‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ dominate the 2015 Oscars

‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ dominate the 2015 Oscars

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‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ are the top Winners of the 2015 Oscars with 4 awards each, while heavily nominated ‘Boyhood’ only won one award.

The ‘Birdman’ is a satire about a washed up Hollywood actor famous for playing the role of Birdman in films made decades ago, trying to reinvent himself as a credible Broadway actor. The film stars Michael Keaton in the main character and was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Birdman was the prime winner at the 2015 Oscars and won four major categories. 

‘Birdman’ secured the biggest award of the Academy Awards ‘Best Picture’ along with three other major awards. The director Alejandro González Iñárritu was awarded ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Screenplay’ along with fellow screenwriters; Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, and Armando Bo.

Writers Nicolas Giacobone, Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, winners of Best Original Screenplay for ‘Birdman’

Emmanuel Lubezki winner of the Best Cinematography Award for ‘Birdman’

Producer John Lesher, winner of the Best Picture award for ‘Birdman’

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, winner of Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture, for ‘Birdman’ poses with family

The award for the ‘Best Cinematography’ was also won by the Emmanuel Lubezki of the Birdman team. Alejandro González Iñárritu, while accepting his award for best director gave a politically fuelled speech, dedicated his award to his fellow Mexicans in Mexico and USA and proclaimed those in the USA are worthy of respect.

In contrast ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ also received four awards and tied with the ‘Birdman’. However the ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ gained awards in less famous groups. ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ won the Academy Awards for ‘Best Costume’, Best Design’, ‘Best Production Design and ‘Best Original Score’.

Composer Alexandre Desplat poses with his Oscar for Best Original Score for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Milena Canonero, Winner for Best Costume Design ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Frances Hannon (L) and Mark Coulier, winners for the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Award for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Adam Stockhausen (L) and Anna Pinnock, winners of the Best Production Design Award for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

The film is about a hotel concierge and his lobby boy played by Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori respectively, trying to clear the name of the concierge in a murder accusation. The hotel is situated in the fictional ski resort of the Republic of Zubrowka and contains an ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Willem Defoe and Adrien Brody. 

The most disappointing move on part of the Oscars committee was the snub to movie ‘Boyhood’ an art-house hit. The adolescent drama took an unbelievable 12 years to make and had a whopping 6 nominations but only won one award. Boyhood was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay, but only Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting Actress award, who took the stage to raise awareness about gender equality in her acceptance speech.

Fans of the film use Twitter to display their frustration and one fan even described the snub as the ‘Worst Mistake’ the Academy Awards Committee has made in decades. Although Birdman is an excellent movie fans believed ‘Boyhood’ deserved the title of ‘Best Picture’ more. 

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