Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscar in the Rear View-Birdman Wins Best Picture

Good Monday everyone,


The 87th Academy Awards closed the awards season last night with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's  "Birdman" (TFF 41) winning the big prize for Best Picture.  "Birdman" also won for Direction, Original Screenplay and Cinematography.

Those were four of the seven won by Telluride programmed films.  The others were single trophies for "Feast"-Best Animated Short, "The Imitation Game"-Best Adapted Screenplay and "Ida" (TFF #40)-Best Foreign Language Film.

For the fifth consecutive year and the sixth time out of the last seven years, the Best Picture winner ran through Telluride:

2008-Slumdog Millionaire
2010- The King's Speech
2011- The Artist
2012- Argo
2013-12 Years a Slave
2014- Birdman

Other winners from Sunday night were:

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"- Best Production Design, Best Costumes. Best Makeup/Hair, Best Original Score for a total of four wins to tie "Birdman" for the largest number of wins.

"Whiplash" picked up three awards: Best Supporting Actor-J.K. Simmons,  Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

No other film had more than one win including the film that was thought to be the co-frontrunner with "Birdman", "Boyhood".  "Boyhood" won only Patricia Arquette's Best Supporting Actress trophy.

Other winners:

Best Actor; Eddie Redmayne/"The Theory of Everything"
Best Actress: Julianne Moore/"Still Alice"
Best Doc: "Citizenfour"
Best Adapted Screenplay: "The Imitation Game"
Best Sound Editing: "American Sniper"
Best Visual Effects: "Interstellar"
Best Song: "Glory" from "Selma"
Best Animated Feature: "Big Hero 6"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Ida"
Best Animated Short: "Feast"
Best Short Doc: "Crisis Hotline"
Best Live Action Short: "The Phone Call"

Ina very weird turn, each of the eight Best Picture nominees won at least one Oscar.

The FAC went 20/24 on the night for 83% success on predictions.  The FAC missed Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Score and Animated Feature.

That's it for Oscar coverage for this year.  The Blog returns to its full time obsession with the Telluride Film Festival and the possible players for TFF #42.

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