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Academy Awards 2015: Winners, Highlights, Best Moments & More…

By Fredricka Davis

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You know what’s the best? When you have super high expectations—like we did for the 2015 Oscars red carpet—and they aren’t just meet they are far surpassed.

Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris wasted no time kicking off a stormy 87th Academy Awards and conceding the ceremony’s much-discussed lack of diversity.

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“Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — I mean brightest,” said Harris in a Dolby Theater introduction Sunday. Harris’ opening quickly segued into a “Moving Pictures” song-and-dance routine that celebrated a love for movies, complete with dancing Peter Pan-style shadows, classic movie scenes, a Cinderella-style cameo from Anna Kendrick and a villain to his sunny outlook in Jack Black — who jumped on stage to counter that Hollywood wasn’t so fabulous, making movies “opening with lots of zeroes, all we get is superheroes.”

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“After ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” Black added, referring to this weekend’s top box office draw, “they’ll all have leather whips.”

The night’s first Oscar went to J.K. Simmons, a career character actor widely acclaimed for one of his biggest parts: a drill sergeant of a jazz band instructor in the indie “Whiplash.” Simmons fittingly accepted his supporting acting Oscar with some straightforward advice.

“If I may, call your mom, everybody,” said Simmons. “Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, and thank them, and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.”

Patricia Arquette accepted the supporting actress Oscar for her role as the mother in Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood,” and delivered a rousing speech calling for wage equality and equal rights for women that had Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez among those cheering in the audience.

Nominee for Best Actress Julianne Moore arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, Feb. 22, 2015. Credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Two of the night’s early awards went to Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”: costume design, and makeup and styling. The European caper — released back around last year’s Academy Awards — could be the night’s unlikely leader in trophies, rewarding the hand-made craft of Anderson’s latest confection. Later in the telecast, the film picked up a third prize for best production design.

Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ — based on a Marvel comic about a team of superheroes — won best animated feature, coming out victorious in a category that sparked controversy because of the omission of what many considered a certain nominee: “The Lego Movie.”

The black-and-white Polish film “Ida” took best foreign language film, marking the first such win for Poland despite a rich cinema history. Director Pawel Pawlikowski charmed the audience with a bemused acceptance speech that ran drastically over his allotted time.

Pawlikowski remarked on having made a quiet film of contemplation about withdrawing from the world, “and here we are at the epicenter of noise and attention. It’s fantastic. Life is full of surprises.”

Harris, a frequent Tony Awards host, struck a chipper tone, while slyly mocking the Oscars. The $160,000 gift bags for attendees, he said, came with “an armored car ride to safety when the revolution comes.” The performance by Tegan and Sara and Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island of the Oscar-nominated song “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” let some live out their Oscar dreams, handing out golden Lego statuettes to Oprah Winfrey and Steve Carell.

Heading into the telecast, the Academy Awards were buzzing with something it hasn’t always had in recent years: genuine intrigue at who the night’s biggest winners will be.

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Three of the night’s top honors — best picture, best director and best actor — are tight races proving hard to predict for even the most seasoned experts.

With a co-leading nine nominations, Alejandro Inarritu’s backstage comedy “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” has the strongest wind at its back. It topped the acting, directing and producing guild awards, which are often strong predictors of what the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will vote for. The film also won best feature at Saturday’s Independent Film Spirit Awards, further boosting its momentum.

But the coronation of “Birdman” is far from assured. Many believe the landmark of “Boyhood” will ultimately prove irresistible to academy members. Best director also appears to be a toss-up between Inarritu and Linklater.

Three of the acting winners — Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Arquette (“Boyhood”) — were virtual locks heading into Sunday’s show, but best actor will be a nail biter. It could be the young British star Eddie Redmayne for his technically nuanced performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” or it could be Michael Keaton’s career-topper in “Birdman,” as an actor trying to flee his superhero past.

But whether suspense will be enough to pull viewers to the telecast on ABC remains to be seen. Harris will hope to continue the recent ratings upswing for the Oscars, which last year drew 43 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment telecast in a decade.

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This year’s crop of nominees, however, is notably light on box-office smashes. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” (six nominations including best picture) is the only best-picture candidate to gross more than $100 million domestically. (A runaway hit, it recently surpassed $300 million.)

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Increasingly, ratings are driven by moments that spark social media frenzy, like when John Travolta famously mispronounced the name of singer Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem” at last year’s show. Sunday night, he gets a chance for redemption.

