The Academy Awards are not generally a major concern of ours here at Daily Grindhouse. We like to emphasize the movies we love, above all, without treating movies as competition. We’re really more of a petting zoo than a horse race. That said, this is all the film world is talking about today, so as a service to our readers, below are the winners from the 87th Academy Awards, announced on February 22nd, 2015.
(If you’d like to see a list of my own personal favorites, click here. Ain’t much overlap!)
Keep scrolling down past the awards for a humble tribute to all the wonderful talents we unfortunately lost during a noticeably unsparing year.
BEST MOTION PICTURE
BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE):
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole
BEST WRITING, SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN
BIRDMAN: Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
BEST WRITING, SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED OR PUBLISHED
THE IMITATION GAME: Written by Graham Moore
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, BIRDMAN.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Julianne Moore, STILL ALICE.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Eddie Redmayne, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette, BOYHOOD.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
Tom Cross, WHIPLASH.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, BIRDMAN.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Milena Canonero, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration),
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
WHIPLASH: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, AMERICAN SNIPER.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, INTERSTELLAR.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
IDA (Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski)
BEST DOCUMENTARY, FEATURE
CITIZENFOUR: Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky.
BEST DOCUMENTARY, SHORT SUBJECT
Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry, CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
BIG HERO 6: Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
BEST SHORT FILM, ANIMATED
Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed, FEAST.
BEST SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION
Mat Kirkby and James Lucas, THE PHONE CALL.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES, ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES, ORIGINAL SONG
“Glory” from SELMA: Music and Lyrics by John Stephens (John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (Common!)
(Hardly a complete list, but a gathering of all of Daily Grindhouse’s tributes to beloved film figures lost in 2014.)
(for musical accompaniment purposes)
MAYA ANGELOU (poet, writer, multi-hyphenated performer)
SCOTT ASHETON (drummer, The Stooges)
RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH (film director, actor)
LUIS ÁVALOS (film & TV actor)
DICK AYERS (cartoonist)
LAUREN BACALL (actor, movie star, my distant cousin!)
OX BAKER (professional wrestler, actor)
AMIRI BARAKA (poet)
NEAL BARRETT, JR. (writer)
BIG BANK HANK (one-third of The Sugar Hill Gang, born Henry Lee Jackson)
NOEL BLACK (film director)
JOHN BRANDON (film & TV actor)
MARILYN BURNS (film actor)
SID CAESAR (comedian)
REMO CAPITANI (film actor)
RUBIN “HURRICANE” CARTER (boxer)
CHRISTINE CAVANAUGH (voice actor, performer of “Babe The Pig” among many others)
JOE COCKER (musician, pictured with John Belushi)
UBALDO CONTINIELLO (film composer)
ANN B. DAVIS (TV actor)
RUBY DEE (film actor, my neighbor!)
HAL DOUGLAS (voice actor & announcer)
ANITA EKBERG (film actor, model, sex bomb)
PHIL EVERLY (musician, pop star)
DJ E-Z ROCK (hip-hop DJ, born Rodney “Skip” Bryce)
JOHN FASANO (screenwriter, director, producer, mask creator)
AL FELDSTEIN (writer for EC Comics and MAD Magazine)
JAMES GARNER (actor)
H.R. GIGER (artist)
MENAHEM GOLAN (film producer)
SHEBA SHAYNE HAMSTERTON (first hamster of Daily Grindhouse)
JOHN HENSON (puppeteer, most frequently in the role of ‘Sweetums’)
EDWARD HERRMANN (stage and film actor)
ROGER HILL (actor)
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (film & stage actor)
GEOFFREY HOLDER (film & stage actor, dancer, choreographer, painter, and much more)
JAN HOOKS (comedian)
BOB HOSKINS (film actor)
BRIAN G. HUTTON (film director)
RUSSELL JOHNSON (TV actor)
SARAH JONES (camera assistant)
SCOTT KALVERT (director)
CASEY KASEM (radio personality, voice actor)
FRANKIE KNUCKLES (DJ, producer)
GLORIA LEONARD (porn star, publisher, advocate)
VIRNA LISI (film actor)
ERIC LYNCH (actor)
PAUL MAZURSKY (film director)
ANDREW V. McLAGLEN (film director)
JUANITA MOORE (film actor, pictured with Sandra Dee in IMITATION OF LIFE)
LUCILLA MORLACCHI (film actor)
OSWALD MORRIS (cinematographer)
FARLEY MOWAT (author & environmentalist)
TAYLOR NEGRON (comedian, actor)
MIKE NICHOLS (as seen directing THE GRADUATE)
ODERUS URUNGUS (musician, Hellbeast, bandleader, born Dave Brockie)
RIZ ORTOLANI (film composer)
DON PARDO (TV announcer)
ELIZABETH PEÑA (film actor)
OTTO PETERSON (comedian, pictured, as always, with George)
JOHN PINETTE (comedian)
LUISE RAINER (Golden Age film star, first to win consecutive Oscars)
HAROLD RAMIS (writer, director, actor, godhead)
TOMMY RAMONE (drummer, The Ramones)
JAMES REBHORN (film actor)
ALAIN RESNAIS (filmmaker)
JOAN RIVERS (comedian)
MICKEY ROONEY (film actor)
STANLEY RUBIN (writer, producer)
JOSEPH SARGENT (film & TV director)
LIZABETH SCOTT (film actor)
PETE SEEGER (folk musician, activist)
LORENZO SEMPLE, JR. (writer of PRETTY POISON, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, and TV’s Batman)
RUN RUN SHAW (film producer)
JAMES SHIGETA (film actor)
GEORGE SLUIZER (film director)
DICK SMITH (legendary make-up artist)
LARRY SMITH (record producer, far left, with Run-DMC)
ELAINE STRITCH (performer)
HAL SUTHERLAND (animator)
KEN TAKAKURA (actor)
SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK (actor, diplomat)
KEN THORNE (film composer)
MORRIE TURNER (cartoonist, pioneer)
THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR (professional wrestler, born James Brian Hellwig)
GARRICK UTLEY (newscaster, interviewed my family once!)
RALPH WAITE (TV actor, activist)
ELI WALLACH (actor)
BRYON WEISS (stuntman)
BILLIE WHITELAW (actor)
ROBIN WILLIAMS (actor, comedian)
GORDON WILLIS (cinematographer)
BOBBY WOMACK (musician)
SAUL ZAENTZ (film producer)
EFREM ZIMBALIST, JR. (actor & voiceover artist)
— JON ABRAMS (@JONNYABOMB).
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