87th Academy Awards
File:87th Oscars.jpg
Official poster
DateFebruary 22, 2015
SiteDolby Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byNeil Patrick Harris
Preshow hostsJess Cagle
Robin Roberts
Lara Spencer
Michael Strahan
Joe Zee[1]
Produced byNeil Meron
Craig Zadan[2]
Directed byHamish Hamilton[3]
Highlights
Best PictureBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Most awardsBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (4)
Most nominationsBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (9)
TV in the United States
NetworkABC
Duration3 hours, 43 minutes[4]
Ratings36.6 million
10.8% (Nielsen ratings)[5][6]

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2014 and took place on February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 08:30 EST.[7] During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan and directed by Hamish Hamilton. Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the ceremony for the first time.[8]

In related events, the Academy held its 6th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 8, 2014.[9] On February 7, 2015, in a ceremony at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by hosts Margot Robbie and Miles Teller.[10]

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel won the most awards,[11] tieing with four each.[12] Birdman's awards included the Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Alejandro González Iñárritu, while The Grand Budapest Hotel's awards included Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat.[13] Whiplash, the only other film to win multiple awards, won three including the Best Supporting Actor for J. K. Simmons.[14] Other winners included The Theory of Everything, Still Alice, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Big Hero 6, Ida, Citizenfour, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, The Phone Call, Feast, Selma, American Sniper, and Interstellar. The telecast garnered nearly 36.6 million viewers in the United States, making it the least watched Oscar ceremony since the 80th Academy Awards in 2008 and a third-lowest watched in Oscar broadcast history.[15][16]

Winners and nominees

Actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (left) and directors J. J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón (right) at the 87th Oscars Nominations Announcement

The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced on January 15, 2015, at 5:38 a.m. PST (13:38 UTC), at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy, directors J. J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón, and actor Chris Pine.[17][18] Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel tied for the most nominations with nine each.[19]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on February 22, 2014.[20] All of the films competing for Best Picture received at least one award in another category, making it the first time this has occurred since the Academy expanded the category to more than five nominees in 2009. Alejandro González Iñárritu became the second consecutive Mexican winner for Best Director, with the statue having been awarded the previous year to Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity.[21] Alejanndro was the most awarded individual of the ceremony, winning all of his three nominations. Emmanuel Lubezki became the consecutive recipient of Best Cinematography award after winning for Birdman as he also won for Gravity last year,[22][23] and second Mexican winner of ceremony.[24] Ida became the first Oscar winner for Poland in Best Foreign Language Film category, with an overall ten nominations since 1963.[25] It became the first time, that the films who receives equal nominations were also tied with equal number of winnings.

Awards

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay winner
Eddie Redmayne, Best Actor winner
Julianne Moore, Best Actress winner
J. K. Simmons, Best Supporting Actor winner
Patricia Arquette, Best Supporting Actress winner
Laura Poitras, Best Documentary Feature winner
File:Alexandre Desplat.jpg
Alexandre Desplat, Best Original Score winner

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[20]

Honorary Academy Awards

The Academy held its 6th Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 8, 2014, during which the following awards were presented:[9][26][27]

Academy Honorary Awards

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Films with multiple nominations and awards

Presenters and performers

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.[28]

Presenters

Name(s) Role
Cedering Fox Announcer for the 87th annual Academy Awards
Lupita Nyong'o[29] Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Liam Neeson[30] Presenter of the films The Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper on the Best Picture segment
Dakota Johnson[31] Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "Lost Stars"
Jennifer Lopez[31]
Chris Pine[32]
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Reese Witherspoon[33] Presenter of the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Channing Tatum[30] Introduced the six winners of the Team Oscar contest
Chiwetel Ejiofor[31]
Nicole Kidman[30]
Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Shirley MacLaine[32] Presenter of the films Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) on the Best Picture segment
Marion Cotillard[33] Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "Everything is Awesome"
Jason Bateman[30]
Kerry Washington[34]
Presenters of the awards for Best Live Action Short Film and Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Viola Davis[32] Presenter of the Governors Awards
Gwyneth Paltrow[30] Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller[31]
Presenters of the segment of the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement and the Gordon E. Sawyer Award
Chris Evans[31]
Sienna Miller[34]
Presenters of the awards for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing
Jared Leto[29] Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Josh Hutcherson[35] Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "Grateful"
Ansel Elgort[30]
Chloë Grace Moretz[31]
Presenters of the award for Best Visual Effects
Kevin Hart[32]
Anna Kendrick
Presenters of the award for Best Animated Short Film
Dwayne Johnson[36]
Zoe Saldana[35]
Presenters of the award for Best Animated Feature Film
Cheryl Boone Isaacs (AMPAS president) Acknowledgements
Chris Pratt[34]
Felicity Jones[37]
Presenters of the award for Best Production Design
Jessica Chastain[32]
Idris Elba[30]
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Meryl Streep[33] Presenter of In Memoriam tribute
Benedict Cumberbatch[33]
Naomi Watts[32]
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Terrence Howard[37] Presenter of the films Whiplash, The Imitation Game, and Selma on the Best Picture segment
Jennifer Aniston[34]
David Oyelowo[34]
Presenters of the award for Best Documentary Feature
Octavia Spencer[35] Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "Glory"
Idina Menzel
John Travolta[34]
Presenters of the award for Best Original Song
Scarlett Johansson[35] Introducer of The Sound of Music 50th anniversary tribute and the performance of "The Sound of Music", "My Favorite Things", "Edelweiss" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"
Julie Andrews Presenter of the award for Best Original Score
Eddie Murphy[31] Presenter of the award for Best Original Screenplay
Oprah Winfrey[33] Presenter of the award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Ben Affleck[32] Presenter of the award for Best Directing
Cate Blanchett[29] Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey[29] Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Sean Penn Presenter of the award for Best Picture

