Sunday night’s Academy Awards was pretty forgettable. The reason has nothing to do with the speeches or anything, but the master of ceremonies himself Neil Patrick Harris. He may have done a great job hosting The Tonys a few years ago, but he has no idea how to host a show honoring the year in cinema. The opening musical number entitled “Moving Picture” was nothing special and his spoofing of that one scene in Birdman (the underwear scene) was funnier in the film. I was sort of surprised that Boyhood only garnered one win and that was for Best Supporting Actress, which went to Patricia Arquette. Eddie Redmayne won over Michael Keaton for Best Actor and as time went on, it was expected. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice, but she has been in better films. I knew that The Grand Budapest Hotel was going to take home a lot of technical awards (Art-Direction, Costume Design etc). I would have loved to have seen Mr. Turner take home the award for Cinematography, but it went to Emmanuel Lubeszki once again. I was happy to see Ida win for Best Foreign Language Film. Amazingly, American Sniper and The Imitation Game only took home one award (Best Sound Editing for the former and Best Adapted Screenplay for the latter). Last, but not least the two best things about Sunday’s ceremony was the “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie performed on stage and Lady Gaga’s on-target singing of Sound of Music songs in commemorating the film’s 50th anniversary. One more thing, I wish “Everything is Awesome” won Best song instead of the one from Selma. No offense to that song, it is just the one from The Lego Movie is just so awesome (pun intended). Other than that, the Academy Awards this year was nothing memorable and Neil Patrick Harris is no Billy Crystal or Ellen Degeneres. Here is my recap below. Out of my predictions: 23/24 correct predictions.
7:30 p.m – 7:52 p.m: So far, Neil Patrick Harris is nothing special. I have nothing against him, but he pales in comparison to Billy Crystal and Ellen Degeneres from last year. I was glad to see J.K. Simmons win for Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash. I loved his line about calling your parents. 1/24 correct predictions.
7:56 p.m – 8:05 p.m: Best Costume Design goes to The Grand Budapest Hotel which is my second correct prediction of the night. 2/24 correct predictions. This is fantastic, Best Makeup goes to The Grand Budapest Hotel again and as with the costume designer, the speeches of the makeup artists are very lovely. Team Oscar also makes an appearance. 3/24 correct predictions.
8:08 p.m. – 8:20p.m: Hooray Ida wins Best Foreign Language Film. It was totally deserving of the award. The speech the producer gives a beautiful and witty speech. 4/24 correct predictions. I loved the “Everything Is Awesome” song from The Lego Movie that was just performed. The whole choreography was just brilliant. So far, the best thing about the whole program has been this whole performance.
8:24 p.m – 8:38 p.m: The Phone Call wins Best Live-Action Short. 5/24 correct predictions. One thing though, did one of the winners just thank actress Sally Hawkins. Crisis Hotline wins Best Documentary Short. 6/24 correct predictions. Footage was shown from this year’s Honorary Luncheon or lack thereof that awarded lifetime achievement awards to actress Maureen O’Hara, Anime director Hayao Miyazaki and singer Harry Belafonte.
8:41 p.m – 8:56 p.m: Footage from this year’s Scientific Awards or lack thereof is shown. Best Sound Mixing goes to Whiplash. 7/24 correct predictions. Best Sound Editing goes to American Sniper. 8/24 correct predictions. Best Supporting Actress goes to Patricia Arquette for Boyhood. She was highly deserving of the award and much more. 9/24 correct predictions.
8:59 p.m – 9:13 p.m: Best Visual Effects goes to Interstellar. 10/24 correct predictions. Best Animated Short goes to Feast. 11/24 correct predictions. As with the best speeches of tonight I mentioned, this one was great too. Best Animated Film goes to Big Hero 6. 12/24 correct predictions. Again, great speech.
9:17 p.m – 9:25 p.m: The President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science was up on stage talking about storytelling involving this year’s nominees for Best Picture. Her speech did not hit a false note. I love it. The Grand Budapest Hotel wins Best Production Design. 13/24 correct predictions. Very nice speech too. Best Cinematography goes to Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman. 14/24 correct predictions. Another fantastic speech.
9:30 p.m – 9:38 p.m: Following a memorial of everyone who died in 2014, Jennifer Hudson performs a song of remembrance. Pretty nice.
9:42 p.m – 9:53 p.m: Best Film Editing goes to Whiplash. 15/24 correct predictions. Inspirational speech too. Best Documentary goes to Citizenfour. 16/24 correct predictions.
9:57 p.m – 10:08 p.m: Best Original Song goes to the song from Selma. 17/24 correct predictions.
10:12 p.m – 10:25 p.m: Lady Gaga pays homage to The Sound of Music (50th anniversary) by some the film’s popular songs. She does a pretty good job capturing Julie Andrews voice. Speaking of which, Julie Andrews comes on stage and it was great to see her talk on stage again. Best Original Score goes to The Grand Budapest Hotel. 18/24 correct predictions. Alexandre Desplat’s speech is pitch perfect.
10:29 p.m – 10:37 p.m: Best Original Screenplay goes to Birdman. 19/24 correct predictions. Nice speeches by all. Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Graham Moore for The Imitation Game. My first incorrect prediction of the night: 1/24 incorrect predictions. Inspiration speech though.
10:40 p.m – 10:45 p.m: Best Director goes to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman. 21/24 correct predictions.
10:47 p.m – 11:08 p.m: Best Actor goes to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. 22/24 correct predictions. Inspirational and witty speech. Best Actress goes to Julianne Moore for Still Alice. 23/24 correct predictions. Best Picture goes to Birdman. 24/24 correct prediction. As with Julianne Moore, Inarritu gave a pretty good speech.