‘Birdman’ sweeps the Oscars with Best Film, Best Director wins; Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore win for best acting

Birdman swept the Oscars winning top honours including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Birdman and are set to battle it out for top honours of best film and best director. JK Simmons won best supporting actor for Whiplash while Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress for Boyhood. Three awards in the bag for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash each. After snubs in the Best Director and Best Actor category, Selma wins Best Original Song to a standing ovation.

Welcome to our live coverage of the Oscars 2015! Hollywood’s awards season culminated today with the Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. As expected, JK Simmons won best supporting actor for Whiplash while Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress for Boyhood. The Grand Budapest Hotel has three wins in the bag while Whiplash has won two.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s satire Birdman and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the nominations this year with nine nods each. Fan favourite The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, has eight nominations. Among the actors, Eddie Redmayne wins the face off with Michael Keaton in the best actor categories.

Boyhood and Birdman are set to it out for top honours of best film and best director. Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age tale about childhood, which took 12 years to complete, initially looked to score some major trophies but has faced tougher battle with Birdman, American Sniper’ and Selma’s names being thrown in the mix by critics.

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10:45 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
It seems like it was not a race at all! Birdman wins best film, sweeping top honours this year

10:43 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Is this another race between Boyhood and Birdman?

10:42 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
It’s time for Harris’ predictions. “During Patricia Arquette’s speech Meryl Streep will realise she is underpaid.” Ha! Also, kudos for bringing attention to Travolta’s weird face touching.

10:38 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
There it is. A much deserved and long overdue win for Moore. Here is our review of the nominees for best actress.

10:35 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Julianne Moore has been crying through several acceptance speeches throughout the ceremony. Someone give her an Oscar!

10:31 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Eddie Redmayne takes it home! Redmayne’s turn as Stephen Hawking has been favourite to win with several wins already, and yet what an upset at the same time. Read our review of the best actor nominees this year.

10:28 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
This is race that everybody has been wary of predicting. The category has been a two horse race between the up and coming Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and veteran Michael Keaton (Birdman). But American Sniper’s Bradley Cooper is the surprise underdog in this race who could quietly to sneak up and cause an upset.

10:23 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
And he does. Iñárritu is coming fresh of wins at Director’s Guild, Producer’s Guild and the Screen Actor’s Guild. Birdman waited to win the big ones.

Iñárritu thanks his close friend and cinematographer Lubezki who was earlier up on stage for best cinematography.

10:21 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Ben Affleck is here to present for Best Director. Alejandro González Iñárritu is tipped to win this one.

10:15 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
The Imitation Game gets its first win of the night. “Thank you so much to the Academy and thank you to Oprah!” Graham Moore’s heartwarming speech reaches out to all those who feel they don’t fit in.

10:14 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
OPRAAAAAH is here to present for Best Adapted Screenplay.

10:11 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
It’s Birdman! First Oscar win for Iñárritu. We’re still reeling from Wes Anderson’s loss.

10:10 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Eddie Murphys is here to present for Best Original Screenplay. The Grand Budapest Hotel won the Writers Guild Award for this one.

10:04 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
And Desplat it is! Fourth win for The Grand Budapest Hotel. The film seems to edging closer towards having the most wins this year.

10:02 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Who do you think should win for best score? We’re rooting for Alexandre Desplat’s lovely score for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

9:59 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Lady Gaga pays tribute to Julie Andrews with a stirring performance of songs from Sound of Music.

9:46 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
John Legend and Common win for “Glory” from Selma. “When people are marching to our song, we want to say we are with you, we see you and march one”— a moving speech from the winners.

9:45 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Idina Menzel and John Travolta. Naturally there will be a gag on Travolta’s faux pas from last year. Travolta veering into creepy territoy here.

9:43 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Well, if this isn’t ironic. A standing ovation for the biggest snub this year, Selma.

9:38 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Octavia Spencer has taken her eyes of Harris’ Oscar predictions to introduce John Legend and Common for their performance of “Glory” from Selma. The song has been nominated for Best Original Song.

Here is why we thought the song should win this category.

9:31 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Favourite to win Citizenfour takes this one for telling the story of how Edward Snowden exposed the wiretapping practices of the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

9:29 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelwo present for Best Documentary Feature. Aniston does not look pleased to be here.

9:27 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
With this win Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel are leading with three wins each. One win each for Birdman and Boyhood. The last two are gearing up for the big awards!

9:24 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Whiplash it is! Watch the film to see how slick editing is crucial to building all the tension that film hinges on.

