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Oscars 2015: List of winners

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The Oscars took place yesterday and here is the list of winners in some major categories:

Best Picture

Birdman — Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne — The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Julianne Moore — Still Alice

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu — Birdman

Best Animated Movie

Big Hero Six — Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Best Original Song

Glory — John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel — Alexandre Desplat

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Imitation Game – Graham Moore

I saw many of the winning movies. I have no idea why Birdman is given this much attention. It is a nice movie and Micheal Keaton’s performance is undeniably great but my first reaction after watching it and even now  is “What did I just watch!”, it’s good and all but probably the best word to describe is Weird.

I am disappointed that The Imitation Game did not score any big wins. It’s one of my favorite movies along with The Theory of Everything, I think they both deserve more awards!

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards

February is packed with big events. Other than The Oscars, the prestigious GRAMMY Awards ceremony will be held on February 8th 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the show will be broadcast live by CBS.

This year’s show will feature a lot of great performances and Sam Smith, one of this year’s top nominees, will be making his GRAMMY stage debut. The one I am really anticipating is for none other than the Queen of pop herself, Madonna, especially to see if her performance will be some kind of reaction to the massive leak she faced last December and before the early release of her new album on March 10th.

The awards are given for 83 categories!! Below you can find the nominees for some of the major pop categories:

Record of the Year

Fancy (Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX)

Chandelier (Sia)

Stay With Me [Darkchild Version] (Stay Smith)

Shake it off (Taylor Swift)

All about That Bass (Meghan Trainor)

 

Album of the Year

Morning Phase (Beck)

Beyonce (Beyonce)

X (Ed Sheeran)

In The lonely Hour (Sam Smith)

Girl (Pharrell Williams)

 

Song of the Year

All about That Bass (Meghan Trainor)

Chandelier (Sia)

Shake it off (Taylor Swift)

Stay With Me [Darkchild Version] (Stay Smith)

Take Me to Church (Hozier)

 

Best Music Video

We Exist (Arcade Fire)

Turn Down For What (DJ Snake & Lil Jon)

Chandelier (Sia)

Happy (Pharrell Williams)

The Golden Age (Woodkid Featuring Max Richter)

The Oscars next month

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The first Academy Awards ceremony, better known as The Oscars, took place on May 16th 1929, and was attended by two hundred seventy people only and the guest tickets price was $5. At first, the winners were notified in advance, but that changed to the system of the sealed-envelop still in use today.

This year marks the 87th edition of the ceremony to be held on February 22nd 2015 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

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Some facts about Oscar Statuette:

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  • Official Name: Academy Award® of Merit (if you are wondering why it has been called Oscar, here is why: “a popular story has it that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. The Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939”).
  • Height: 13½ inches
  • Weight: 8½ pounds
  • Number of Awards Presented: 2,947 (so far)
  • First Recipient: Emil Jannings, named Best Actor for his performances in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh” in 1929
  • Design: A stylized figure of a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers). No model was used during the design process.
  • Designer: Cedric Gibbons, chief art director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • Sculptor: Los Angeles artist George Stanley
  • Manufacturer: S. Owens & Company in Chicago
  • Manufacturing Time: 3–4 weeks for 50 statuettes
  • Material: During initial ceremonies, the statuette was made of gold-plated solid bronze and within a few years, the bronze was abandoned in favor of britannia metal which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24-karat gold.

Below you can find the nominees for this year in some of the major categories:

Best Picture

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers

Boyhood

Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers

The Imitation Game

Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers

Selma

Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

The Theory of Everything

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers

Whiplash

Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

Directing

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood

Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum

Actor in a Leading Role

Eddie Redmayne

The Theory of Everything

Steve Carell

Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper

American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch

The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Actress in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard

Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones

The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore

Still Alice

Rosamund Pike

Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon

Wild

I saw some of the contending movies, and I think they are amazing. My favorite ones are The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. Both are superb by all means, directing, acting, story and script…

Source: The Oscars