No Oscar night would be complete without the awards that may not generate the biggest headlines but honor the disciplines that are essential to any motion picture.
Despite various calls over the years to streamline the show, the awards for cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, costume design, production design, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects remain an essential part of the Academy Awards ceremony.
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That's why we'll be keeping track of the winners in each category below.
Veteran Italian costume designer Milena Canonero won her fourth Oscar, this time for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," a film set between world wars in a fictional Eastern European nation. Canonero is well-versed in Wes Andersen's quirky universe, having previously worked on the filmmaker's "The Darjeeling Limited" and "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou." Her first Oscar victory came for 1975's "Barry Lyndon," and she won for 1981's "Chariots of Fire" and 2006's "Marie Antoinette."
"Grand Budapest's" Canonero bested "Inherent Vice's" Mark Bridges, "Into the Woods' " Colleen Atwood, "Maleficent's" Anna B. Sheppard, and "Mr. Turner's" Jacqueline Durran in the costume design category.
At the Costume Designers Guild Awards, the award for period film went to Canonero for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," the top prize for contemporary film went to Albert Wolsky for "Birdman" and Atwood received the award for fantasy film for "Into the Woods."
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," which transformed the look of the ensemble cast in Wes Anderson's film with a 1930s European hotel at its center, has won the Oscar for makeup and hairstyling. The award goes to first-time nominee Frances Hannon and second-time victor Mark Coulier, who previously won an Academy Award for "The Iron Lady."
The duo topped “Foxcatcher’s” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, and “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White.
At the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Awards earlier this month, Yianni-Georgiou won contemporary makeup and David White earned the award for special makeup effects for "Guardians of the Galaxy." Hannon and Julie Dartnell won for period and/or character makeup and period and/or character hair styling for "The Grand Budapest Hotel." And Jerry Popolis and Kat Drazen earned the award for contemporary hair styling for "Birdman."
The team behind “Whiplash” has won the Oscar for sound mixing. The award goes to Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, who are all first-time nominees.
The other contenders in the category were “American Sniper” (John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin); “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga); “Interstellar” (Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten); and “Unbroken” (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee).
At the Cinema Audio Society Awards earlier this month, the team from "Birdman" won the award for sound mixing in a live-action motion picture.
"American Sniper" has received the Oscar for sound editing. The award goes to Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, who both won for the 2006 film "Letters From Iwo Jima." It was Murray's seventh nomination and Asman's fifth.
Also nominated were "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'s" Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock; "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' " Brent Burge and Jason Canovas; "Interstellar's" Richard King; and "Unbroken's" Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro.
At the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards for sound editing last week, "Birdman" won the Golden Reel for feature film: music; "American Sniper" earned the top prize in the feature film: FX/foley category; and "Unbroken" received the award for feature film: dialogue/ADR.
The visual effects in “Interstellar” impressed Oscar voters, with Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher taking home the Academy Award.
This was Franklin’s second Oscar win in the category, and the first victory for Lockley, Hunter and Fisher.
The other visual effects nominees were “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick), “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist), “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould) and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer).
At the Visual Effects Society awards earlier this month, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and the animated film “Big Hero 6” dominated.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel's" Adam Stockhausen has won the Oscar for production design and Anna Pinnock for set decoration. Both are first-time Oscar winners for Wes Anderson's film about a mid-20th century hotel in a fictional European country. It was Stockhausen's second nomination in as many years, and Pinnock's fifth nomination, including a nod for her work in "Into the Woods" this year.
Stockhausen began his acceptance speech by thanking Anderson. "Making it with you was a dream come true and I can't thank you enough."
Other contenders included “The Imitation Game’s” Maria Djurkovic (production design) and Tatiana Macdonald (set decoration); “Interstellar’s” Nathan Crowley (production design) and Gary Fettis (set decoration); “Into the Woods’ ” Dennis Gassner (production design) and Pinnock (set decoration); and “Mr. Turner’s ” Suzie Davies (production design) and Charlotte Watts (set decoration).
At the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards earlier this month, Adam Stockhausen won the award for period film for "The Grand Budapest Hotel." He was the only Art Directors Guild winner this year who also was in contention for an Oscar.
"Birdman's" Emmanuel Lubezki has won the Academy Award for cinematography for the second year in a row, after winning in 2014 for his work on "Gravity."
The cinematographer known by the nickname Chivo, thanked director Alejandro G. Inarritu for his "extraordinary generosity, passion and your friendship."
The odds-on favorite to win this year, Lubezki is known for his long shots and innovation, and "Birdman" proved a perfect vehicle for that. The film uses what looks like one continuous, snaking shot to present the story of actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), whose world is crumbling around him.
Lubezki, who has had five other Oscar nominations over the years, topped "The Grand Budapest Hotel's" Robert Yeoman, "Ida's" Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, "Mr. Turner's" Dick Pope and "Unbroken's" Roger Deakins.
Deakins famously has been nominated 12 times for an Academy Award over the last two decades but has never won. First-time nominee Yeoman has worked on every live-action film by Wes Anderson. And Pope had the unfortunate distinction of having his name mangled by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs on nominations morning as "Dick Poop."
Last Sunday, Lubezki also won for the second time in a row at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards.
"Whiplash's" Tom Cross won the Oscar for editing the film about a music student determined to be a great jazz drummer and a demanding teacher. It was Cross' first time as a nominee.
Other contenders were "American Sniper's" Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach; "Boyhood's" Sandra Adair; "The Grand Budapest Hotel's" Barney Pilling; and "The Imitation Game's" William Goldenberg.
At the American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards last month, Pilling won the award for comedy/musical for "Grand Budapest," while Adair won the award for dramatic film for "Boyhood."