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Oscars 2015: The Biggest Snubs…Surprises And….

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What would the Oscars be without a few curveballs?

This year’s Academy Award nominations were full of many notable snubs and surprises, from critical favorite Selma getting largely ignored for major awards to surprise additions to the acting categories. Keep reading for a breakdown of the biggest shocks from this morning’s announcement.

Snub: Jennifer Aniston for Best Actress

Aniston was considered a surprise threat for the Best Actress category during the earlier part of award season, seeing as how Cake was getting drowned out by other films. However, when she scored a Globe nomination, it looked like Aniston had this one in the bag.

Before the nominations, Aniston told reporters at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere Wednesday that she wasn’t expecting one. “I have no expectations on anything,” she said when asked about getting a nod. “I don’t want to have any, and I will be thrilled, and of course over the moon if something like that happens, but I am so content with everything that has happened thus far.”

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Surprise: Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress

Dern recovered from her Golden Globe supporting actress snub by scoring an Oscar nomination for her masterful turn in Wild. Her nomination earned large cheers from those in attendance at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences headquarters in Beverly Hills, CA, while the nominations were being announced.

Even Mark Ruffalo was excited:

Snub: David Oyelowo for Best Actor

Selma was considered an award season frontrunner, with Oyelowo’s performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. a perceived lock for best actor. Sadly, Selma only walked away from this morning with two nominations.

Surprise: Bradley Cooper for Best Actor

After getting ignored at the Globes, Cooper managed to score best actor nomination for American Sniper in a particularly tough race. This marks Cooper’s third Oscar nomination in a row.

Snub: Ava DuVernay for Best Director

The Selma director was on the short list for the best director races this year, but she was passed over for a nod at the Oscars. Had she been nominated, she would have been the first black woman to score an Oscar nod for Best Director. Luckily, Selma did score a Best Picture nomination, which was greeted with applause by the nomination audience after several key snubs.

Surprise: Marion Cotillard for Best Actress

Despite not getting a lot of attention this year, Oscar winner Cotillard notched a surprise nomination for Best Actress for Two Days, One Night. The nod was so unexpected that it drew audible gasps during the nomination announcement.

Snub: Jake Gyllenhaal for Best Actor

Award fever for Nightcrawler had cooled considerably once the Oscar nominations were revealed, but many expected to see Gyllenhaal score a nomination thanks to his haunting performance, especially after he scored a Golden Globe nomination.

Snub: Clint Eastwood for Best Director

Considering that American Sniper scored several major nods, it was surprising to see Eastwood left off the list for directors. This marks the first time that one of Eastwood’s directorial efforts has been nominated for Best Picture but not also for Best Director.

Snub: Amy Adams for Best Actress

Big Eyes wasn’t exactly an award season favorite, but considering that Adams had just scored the Golden Globe for best actress in motion picture, comedy or musical, her nomination should have been on lock.


Snub: The Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature Film

It was one of 2014′s biggest commercial hits, got rave reviews and scored a Golden Globe nomination, but The Lego Movie was shut out for Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars. At least it scored a nomination for Best Original Song for “Everything Is Awesome”?

For the record, Phil Lord, the co-writer and director of The Lego Movie, was taking the snub in stride.






















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Cate Blanchett Thanks Woody Allen During Best Actress Acceptance Speech

Published by EOTM News Editor on March 3rd, 2014 - in Academy Awards, Celebrity News, Entertainment News

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Cate Blanchett is still on Team Woody. The actress, as expected, won the Best Actress Oscar Sunday for her biting work in Blue Jasmine. She won the bulk of previous acting honors for the role, but the open letter by Dylan Farrow accusing her father,…



‘Dallas Buyers Club’, ‘Gravity’ win multiple Oscars

Ellen Degeneres hosts the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014.

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Hollywood’s finest hit the Oscars red carpet Sunday as the sun emerged just in time for the 86th Academy Awards, the most fiercely contested show in decades with no clear frontrunner for the top prize. Storm clouds which had threatened to rain on the…



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U2 To Perform “Ordinary Love” At The Oscars

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The Academy announced today that the legendary Rock band U2 would perform at the 2014 Oscars.

