What a night! The drum beats and jazz tunes still ring fresh in our minds. Birdman raked up Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Whiplash secured Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound Editing and Best Film Editing.
The Grand Budapest Hotel got Best Costume Design, Best Make-up, Best Original Score and Best Production Design.
Boyhood was robbed. Big time. Yeah that dampened the whole mood didn’t it? Patricia Arquette secured the only win for Boyhood in Best Supporting Actress. For Boyhood fans like me, perhaps we can admit that other than Best Director and Best Picture, Boyhood wasn’t likely to win for Original screenplay nor Film editing. Best Director was a battle well fought that could have gone either way. I won’t deny that Inarritu’s directing was phenomenal.
But the Academy screwed up for the most important prize of the night. Birdman was a decent movie about the inner ego and the need for validation and relevance. It tried to be deep, but was perhaps, not as genuinely deep as it presented itself. Boyhood was better. It’s study on life and on bildungsroman (coming of age story) is presented through very organic and natural relationships and dialogue. It doesn’t try to be profound but it’s effortlessly philosophical and insightful. I’m sure it’s a huge disppointment for the Boyhood cast and crew.
Anyways, I’m happy that Whiplash got the recognition it deserved with 3 awards. Well deserved.
J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette won for their supporting roles, it would be absurd if someone else had won!
I’m glad Eddie Redmayne won for his Hawking role, it’s just slightly too good for Keaton’s Riggan.
Best Director was a close one. Richard Linklater’s work in Boyhood is truly defining because it’s almost impossible to recreate something like it. However, Alejandro Inarritu deserved it too so I’m not too upset.
And Rosamund Pike was the bomb! Aww I feel bad that she didn’t win Best Actress, I was rooting for her the whole time! But it’s ok, she’s the best dressed tonight.
What are your thoughts? Are you happy with the winners? Let me know!
P.S. For the poster image, I overlayed Boyhood’s, Whiplash’s, Birdman’s poster image and one of Gone Girl’s stills with some light setting changes. Used BeFunky, check it out 🙂