O’Hara

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

  • Harry Belafonte


(with files from Wikipedia)