‘Birdman’ reigns victorious as Best Picture at the Oscars, ‘Grand Budapest’ also wins four

Birdman” was the big winner at the Oscars, taking Best Picture after a close awards season battle with “Boyhood.” It won four awards total, including Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. For cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it was his second consecutive win following his victory last year for “Gravity.”

Boyhood” had to settle for just one award: Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette).

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But it was a good night for all eight Best Picture nominees. They all won at least one award.

The Grand Budapest Hotel” swept the below-the-line races, taking four: Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Score and Best Makeup and Hairtsyling. For costume designer Milena Canonero, it was her fourth win, but for composer Alexandre Desplat, it was his very first victory after eight nominations.

Whiplash” won three Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons), Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

The Theory of Everything,” as expected, won Best Actor for Eddie Redmayne. It had been a close race all season between him and “Birdman” star Michael Keaton, but Redmayne was considered to have pulled ahead after winning Best Actor at the SAG Awards.

The Imitation Game” took one prize out of its eight nominations: Best Adapted Screenplay for Graham Moore

American Sniper” went one-for-six: Best Sound Editing.

Selma” won its only other nomination: Best Original Song for “Glory,” written by John Legend and Common.

Elsewhere, Julianne Moore won Best Actress for “Still Alice,” her first win after five nominations, stretching back to 1997 when she picked up her first bid for “Boogie Nights.”

Interstellar” took one of its five bids: Best Visual Effects.

The Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” claimed Best Documentary Feature as expected, but Disney’s “Big Hero 6” pulled off an upset for Best Animated Feature, defeating the frontrunner “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” It’s the second consecutive win for a Disney film, following “Frozen” last year.

Ida” made history by winning Best Foreign Language Film. It’s the first ever victory for Poland in that category..

As Gold Derby predicted, “The Phone Call” won Best Live-Action Short, “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” took Best Documentary Short and “Feast” received Best Animated Short.

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