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Via the Academy:

 World-renowned rock band U2 will perform their Oscar®-nominated song, “Ordinary Love” for a global audience at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. U2’s exclusive Oscar show performance will be the first time the band will perform the song live. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

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“Ordinary Love” was written by the group for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and is nominated for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”

U2 has sold more than 150 million records worldwide since its formation in 1976. The group has won 22 Grammy® Awards—more than any other band—and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, its first year of eligibility. The band’s 110-show, 26-month U2360° tour, which ended in July 2011, played to over 7 million fans in 30 countries on 5 continents and was the highest-grossing concert tour of all time. The band is currently in the studio working on a new album.

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.




Pharrell Williams to perform at the Oscars

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This just in — off the Academy Awards wire:

Singer-songwriter-producer Pharrell Williams will perform his Oscar nominated song “Happy” at the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

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“Happy,” which Williams wrote and produced for “Despicable Me 2,” is nominated for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”

Pharrell Williams has won seven Grammy Awards®, two (in 2004 and 2014) for Producer of the Year. Named Billboard’s Producer of the Decade in 2010, his productions have sold over 100 million copies. Williams collaborated on two of 2013’s most ubiquitous anthems: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” which he co-wrote and produced and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which he co-wrote and also sang.  As a solo producer and as part of the prolific producing team The Neptunes, Williams has played a key role in creating a string of hits over more than two decades, including Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me),” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl,” Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like it’s Hot,” Britney Spears’ “I’m A Slave 4 U” and Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You.”

The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

Congrats — way to go Pharrell — you are truly doing your thing.

‘American Hustle,’ and ‘Gravity’ Dominate 2014 Oscar Nominations

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Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominees for the 86th Oscars early this morning and “American Hustle” and “Gravity” as predicted …stole the show.

The con-artist comedy and 3-D space odyssey led the nods with 10 each. Nine films were nominated for best picture including “12 Years a Slave,” ”Captain Phillips,” ”Dallas Buyers Club,” ”Her,” ”Nebraska,” ”The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Philomena.”

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The Academy Awards will broadcast on March 2, with Ellen DeGeneres hosting for the second time. Take a look at the complete 2014 Oscar nominations below. Be sure to visit for all your 2014 Academy updates.

Best Picture:

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”





“12 Years a Slave”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Supporting Actor:

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”

Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”

Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”

Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”

June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Best Director:

David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor:

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”

Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”

Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

Best Actress:

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Judi Dench, “Philomena”

Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best Original Screenplay:

“American Hustle”

“Blue Jasmine”

“Dallas Buyers Club”



Best Adapted Screenplay:

“Before Midnight”

“Captain Phillips”


“12 Years a Slave”

“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Best Animated Feature:

“The Croods”

“Despicable Me 2″

“Ernest & Celestine”


“The Wind Rises”

Best Foreign Feature:

“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium

“The Great Beauty,” Italy

“The Hunt,” Denmark

“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia

“Omar,” Palestine

Best Visual Effects:


“The Hobbit: The Desolation”

“Iron Man 3″

“The Lone Ranger”

“Star Trek Into Darkness”

Best Cinematography:

“The Grandmaster”


“Inside Llewyn Davis”



Best Costume Design:

“American Hustle”

“The Grandmaster”

“The Great Gatsby”

“The Invisible Woman”

“12 Years a Slave”

Best Documentary Feature:

“The Act of Killing”

“Cutie and the Boxer”

“Dirty Wars”

“The Square”

“20 Feet from Stardom”

Best Documentary Short:


“Facing Fear”

“Karama Has No Walls”

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”

“Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

Best Film Editing:

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”


“12 Years a Slave”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Dallas Buyers Club”

“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”

“The Lone Ranger”

Best Music (Original Score):

“The Book Thief”




“Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Music (Original Song):

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”

“Happy” from “Despicable Me”

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”

“The Moon Song” from “Her”

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Best Production Design:

“American Hustle”


“The Great Gatsby”


“12 Years a Slave”

Best Short Film, Animated:


“Get a Horse!”

“Mr. Hublot”


“Room on the Broom”

Best Short Film, Live Action:

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”

“Avant Que De Tout Perdre” (Just Before Losing Everything)


” Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?” (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)

“The Voorman Problem”

Best Sound Editing:

“All Is Lost”

“Captain Phillips”


“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

“The Lone Survivor”

Best Sound Mixing:

“Captain Phillips”


“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

“Inside Llewyn Davis”

“Lone Survivor”



86th Oscars® Nominations Announced!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards® today (January 16).

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Hemsworth and Boone Isaacs announced the nominees at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives.  For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Academy Awards website,

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc.  In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees.  All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members on Saturday, January 25, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.  Screenings also will be held at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all categories.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Best Picture Nominees