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Oscars: 'Birdman' bests 'Boyhood'

by jmaloni
Mon, Feb 23rd 2015 11:35 am
Academy Awards: Pictured, from left: Patricia Arquette, Oscar winner for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for work on `Boyhood`; Eddie Redmayne, Oscar winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role for work on `The Theory of Everything`; Julianne Moore, Oscar winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role for work on `Still Alice`; and J.K. Simmons, Oscar winner for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for work on `Whiplash.` They're posed backstage during the live ABC telecast of the 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Sunday. (Photo by Debby Coleman/©A.M.P.A.S.)
Academy Awards: Pictured, from left: Patricia Arquette, Oscar winner for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for work on "Boyhood"; Eddie Redmayne, Oscar winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role for work on "The Theory of Everything"; Julianne Moore, Oscar winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role for work on "Still Alice"; and J.K. Simmons, Oscar winner for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for work on "Whiplash." They're posed backstage during the live ABC telecast of the 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Sunday. (Photo by Debby Coleman/©A.M.P.A.S.)

"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" took Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards. The film stars Michael Keaton as what IMDb describes as a "washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero" fighting to reclaim his family, himself and, with a Broadway play on the horizon, his once-promising career.

"Boyhood," a film in which director Richard Linklater chronicles the life of Mason (actor Ellar Coltrane) from age 5-18, was the early frontrunner. It was shot over the course of 12 years.

Top winners Sunday included:

Academy Awards: Pictured, from left: James W. Skotchdopole, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and John Lesher pose backstage with the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year. They won for

Academy Awards: Pictured, from left: James W. Skotchdopole, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and John Lesher pose backstage with the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year. They won for "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/©A.M.P.A.S.

Best Picture

  • "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Directing

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" 

Animated Feature Film

  • "Big Hero 6," Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Documentary Feature

  • "CitizenFour," Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Foreign Language Film

  • "Ida" (Poland), directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Music - Original Song

  • "Glory" from "Selma"; music and lyric by John Stephens (John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (Common)

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