Oscars 2015 live: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ lead winners


The 87th Academy Awards show has ended, with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and "Birdman" winning four trophies apiece. Julianne Moore won for lead actress and Eddie Redmayne for lead actor. And Lady Gaga sang a medley from "The Sound of Music" that won't soon be forgotten.

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From left: Reese Witherspoon, Margot Robbie, Lupita Nyong'o and Jennifer Aniston.
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Ultimate award for Alexandre Desplat

Composer Alexandre Desplat.
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The eighth time was a charm for French composer Alexandre Desplat, who won for his original score for "The Grand Budapest Hotel." He was also nominated this year for his music in "The Imitation Game."

Desplat described the statuette as the ultimate award a filmmaker can dream of, and paid tribute to the film's director, Wes Anderson. "It's all him. Actually he should have this award," said the composer. "Wes was like any great director -- he is very detailed."

The score for "Budapest" combines sounds and styles from music across Central Europe to evoke the fictional country where the film's action takes place.

-- David Ng

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No picture/director split after all

"Birdman" for best picture.

"Birdman" for director.

"Birdman" for original screenplay.

Alejandro G. Inarritu is going to need a wheelbarrow to cart all his Oscars to the airport Monday as he heads back to Canada where he's shooting a revenge western titled "Revenant."

No disrespect to "Birdman," but it would have been nice if these three Oscars had been divvied up between "Birdman," "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

But that's just me. "Birdman" die-hards, few in number though they may be, are very happy right now. And Inarritu, soulful, poetic, as always, deserves congratulations.

Good night!

The final tally

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Birdman" both walked away with four statuettes, and "Whiplash" walked away with three. Another interesting numbers fact:

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'Birdman' wins best picture

Michael Keaton, star of "Birdman," shared in the Oscar nomination windfall with director Alejandro Inarritu.
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“Birdman” won the Oscar for best picture. Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu and starring Michael Keaton, the film is a darkly comic look at fame and ego. In a very tight race for the top prize, the film beat out other top contenders “Boyhood” and “American Sniper.”

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Standing ovation for Julianne Moore

It's her time! Did you see that standing ovation? Moore gave a great performance in a so-so movie, “Still Alice.” This is her fifth nomination and no one offered any resistance to the idea that this was a fine spot to honor her. I'd like to go back and watch the movie again, just to concentrate on the way she charted the decline of her character, who's suffering from early onset Alzheimer's. The movie's weaker elements distracted me the first time around.

Moore seemed so happy at the podium, too. Adding five years to your life span will do that, I guess.

Julianne Moore wins lead actress

Moore plays a college professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2014's "Still Alice." Her performance has earned a Golden Globe for lead actress in a drama and a SAG Award. She's also been nominated for a BAFTA Award and an Oscar.
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Julianne Moore has won the Oscar for lead actress for her portrayal of Alice Howland, a linguistics professor beset with early onset Alzheimer's disease in “Still Alice.” Moore's win, her first in five nominations, was largely expected, as the actress had swept all awards in that category leading up to the Oscars.

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'This Oscar ... this Oscar!'

You see what I'm talking about? He is so damn charming, so appreciative. Hard to see how you can fault the choice here. For the physical transformation alone, Eddie Redmayne's performance in "The Theory of Everything" was incredible. And he conveyed Stephen Hawking's intelligence and formidable love of life. Tough category. All deserving. But Redmayne had just that little bit extra.

So many British nominees this year

British actors make up 25% of this year's acting nominees. The Brits haven't been this well represented in the Oscars since 2002, when eight out of 25 acting nominees were from Britain.

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In Memoriam controversy

It's not an awards show until someone gets left out of the memorial and social media goes on the warpath.

Remember in 2013, when Jack Klugman's son was irate that his father didn't get a special segment during the Emmys broadcast?

Tonight, Joan Rivers' fans are up in arms over the omission of the red carpet stalwart. We like Mashable's take on the furor.

Eddie Redmayne wins lead actor

Eddie Redmayne has won the Oscar for lead actor for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” a story centered largely on Hawking's debilitating ALS and his first marriage.

Redmayne's win, with his first nomination, caps a tight lead actor race that many expected to see Michael Keaton win.

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Up now: Lead actor

Finally an acting category with some suspense. Based on past awards shows, if Eddie Redmayne wins, I think he might pass out. He gets so emotional -- especially for an Englishman! Where's that stiff upper lip? Anyway, somebody get ready to hand him a handkerchief.

Keaton over Redmayne?

Sneak a peek at the official after-party

Hollywood's biggest night demands an appropriately ritzy after-party, and it comes in the form of the Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official post-Oscar fete.

Held at a ballroom atop the Hollywood & Highland complex, the event provides a swanky setting for winners to celebrate, losers to drown their sorrows and everyone else to rub elbows.

What does the room look like? What's on the menu? How is liquid nitrogen involved? Click "Read more" below to find out.

-- Oliver Gettell

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Alejandro G. Inarritu wins for director for 'Birdman'

Iñárritu. Tight race goes to the Directors Guild of America winner.
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Alejandro G. Inarritu has won the director Oscar for his film “Birdman.”

Only the second Latin American filmmaker to take that prize, Inarritu was considered to be in a neck-and-neck race with Richard Linklater for the Oscar.

“Birdman,” a black comedy about ego, fame and insecurity, stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.

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Patricia Arquette's speech

After winning supporting actress for her role in "Boyhood," Patricia Arquette had this to say:

"Okay, Jesus. Thank you to the Academy, to my beautiful, powerful nominees. To IFC, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland, Molly Madden, David DeCamillo, our whole cast and our crew. My 'Boyhood' family, who I love and admire. Our brilliant director Richard Linklater. The impeccable Ethan Hawke. My lovelies, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater.

"Thomas and Paul, thank you for giving me my beautiful children. Enzo and Harlow, you're the deepest people that I know. My friends who all work so hard to make this world a better place.

"To my parents, Rosanna, Richmond, Alexis and David. To my favorite painter in the world, Eric White, for the inspiration of living with a genius. To my heroes, volunteers and experts who have helped me bring ecological sanitation to the developing world with To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America."

It's all about the drama

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Best picture looking good for 'Birdman'

I really thought "The Grand Budapest Hotel" would win original screenplay. The "Birdman" victory will probably be the first of three for its writer-director-producer Alejandro G. Inarritu.

Meanwhile, as my colleague Robert Lloyd noted on Twitter, "stay weird" is good advice for anyone. Good on you, Graham Moore.

Now, if Eddie Redmayne wins lead actor, all eight best picture nominees will have Oscars.

'You don't want to be the bad one'

Patrick Osborne, who with Kristina Reed won the Oscar for animated short for "Feast," understood the pressure that comes with adding to Disney's storied pantheon of animation.

"You don't want to be the bad one," he said backstage.

"It's an honor," he added, "to be able to make something that you can place among the shorts that exist in Disney's history."

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