2015 Academy Award Winners

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It's been another great year for movies, and we've got all the nominees and winners right here:

Best Picture

Winner: Birdman — Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

  • American Sniper —Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan
  • Boyhood —  Richard and Cathleen Sutherland
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel — Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • The Imitation Game — Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman
  • Selma — Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
  • The Theory of Everything — Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten
  • Whiplash — Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster


Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu — Birdman

  • Richard Linklater — Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller — Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson — The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Morten Tyldum — The Imitation Game


Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki — Birdman

  • Robert Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski — Ida
  • Dick Pope — Mr Turner
  • Roger Deakins — Unbroken

Original Screenplay

Winner: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo — Birdman

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  • Richard Linklater — Boyhood
  • E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman — Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness — The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Dan Gilroy — Nightcrawler

Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Graham Moore — The Imitation Game

  • Jason Hall — American Sniper
  • Paul Thomas Anderson — Inherent Vice
  • Anthony McCarten — The Theory of Everything
  • Damien Chazelle — Whiplash

Film Editing

Winner: Whiplash — Tom Cross

  • American Sniper — Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
  • Boyhood — Sandra Adair
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel — Barney Pilling
  • The Imitation Game — William Goldenberg

Feature Documentary

Winner: Citizenfour — Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky

  • Finding Vivian Maier — John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
  • Last Days in Vietnam — Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
  • The Salt of the Earth — Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
  • Virunga — Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Short Documentary

Winner: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 — Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

  • Joanna — Aneta Kopacz
  • Our Curse Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki
  • The Reaper (La Parka) — Gabriel Serra Arguello
  • White Earth — J. Christian Jensen

Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Eddie Redmayne — The Theory of Everything

  • Steve Carell — Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper — American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch — The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton — Birdman

Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Julianne Moore — Still Alice

  • Marion Cotillard — Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones — The Theory of Everything
  • Rosamund Pike — Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon — Wild

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: J.K. Simmons - Whiplash

JK Simmons Whiplash

  • Robert Duval — The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
  • Edward Norton - Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner: Patricia Arquette — Boyhood

  • Laura Dern — Wild
  • Keira Knightley — The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone — Birdman
  • Meryl Streep — Into the Woods

Foreign Language Film

Winner: Ida — Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

  • Leviathan — Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Tangerines — Estonia; Directed by Zaza Urushadze
  • Timbuktu — Mauritania; Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Wild Tales —Argentina; Directed by Damián Szifron

Animated Feature Film

Winner: Big Hero 6 —Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

  • The Boxtrolls — Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 — Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
  • Song of the Sea — Tomm Moore and Paul Young
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya — Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Animated Short Film

Winner: Feast — Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

  • The Bigger Picture —Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
  • The Dam Keeper — Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
  • Me and My Moulton — Torill Kove
  • A Single Life — Joris Oprins

Live Action Short Film

Winner: The Phone Call — Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

  • Aya — Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
  • Boogaloo and Graham — Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
  • Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) — Hu Wei and Julien Féret
  • Parvaneh — Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger

Visual Effects

Winner: Interstellar — Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott Fisher

Interstellar poster

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier — Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
  • Guardians of the Galaxy — Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past — Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

Original Score

Winner: Alexandre Desplat — The Grand Budapest Hotel

  • Alexandre Desplat — The Imitation Game
  • Hans Zimmer — Interstellar
  • Gary Yershon — Mr. Turner
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson — Theory of Everything

Original Song

Winner: "Glory" Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn —Selma

  • "Everything is Awesome" Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson — The Lego Movie
  • "Grateful" Music and Lyric by Diane Warren — Beyond the Lights
  • "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond — Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me
  • "Lost Stars" Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois — Begin Again

Sound Editing

Winner: American Sniper — Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

  • Birdman — Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
  • Interstellar — Richard King
  • Unbroken — Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Sound Mixing

Winner: Whiplash — Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley

  • American Sniper — John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
  • Birdman — Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
  • Interstellar — Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
  • Unbroken — Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee

Production Design

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel — Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

