|87th Academy Awards|
|Date||February 22, 2015|
Hollywood, Los Angeles,California, U.S.
|Host||Neil Patrick Harris|
|Best Picture||Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)|
|Most awards||Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (4)|
|Most nominations||Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (9)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 40 minutes|
10.3% (Nielsen ratings)
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2014 and took place on February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 08:30 EST. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan and directed byHamish Hamilton. Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the ceremony for the first time.
In related events, the Academy held its 6th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 8, 2014. On February 7, 2015, in a ceremony at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by hosts Margot Robbie and Miles Teller.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel won the most awards, tieing with four each.Birdman won the Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Alejandro González Iñárritu, while The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat. Other winners included Whiplash won three awards with Best Supporting Actor for J. K. Simmons, and The Theory of Everything, Still Alice, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Big Hero 6, Ida,Citizenfour, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, The Phone Call, Feast, Selma, American Sniper and Interstellar one each
Winners and nominees
The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced on January 15, 2015, at 5:38 a.m. PST (13:38 UTC), at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy, directors J. J. Abramsand Alfonso Cuarón, and actor Chris Pine. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel tied for the most nominations with nine each.
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on February 22, 2014.All of the films competing for Best Picture received at least one award in another category, making it the first time this has occurred since the Academy expanded the category to more than five nominees in 2009. Alejandro González Iñárritu became the second consecutive Mexican winner for Best Director, with the statue having been awarded the previous year to Alfonso Cuarón forGravity. Emmanuel Lubezki became the consecutive recipient of Best Cinematography award after winning for Birdman as he also won for Gravity last year, and second Mexican winner of ceremony. Ida became the first Oscar winner for Poland in Best Foreign Language Film category, with an overall ten nominations since 1963.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Honorary Academy Awards
Academy Honorary Awards
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Films with multiple nominations and awards
|The following 17 films received multiple nominations:||The following three films received multiple awards:
Presenters and performers
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Stephen Oremus||Musical arranger
Neil Patrick Harris
|Performers||“Moving Pictures” during the opening segment|
|Maroon 5||Performers||“Lost Stars” from Begin Again|
Tegan and Sara
The Lonely Island
|Performers||“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie|
|Tim McGraw||Performer||“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me|
|Rita Ora||Performer||“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights|
|Jennifer Hudson||Performer||“I Can’t Let Go” during the annual In Memoriam tribute|
|Performers||“Glory” from Selma|
|Lady Gaga||Performer||“The Sound of Music“, “My Favorite Things“, “Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music|
James Poniewozik of TIME felt that the “Oscars was neither brilliant or a disaster” and that “like many Hollywood productions, it was just a long thing that felt put together by committee. There were moving moments and tedious moments—but there were also just tons and tons of moments.”
There has been criticism of the predominantly white Oscar nominees and in other fields of nominees alike. For the third time since 1995, the 20 Academy Award acting nominations were only for white actors and actresses. The first was in 1998 and second was in 2011. David Sims of The Atlantic states “the surprising coolness towards Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma—nominated for Best Picture but missing in the Directing, Actor, and Original Screenplay categories—with the fact that all 20 acting nominees this year are white, the first time such a thing has happened since theOscars honoring the films of 1995.” The late David Carr of The New York Times had noted that these nominations were in contrast to theprevious year’s awards, where 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress. The Guardian columnist Bidisha also notes the overwhelmingly white nominee list while also discussing the fact that “every nominated best director, screenwriter, screenplay adapter and original score composer is a white man,” additionally suggesting that there is an inherent lack of female representation in the Oscars this year beyond theBest Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories. Selma was directed by Ava DuVernay, herself an African-American female. However, nominees Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bo, Emmanuel Lubezki, and Martin Hernández, all nominated for Birdman, are all Latino.
In response to criticism about lack of diversity, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy, stated that “in the last two years, we’ve made greater strides than we ever have in the past toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization through admitting new members and more inclusive classes of members. And, personally, I would love to see and look forward to see a greater cultural diversity among all our nominees in all of our categories.” She refrained from commenting on whether the Academy was embarrassed about the lack of diversity, but stated that she was proud of all the nominees.
The annual In Memoriam segment was presented by actress Meryl Streep. The montage featured music from Sophie’s Choice by Marvin Hamlisch.
At the conclusion of the tribute, singer Jennifer Hudson performed the song “I Can’t Let Go“, from season 2 of the television series Smash.
The In Memoriam segment drew criticism for failing to recognize the passing of Joan Rivers, who died in 2014. Rivers is largely credited with popularizing the red-carpet pre-show, and became a fixture of Hollywood’s award season.