Performers

Name(s) Role Performed
Stephen Oremus Musical arranger
Conductor
Orchestral
Jack Black
Neil Patrick Harris
Anna Kendrick
Performers "Moving Pictures" during the opening segment[38]
Maroon 5 Performers "Lost Stars" from Begin Again[39]
Will Arnett
Mark Mothersbaugh
Questlove
Tegan and Sara
The Lonely Island
Performers "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie[40]
Tim McGraw Performer "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me[41]
Rita Ora Performer "Grateful" from Beyond the Lights[42]
Jennifer Hudson Performer "I Can't Let Go" during the annual In Memoriam tribute[43]
Common
John Legend
Performers "Glory" from Selma[44]
Lady Gaga Performer "The Sound of Music", "My Favorite Things", "Edelweiss" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from The Sound of Music

Ceremony information

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 87th Academy Awards.

From the last year's ceremony ratings boost up and from mixed to positive response, Academy hired Neil Meron and Craig Zadan as producers for the third consecutive year, President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced on April 21, 2014 "We couldn't be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015".[45]

Box office performance of nominated films

For the first time since 2007,[46] that none of the Best Picture nominee had grossed over $100 million before the nominations were announced. The combined gross of the eight Best Picture nominees at the American and Canadian box offices was $205 million, with an average of $26 million per film.[47] Birdman became the second lowest-grossing picture to win an Academy Award for Best Picture after The Hurt Locker in last four decades.[48]

None of the eight Best Picture nominees was among the top ten or fifty release in box office during nominations, as compared to last year nominees, where four films were nominated for Best Picture among from the top 50 films by earning.[49]. When the nominations were announced on January 15, 2015, The Grand Budapest Hotel was the highest-grossing film among the Best Picture nominees with $59.1 million in domestic box office receipts.[50] The Imitation Game was the second-highest-grossing film with $42.7 million; this was followed by Birdman ($26.6 million), The Theory of Everything ($26.2 million), Boyhood ($24.3 million), Selma ($16.5 million), Whiplash ($6.2 million) and finally American Sniper ($3.3 million).[47]. American Sniper just had the wide release a day after the nominations announcement, but after nominations American Sniper was the highest grossing film among the Best Picture nominees, at domestic office sales.

Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 19 nominations went to 11 films on the list. Only Big Hero 6 (9th), Gone Girl (17th), Into the Woods (27th) were nominated for Best Animated Feature, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress award respectively.[50] The other top 50 box office hits that earned nominations were Guardians of the Galaxy (1st), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (3rd), The Lego Movie (4th), Maleficent (6th), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (7th), X-Men: Days of Future Past (8th), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (10th) and Interstellar (15th) .[50]

Nomination criticism

There has been criticism of the predominantly white Oscar nominees and in other fields of nominees alike. For the third time since 1995, the 20 Academy Award acting nominations were only for white actors and actresses. The first was in 1998 and second was in 2011.[51] David Sims of The Atlantic states "the surprising coolness towards Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma—nominated for Best Picture but missing in the Directing, Actor, and Original Screenplay categories—with the fact that all 20 acting nominees this year are white, the first time such a thing has happened since the Oscars honoring the films of 1995."[52] The late David Carr of The New York Times had noted that these nominations were in contrast to the previous year's awards, where 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress.[53] The Guardian columnist Bidisha also notes the overwhelmingly white nominee list while also discussing the fact that "every nominated best director, screenwriter, screenplay adapter and original score composer is a white man,"[54] additionally suggesting that there is an inherent lack of female representation in the Oscars this year beyond the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories. Selma was directed by Ava DuVernay, herself an African-American female. However, nominees Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bo, Emmanuel Lubezki, and Martin Hernández, all nominated for Birdman, are all Latino.

In response to criticism about lack of diversity, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy, stated that “in the last two years, we’ve made greater strides than we ever have in the past toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization through admitting new members and more inclusive classes of members. And, personally, I would love to see and look forward to see a greater cultural diversity among all our nominees in all of our categories.”[55] She refrained from commenting on whether the Academy was embarrassed about the lack of diversity, but stated that she was proud of all the nominees.[56]

Critical reception

James Poniewozik of TIME felt that the "Oscars was neither brilliant or a disaster" and that "like many Hollywood productions, it was just a long thing that felt put together by committee. There were moving moments and tedious moments—but there were also just tons and tons of moments."[57]

Rating and reception

The American telecast on ABC drew in an average 36.6 million people over it length, which was a 14% decrease from the previous year's ceremony.[58][15] While some source also claims that viewership was down to 16 – 17 % as compared from previous year.[59][60] An estimated drop of 6 million viewers occurred with time zone adjustment for the period of 8:30 p.m. to 11:46 p.m. ET from ABC.[59] In addition, the program scored a lower 18–49 demo rating with 10.3 to 10. 7 ratings over 38 share among viewers in that demographic.[60] It was the least watched Oscar ceremony since the 80th Academy Awards in 2008 and overall third-lowest watched in Oscar broadcast history.[16]

In Memoriam

The annual In Memoriam segment was presented by actress Meryl Streep.[61] The montage featured music from Sophie's Choice by Marvin Hamlisch.[62]
At the conclusion of the tribute, singer Jennifer Hudson performed the song "I Can't Let Go",[63] from season 2 of the television series Smash.[64]

The In Memoriam segment drew criticism for failing to recognize the passing of Joan Rivers, who died in 2014. Rivers is largely credited with popularizing the red-carpet pre-show, and became a fixture of Hollywood's award season.[65]

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