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Last night was the Academy Awards. Some movies struck Oscar gold. Some walked away with nothing. And the festivities were led by Neil Patrick Harris. So how was the show last night, and who won. Let's get to it.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Picture
Birdman

Best Lead Actor
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Lead Actress
Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Best Animated Film
Big Hero 6

Best Original Screenplay
Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Imitation Game

Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Song
"Glory", Selma

Best Cinematography
Birdman

Best Visual Effects
Interstellar

Best Makeup
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Film Editing
Whiplash

Best Sound Mixing
Whiplash

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Foreign Film
Ida

Best Animated Short Film
Feast

Best Live Action Short Film
The Phone Call

Best Documentary Feature
Citizenfour

Best Documentary Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 


For your entertainment, you can look at my list of predictions that I was mostly wrong on. I made a bet with Rob and Iost. You can see them here:


While I may have guessed some (okay, a lot) wrong, I'm okay with what won. There is only a few winners that I was opposed to. Dawn of the Planet of Apes deserved to win over Interstellar. The film looked beautiful, but Apes was on a different level. Not only was it a major advancement in motion capture technology, but it also produced some of the most realistic CGI I have ever seen in a film. Also, Boyhood should have won for editing over Whiplash. Boyhood took a bunch of scenes filmed over the course of several years and was editing into a narrative, cohesive film. It deserved to win. Also, The Grand Budapest Hotel won for Best Makeup over Guardians of the Galaxy. Okay, two of Guardians' main characters were in full-body makeup, as well as dozens of aliens of races were created through make up and prosthetics rather than CGI. It should have won for makeup with Academy politics getting in the way.

Yes, that is Neil Patrick Harris in tightie-whities, spoofing Birdman

So overall, I'm fine with the winners other than what I stated above. Birdman was a fantastic movie and it well-deserves all the praise and love it's getting. While I chose Michael Keaton to win Best Actor, it was a 50/50 chance between him and Eddie Redmayne to win, so I am entirely fine with it. Actually, after I chose Keaton I regretted it and wanted to put down Redmayne. So I am happy for him. And I'm surprised that Boyhood didn't win more awards, other than for Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress. 

So there you are. Those are your 2015 Academy Award winners. If you want to read our reviews for some of the Best Picture nominees and the winner, you can see them here

What do you think? Did you watch the Academy Awards? Did you like Neil Patrick Harris as a host? Were you happy for the winners? What should have won? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
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