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Oscar Aftermath: ‘Birdman’ Flies High & Parties Into The Night On Wings Of Victory

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OK, as I suspected the guilds were right and the critics groups and Golden Globes were wrong. With Birdman triumphing as Best Picture, Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Original Screenplay and Cinematography, it followed the path of exactly what the guild victories at PGA, DGA, SAG and ASC were predicting. And SAG went even farther in cementing its powers of prescience with the Oscar victory of The Theory Of Everything‘s voter-charmer Eddie Redmayne, who took Best A… Read

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Oscars TV Review: Oscarcast Proves Risky Business For Neil Patrick Harris, “Sentimental Hogwash” For Celeb Causes

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All those months playing German wannabe rockstar Hedwig on Broadway paid off big time for Neil Patrick Harris, who scooted during the 87th Oscars ceremony from his dressing room to the stage of the Dolby Theatre wearing nothing but his tighty-whities. The bit paid tribute to a similar scene in the night’s big winner, Birdman, with a nod to Tom Cruise’s dancing number in Risky Business. How many actors other than Jennifer Lopez have been as unembarrassedly revealing on the… Read

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‘Birdman’ Wins Oscar For Best Picture As Year’s Top Film Finally Elevates Itself

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In a rare year in which the marquee Best Picture category came down to the wire despite seven months of campaigning and three months of running the awards-season gauntlet, Fox Searchlight’s Birdman won the big prize tonight at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Its four total wins tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel for the most trophies on the night. It was the fourth victory of the evening for the pic, which centers on a former action-hero actor (Best Actor nominee Michael… Read

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Julianne Moore Wins Oscar For Best Actress, Says There Is No Such Thing

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“Thank you so much. I read an article that said winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer. If that's true I'd really like to thank the Academy because my husband is younger than me,” Still Alice star Julianne Moore said in accepting her first Academy Award, for best lead actress. “There is no such thing as best actress, as evidenced by the performances of my fellow nominees,” she insisted, referencing Marion Cotillard who had been nominated for Two Days, One… Read

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Oscar Winners 2015: The Complete List

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The 87th Oscars ended with a flourish tonight as Fox Searchlight’s Birdman won Best Picture, one of four of its victories on the night. Fellow Searchlight pic The Grand Budapest Hotel also had four wins. The marquee acting categories ended up going the most likely directions, with The Theory Of Everything‘s Eddie Redmayne and Still Alice‘s Julianne Moore taking Best Actor and Best Actress and Patricia Arquette of Boyhood and JK Simmons from Whiplash taking the Supporting… Read

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Composer Alexandre Desplat Finally Wins Oscar In Eighth Go-Round

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The eighth time is truly a charm for French composer Alexandre Desplat as he finally won an Oscar for Best Original Score after creating notes for an array of prolific Hollywood films from art house titles like The Girl With Pearl Earring to tentpoles like Godzilla. His win for Fox Searchlight’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, one of four wins on the night for the Wes Anderson pic. For a while there, after the Academy crazily bypassed Desplat for his sublime scoring work on… Read

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‘Birdman’ Nabs Oscar For Original Screenplay

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Birdman shocked absolutely no one tonight, beating out stiff competition from The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Whiplash to take home the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. What is something of a surprise is that the filmEmmanuel Lubezki has had an uneven but prestigious night, with DP Emmanuel Lubezki taking home his second statue for Best Cinematography earlier in the evening, and director Alejandro G. Inarritu for Best Director. The helmer… Read

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Backstage At The Oscars

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The press corps got three doses of Alejandro Inarritu as screenwriter, director and producer winner. Hands flew up like an auction house, and similar to 2012 when The Artist won and French was the lingua franca of the room, Spanish dominated the Q&A between reporters and Inarritu. "It's so good, it feels like Mexico, I haven't spoken English yet," said the filmmaker. Why did Inarritu make an absurdist film about a cynical actor's suicidal psyche? "I still don't know why I… Read

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Newcomer Graham Moore Wins Adapted Screenplay Oscar For ‘Imitation Game’, Gets Standing Ovation For Speech

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The Imitation Game screenwriter Graham Moore has won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay, defeating newcomers and veterans alike at the 87th annual Oscars with his first produced screenplay. Moore’s acceptance speech marked the first time on the awards circuit he mentioned an attempted suicide as a youth, rousing the audience to a standing ovation with his message of hope. The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing, the father of… Read

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‘Whiplash’ Editor Tom Cross Wins First Oscar For Achievement In Editing

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Defying predictions including by Deadline’s Pete Hammond, Whiplash nabbed its third Oscar of the evening when editor Tom Cross took home the award for Best Editing. The film bested stiff competition from ACE Eddie Awards winners Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel, as well as American Sniper, and The Imitation Game. Whiplash is nominated for five Oscars tonight, so far winning every category in which it’s nominated. J.K. Simmons won earlier tonight for Best Supporting Act… Read

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“Glory” From ‘Selma’ Wins Oscar For Original Song

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The anthem from Selma – written by John Legend and Common — was the odds-on favorite to win, especially after it won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. "This is where the Academy is bound and determined to honor Selma beyond its Best Picture nomination," Deadline's Awards Editor Pete Hammond said. Legend told the Academy audience that “the struggle for justice is right now” citing the high number of black men incarcerated today. “Glory” beat “Grateful” (by Diane… Read

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‘Citizenfour’ Wins Oscar For Documentary Feature

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Citizenfour, the chilling documentary by Laura Poitras about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden won the Oscar for Best Documentary feature tonight at the 87th Academy Awards. The docu beat out four other nominees, Finding Vivian Maier, Last Days In Vietnam, The Salt Of The Earth and Virunga. It was an expected win for the film which previously walked away with DGA and BAFTA honors, along with New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, the Gotham… Read