You’d have thought that Hollywood had arranged the Oscar night weather with the Brits in mind. It bucketed down on the red carpet, although some actresses had been savvy enough to choose dresses that kept them dry and Supporting Actor J K Simmons rocked up in a snazzy trilby. Once inside for the ceremony, though, it wasn’t the best of nights for the Brits. With one exception.
The night belonged to Birdman. After having its wings severely clipped at the BAFTAs just a couple of weeks ago, all its campaigning paid off in the form of four trophies – for Cinematography and Original Screenplay as well as Best Director and the top prize of Best Picture. Essentially, it turned the tables on its main rival, Boyhood, which this time only went home with one little gold man: that was for Best Supporting Actress, and went to Patricia Arquette.
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel also took four statuettes, mainly in the craft categories – Hair/MakeUp, Costume Design and Production Design – but it also won the Original Soundtrack award, which went to composer Alexandre Desplat.
British acting was in the spotlight with the Best Actor trophy going to an overwhelmed Eddie Redmayne, for his performance in The Theory Of Everything. The Imitation Game took just one award, as the unexpected winner of the Adapted Screenplay category, and British short The Phone Call was named Best Live Action Short.
The other acting categories went according to plan, with Julianne Moore winning Best Actress for Still Alice and that “overnight sensation at 60”, J K Simmons, completing a clean sweep of Best Supporting Actor awards.
Elsewhere, Disney made it a double whammy in the animation categories. Big Hero 6 was the surprise winner of Best Animated Feature and its companion piece, Feast, won Best Animated Short. Documentary Feature went to CitizenFour, about whistleblower Edward Snowden, while Foreign Language Film was given to Ida, the first time a Polish film has won an Oscar. And Selma took the Original Song trophy for ‘Glory’.
There were, inevitably, some losers. Foxcatcher went home empty handed, American Sniper picked up just one award – for Sound Editing – and for the twelfth time British cinematographer Roger Deakins didn’t get his hands on a trophy. Given his luck so far, he’ll probably win it at his thirteenth attempt.
As for my predictions, well I went one better than the BAFTAs. I correctly predicted the winners of the top six awards. Not that they give out Oscars for that …..
The full list of winners can be found here.