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There were few surprises. The only major surprise was Eddie Redmayne winning Best Actor for The Theory of Everything. While he was very good as the incomprable physacist Dr. Stephen Hawking, it was assumed that Michael Keaton would win for Birdman. Instead, the film took home four other awards, including Best Picture. The film's director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, took home three awards himself (Picture, Director, Original Screenplay).
It was a tough call on what would win Best Picture this year. Some thought Boyhood, Richard Linklater's 12 year opus; other thought Wes Anderson's The Grand budapest Hotel. And while the latter didn't win the big prize, it still took home a very respectable four Oscars.
Supporting Actor winner J.K. Simmons won a wel-deserved Oscar for Whiplash, which also took two other trophies.
The best moment of the night may have been Lady Gaga chanelling Julie Andrews as she sand a montage of songs in tribute to The Sound of Music, celebrating its 50th anniversary. Julie Andrews was overwhelmed and moved to tears, embracing Lady Gaga with a big hug that lasted longer than an average hug. Andrews then stated "It warmed my heart. It really did."
John Legend's performance of his song, "Glory," moved the audience to tears, as well. Another moving moment was when Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner Graham Moore told the pack house that when he was 16 he tried to kill himself for feeling different and that he didn't belong. He also said it was unfair that Alan Touring wasn't there to share in the excitemnt. "And so, I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she's weird or she's different or she doesn't fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird, stay different, and then when it's your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along." The audience gave him a thunderous round of appluse. All in all, a good show. Neil PAtrick Harris was funny, and his opening was terrific. Not the best of Oscar Shows, but a classic none the less.
Until Next year.
#1 All Quiet on the Western Front, #5 The Bridge on the River Kwai, #10 Rocky,
#13 Lilo & Stitch, #25 A Streetcar Named Desire, #27 Star Wars Episode II,
#50 Dances With Wolves, #75 Dr. No, #100 High Noon, #150 Finding Neverland,
#200 The Phantom Tollbooth, #250 A Trip to the Moon
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