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Oscars 2015: The snubs and surprises of the 87th Academy Awards

Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris jumpstarted the 87th Academy Awards last night with a musical number that included dancing stormtroopers. Immediately, his showmanship won over the crowd, but quickly, his charms started wearing thin, delivering weak jokes to an unreceptive crowd. Where was his writer from the Tonys’ ceremony? We wanted that NPH. 

Lady Gaga proved her pipes, singing a medley of The Sound of Music songs in celebration of the iconic musical. The Little Monsters must have been surprised by her Disney princess dress and hair. The queen of film musicals, Julie Andrews, appeared on stage after the tribute to The Sound of Music, which of course demanded a standing ovation from the crowd.

Twelve continuous years of filmmaking wasn’t enough for Richard Linkater’s Boyhood to own the 87th Academy Awards. Instead the illusionary “one take” Birdman stole the show from under the American director, banking Oscars for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu.

It was Birdman’s year, but not necessarily star Michael Keaton’s. The Theory of Everything's Eddie Redmayne continued his hot streak, winning the award for Best Actor, despite Keaton’s stronger likelihood to be honoured by his peers at the Academy.

Best cameo went to The LEGO Movie's Will Arnett as "LEGO Batman." He wore Val Kilmer's suit and cowl from Batman Forever.

There were a ton of sure bets that delivered last night, including Julianne Moore for Best Actress, Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress, Citizenfour for Best Documentary, and Ida for Best Foreign Language Film.

Whiplash’s three wins, however, were a huge surprise. Almost everyone had written off Damien Chazelle’s drumming prodigy film as being “too obscure” to win anything aside from J.K. Simmons’ inevitable Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Whiplash defied the odds, however, banking very, very well deserved wins for Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing. Sometimes the Oscars do reward the most deserving nominee.

Speaking of deserving films, The Grand Budapest Hotel scored four awards last night – Best Original Score, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design, anf Best Production Design. But surprise, surprise… Wes Anderson’s most likely win – that for Best Original Screenplay – went to Iñárritu for the night’s big winner, Birdman. It’s Wes’ third time nominated in the category. Fourth’s time a charm?

Probably the biggest surprise, however, was this beautiful moment:

 

 

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