9:23 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomi Watts present for Best Editing. This one should go to Whiplash.

9:15 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Meryl Streep pays tribute the those who passed this year. Mickey Rooney, James Garner, Maya Angelou, Anita Ekberg, Richard Attenborough, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alain Resnais and Mike Nichols among those remembered.

9:05 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Emmanuel Lubezki wins Best Cinematography for second year in a row for his work in Birdman. The seamless camerwork in the film has been an integral part of Iñárritu’s storytelling in Birdman. Lubezki won last year for his work Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.

9:00 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Best Production Design for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Well deserved win! Have you seen the exquisite sets of this Wes Anderson’s fictional country ‘Republic of Zubrowka’?

8:51 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
We got this one wrong. Disney’s Big Hero 6 wins!

Read our review of the nominees in this category.

8:49 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Harris taunts The Lego Movie crew as Zoe Saldana and Dwayne Johnson step up to present the award for Best Animated Feature Film.

8:48 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Disney’s Feast wins award for Best Animated Short.

8:43 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz present the award for Best Visual Effects. Predictably Chistopher Nolan’s space opera Interstellar wins this award.

8:41 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Rita Ora performs — “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights. Diane Warren has been nominated for this song in the category for Best Original Song.

8:39 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Eddie Redmayne and Rober Duvall are now charged with the task of waking Octavia Spencer up to keep an eye on Harris’ predictions. This heightened surveillance better lead to something good.

8:35 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Patricia Arquette wins best supporting actress for Boyhood, continuing her reign of the awards season for the critically acclaimed role as Olivia. Arquette petitions for equal wages for women in her acceptance to rousing applause. ‘It’s our time.’

8:32 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Read our review of the performances in the best supporting actress category

8:30 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
First award of the night for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper.

8:26 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Sundance favourite Whiplash wins for second award of the night for sound mixing.

8:15 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Tim McGraw performs Glenn Campbell and Julian Raymond — “I Am Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll be me.

8:09 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry wins Best Documentary for Crisis Hotline Veteran Press 1.

8:05 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Kerry Washingtong and ‘the most ell adjusted child actor in the room’ Jason Bateman present for Best Live Action Short. The Oscar goes to Mat Kirby and James Lucas for The Phone Call.

The orchestra this year seems to be getting talked over the acceptance speeches. Persistence finally starts to pay off!

7:59 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island perform “Everything is Awesome” for The Lego Movie.

Steve Carell, Oprah Winfrey and Channing Tatum get Lego Oscars. We’re willing to bet they’re better than the real deal.

7:49 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Nicole Kidman as Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Chiwetel Ejiofor present for Best Foriegn Language film. Polisha film Ida wins the award. This is Poland’s tenth nomination. A determined Pawel Pawlikowski, director of the film, will not let the orchestra play him off stage!

7:40 IST Monday, 23 February 2015.
Oscar nominees Reese Witherspoon presents award for the Make-up and Hairstyling to Francis Hannon and Mark Coulier. The Grand Budapest Hotel takes this one too! The film has been favourite to win the technical catergories.

7:37 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Chris Pine and Jennifer Lopez on stage to present the award for best costume. And the Oscar goes to Milena Canonero The Grand Budapest Hotel! Nominated 9 times, this is their first win of the night.

7:33 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Maroon 5’s Adam Levine performs “Lost Stars” from Begin Again.

7:29 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Neil Patrick Harris makes the obligatory Harvey Weinstein joke. But seriously, how many did he make disappear for The Imitation Game’s Oscar campaign?

7:29 IST Monday, 23 February 2015

Watch JK Simmons’ acceptance speech:

7:26 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Harris has his own set of predictions for this year’s Oscars and has them under lock and key, under Octavia Spencer’s eye.

7:22 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
As expected, JK Simmons wins best supporting actor for Whiplash. Simmons has made a clean sweep this awards season.

Simmons thanks his wife for ‘above average children’ and tells everyone to call their mothers.

7:22 IST Monday, 23 February 2015

Completely improvised. #oscars

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7:19 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
First award of the night- Best supporting actor presented last year’s winner Lupita Nyong’o

Read our overview of the performances in the best supporting actor category

7:11 IST Monday, 23 February 2015
Neil Patrick Harris gets on stage and goes straight for the jugular, calling out the awards for being at their ‘whitest’ this year.

NPH immediately breaks into song. Now this is what we have been looking forward to!