Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscars Winners A Minority Gets the Top Awards

By Jose Alberto Hermosillo,

The biggest award in the film industry was entreating and finished on time and big time. Many of the expected won with only a few surprises, the greatest of all was for Birdman as the best picture winner.

History was made. Again!  A Mexican director won for the second year on the row. Last year Alfonso Cuarón got the gold for Gravity, last night Alejandro G. Iñarrítu won best director for Birdman, bring him a total of three personal Oscar statuettes, including best original screenplay and best picture producer.

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki won, becoming the first Mexican winning two consecutive years.
Birdman Mural @ Arclight Hollywood. Photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo.

Best Picture:

Photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo.
Achievement in directing
Performance by an actor in a leading role
  • Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
  • J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
  • Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Best animated feature film of the year
  • “Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
Achievemenot in cinematography
Achievement in costume design
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
Best documentary feature
  • “CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Best documentary short subject
  • “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Achievement in film editing
  • “Whiplash” Tom Cross
Best foreign language film of the year
  • “Ida” Poland
The Grand Budapest Hotel display at the Academy. Photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  •  “Glory” from “Selma”
    Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
Achievement in production design
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration:
Best animated short film
  •  “Feast” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Best live action short film
  •  “The Phone Call” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Achievement in sound editing
  • “American Sniper” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Achievement in sound mixing
  • “Whiplash” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
Achievement in visual effects
  • “Interstellar” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
Screenwriter Graham Moore. Photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo.   
Adapted screenplay
  • “The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore    

Original screenplay