Oscars 2015 – Recap

Yesterday, everyone was excitedly hanging in front of their TV screens to watch the Academy Awards show. Unfortunately, for me, the award show wasn’t as exciting as I hoped. I was waiting for Neil Patrick Harris to rock the awards show with his amazing humour, but I was utterly bored. I couldn’t even watch the award show until the end, I have to admit (In Germany, it was 2.30 am when the show began, and I only watched it for 2 hours, then got tired and bored).

I wasn’t even disappointed by the hosting, but also by the overall performances of the live acts. Especially when it came to the song “Everything is awesome” I thought I’d get ear cancer. Firstly that, and secondly, that flashy performance didn’t fit into the serious image of the Academy Awards. It was horrible. Maybe the worst Oscar show I have seen this far.

Well, apart of this, I was a bit disappointed by some winners, although I was happy that my two favourite movies, Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman got the most awards. Stil, I actually voted a bit differently. Here is the comparison:

Best Picture

Winner: Birdman

My Pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

My Pick: Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

My Pick: Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

My Pick: Edward Norton (Birdman)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

My Pick: Emma Stone (Birdman)

Animated Feature Film

Winner: Big Hero 6

My Pick: Song of the Sea

Cinematography

Winner: Birdman

My Pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Costume Design

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

My Pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Directing

Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman)

My Pick: Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Documentary Feature

Winner: Citizen Four

My Pick: The Salt of the Earth

Documentary Short Subject

Winner: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

My Pick: Joanna

Film Editing

Winner: Whiplash

My Pick: American Sniper

Foreign Language Film

Winner: Ida

My Pick: Wild Tales

Make-Up And Hairstyling

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

My Pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Music Original Score

Winner: Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

My Pick: Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)

Music Original Song

Winner: Glory (Selma)

My Pick: Glory (Selma)

Production Design

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

My Pick: The Imitation Game

Short Film Animated

Winner: Feast

My Pick: Me and My Moulton

Short Film Live Action

Winner: Phone Call

My Pick: Butter Lamp

Sound Editing

Winner: American Sniper

My Pick: Interstellar

Sound Mixing

Winner: Whiplash

My Pick: Interstellar

Visual Effects

Winner: Interstellar

My Pick: Interstellar

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

Winner: The Imitation Game

My Pick: Inherent Vice

Writing – Original Screenplay

Winner: Birdman

My Pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

I was hugely disappointed by the winners of the Animated Movie category. I really hoped for Song of the Sea, since it looks like a cute movie (I haven’t seen all of the movies here), and also The Tale of the Princess Kaguya belonged to my favourites, since it is from Ghibli, and I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli movies. It was a bit boring to see Big Hero winning.

Another huge disappointment was that Rosamund Pike didn’t win for Best Actress. I really appreciate Julianne Moore, and although I haven’t seen Still Alice, I can’t imagine that she was better in that role than Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl. Anyway, I was hugely disappointed that Gone Girl was only nominated once. That movie was unbelievable.

Another disappointment was that Edward Norton didn’t get the award for Actor in Supporting Role. He was hilarious in Birdman, although I think that J.K. Simmons was amazing as well. I really want to watch Whiplash, but I have no clue when it will be aired in german cinemas.

So, all in all, I didn’t guess very good this year, compared to last year. I only guessed 4 categories right (Visual Effects, Original Song, Make-Up and Hairstyling, Costume Design).

Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel won 4 Oscars each, Whiplash won 3 Oscars, the rest won 1 Oscar. I thought that Grand Budapest Hotel would win 6 Oscars, Interstellar 4 and Birdman 3. I haven’t been too wrong, but I have mostly thought that the movies would all win in different categories, than they actually did.

I hope that the Oscars 2016 will be better next year, especially with a better host. Ellen DeGeneres was amazing last year, and I think I would be happy as hell if someone like Jimmy Fallon would host the next year’s Awards.

What about you guys? Have you watched the Oscars last night? How did you like Neil Patrick Harris? What were your picks?

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