  • The Imitation Game — Maria Djurkovic (Production Design); Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration)
  • Interstellar — Nathan Crowley (Production Design); Gary Fettis (Set Decoration)
  • Into the Woods — Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
  • Mr. Turner — Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration)

Costume Design

Winner: Milena Canonero — The Grand Budapest Hotel

  • Mark Bridges — Inherent Vice
  • Colleen Atwood — Into the Woods
  • Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive — Maleficent
  • Jacqueline Durran — Mr. Turner

Makeup & Hairstyling

Winner: Frances Hannon & Mark Coulier — The Grand Budapest Hotel

  • Bill Corso & Dennis Liddiard — Foxcatcher
  • Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou & David White — Guardians of the Galaxy


What did you think about the winners? Which films and performances were your favorites?     

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Your Comment


The boy got robbed by the bird.

February 22, 2015 at 9:59PM

Christopher Evans
Video Artist

as soon as i saw Birdman i knew it would win best picture

February 22, 2015 at 10:01PM

Luke Coutts
Director, Photographer, Cinematographer, Actor,

Same here, Birdman won every award I thought it would. Though I loved Keaton, I didn't think he would win... interesting enough I thought Cooper was going to win it, deservedly so, as an actor his performance outshone the film vastly. Theory of Everything was meh, and I thought his acting was equally meh, the only thing interesting to me about that film was the Color... mostly I am glad that Birdman got the recognition it deserved, because it blew me away!

February 22, 2015 at 10:20PM

You voted '-1'.

Definitely felt the same while I was watching Birdman. By the time it ended, I was very sure it will win. So happy for the movie, as well as for Inarritu for his Best Director nod and Lubezki for Best Cinematography nod. And of course, Best Original Screenplay as well.

As good as Michael Keaton was, I wasn't surprised that Redmayne would have won since that role was incredibly challenging from both the physical and mental aspects. A very demanding role and Oscar worthy indeed.

Now I just gotta go watch Whiplash and Imitation Game =D

February 23, 2015 at 12:34AM

Joe Gunawan
DP/Camera Op/1st&2ndAC/Commercial Photographer

So glad to see that the Academy gave the award for Best Animated Feature to a 90 minute toy commercial. Never ceases to amaze me how clueless, ignorant, and apathetic the Academy is regarding the Animation category.

February 23, 2015 at 6:52AM


Which animation should have won in your opinion?

February 24, 2015 at 7:43AM

William Stewart
Director of Photography

Princess Kaguya should have won the award. I have a general preference towards Ghibli films and traditionally animated films, as well as more movies with a more serious tone, but i recognize that The Lego Movie was an incredible movie and easily stands to par with Princess Kaguya and should have been nominated. The other films were pretty run of the mill, Big Hero 6 being the most mundane, which is why it earns my skepticism as to why it won in the first place. HTTYD2 and The Boxtrolls earn my respect for being more, but end up doing nothing special. I did not personally watch The Song of The Sea. Keep in mind though I'm not this professional who has an extensive knowledge on the subject of how to construct a story, I have a much better technical knowledge of animation than anything else, so my opinion is subjective and is made purely out of the feelings of when i watched the movies. Regardless, this doesn't mean the Academy didn't mess up. The only reason Big Hero 6 won was because the Academy voters had little if any knowledge of animation, many of which either abstained or picked which film appealed most to their children, which is am absolutely terrible method of judgement of a movie. Read this article to get a better feel for the problem at hand, and click the links of the voter profiles in case you think the article is in anyway biased, i can assure you the voters are absolutely clueless about animation and it is embarassing:http://www.cartoonbrew.com/award-season-focus/proof-that-oscar-voters-ar...

February 25, 2015 at 7:55AM


Great post.. Birdman was insane. For sure the best cinemtography and editing! Great work!

February 23, 2015 at 10:50AM

Kyle Lamar
Director Producer DP

Boy was heavily bitch-slapped by a balls-smelling Birdman in the hood.

February 24, 2015 at 10:15PM

Terma Louis
Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor