The 87th Academy Awards

By Mir Khan and Saif Khalique

This year’s Academy Awards was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and even though he was hosting the show for the first time in his career, many felt that he was a natural pick for the job since he had hosted the Tony Award Ceremony four times. 2014 was a great year for films, with 8 nominees for Best Picture. These nominees were Birdman, The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash. The winner was, drum rolls please…….Birdman!

This marks the second consecutive time that a Mexican director has won the award for Best Picture, with Alejandro González Iñárritu winning it this year, and Alfonso Cuarón winning it last year for his movie Gravity. Despite the new host and the amazing movies, this has been the least watched Oscar ceremony since the 81st Academy Awards. Some Technites who watched the ceremony have different opinions on whether or not Birdman deserved the Best Picture Award.

Adham Abdelhameed’ 15 said that, “Birdman definitely deserved to win the award for Best Picture because it was, in my opinion, one of the most entertaining movies of 2014.”

Jahan Rahman’ 14, disagreed with Adham and said, “Birdman didn’t really deserve that many awards, and I thought Best Picture should have been Grand Budapest Hotel or Selma.”

Tharun Reddi’ 15 said that, “American Sniper should have won Best Picture because it was the best movie of last year. I disagree with the choice of Birdman because I didn’t think it was very entertaining at all.”

Whether you agree with the choices for the winners, the general consensus is that 2014 was a great year for cinema, and we can only hope that 2015 will be even better.

The rest of the winners of the 87th Academy Awards:

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne — The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Julianne Moore — Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons — Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette — Boyhood

Achievement in Costume Design

Milena Canonero — The Grand Budapest Hotel

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier — The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida  – Pawel Pawlikowski

Best Live Action Short Film

The Phone Call — Matt Kirkby and James Lucas

Best Documentary Short Subject

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

Original Screenplay

BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo

Achievement in Sound Mixing

Whiplash — Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

Achievement in Sound Editing

American Sniper —  Alan Robert Murray Bub Asman

Achievement in Visual Effects

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

Best Animated Short

Feast — Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Best Animated Movie

Big Hero Six — Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Achievement in Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel — Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock

Achievement in Cinematography

Birdman — Emannuel Lubezki

Achievement in Film Editing

Whipalsh — Tom Cross

Best Documentary Feature

Citizen Four — Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Best Original Song

Glory — John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel — Alexandre Desplat

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Imitation Game – Graham Moore


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