Yawn: Here's your Oscars 2015 recap

By  | Dec 06, 2018, 01:46 AM

Described as an event that lacked any surprise for the first time in years, the 87th Academy Awards, more popularly known as The Oscars, were held last night. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the How I Met Your Mother star, first took to the stage in his underpants. This was in an attempt to reference a scene from Birdman (The film went on to win "Best Picture") and he successfully pulled it off with much admiration and courage. That being said, the rest of his performance lacked the usual lustre one can expect from Harris and left a wake of fans slightly disappointed at his mediocrity.

Although the event may have started off in a grand manner, the follow-up left little to be remembered. Despite the fact that 2014 offered so many versatile topics to be bashed and branded, from the Sony hack (and the scandalous drama that The Interview caused) to the Twitter trend, #OscarsSoWhite. Harris and his posse of 11 writers could only come up with a few, bland words to entertain the eager crowd.

His first line, ‘Tonight we honour Hollywood's best and whitest - sorry, brightest’ received the laughs it desired, but that was where the fun ended. This intentional mishap was a reference to the hashtag that zoomed through social media last night and the on-going debate that has followed the nominations once they were announced.

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But the night was about more than Harris’s performance and we saw Patricia Arquette cry the call for gender equality and Graham Moore speak out about sexuality and the confusion it can bring: ‘When I was 16 years old I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, because I felt different, because I felt like I did not belong… I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird… or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes you do. I promise you do.’

His thank-you speech was profound and resonated well after the curtains closed.Rita Ora and Lady Gaga are guaranteed crowd-pleasers and they delivered stellar performances last night which wowed the crowd repeatedly.

If you missed the action (and I use the word “action” very generously) we have that list of Oscar winners below. Memorise the names and impress your friends!

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Costume Design:

  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Foreign Language Film:

  • "Ida," Poland

Live Action Short Film

  • "The Phone Call"

Documentary Short Subject

  • "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1"

Sound Mixing

  • "Whiplash"

Sound Editing

  • "American Sniper"

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Visual Effects

  • "Interstellar"

Animated Short Film

  • "Feast"

Animated Feature Film

  • "Big Hero 6"

Production Design

  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Cinematography

  • "Birdman"

Film Editing

  • "Whiplash"

Documentary Feature

  • "Citizenfour"

Original Song

  • "Glory," "Selma"

Original Score

  • "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Original Screenplay

  • "Birdman"

Adapted Screenplay

  • "The Imitation Game"

Directing

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"

Best Actor

  • Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Best Actress

  • Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

Best Picture

  • "Birdman"

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Chiraag Maharaj is a law student by day, and a crime-fighting superhero vigilante by night. She's a ZAlebs Street Blogger in between- you can read the articles she's written for ZAlebs here and you can follow her blog here.