Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore take home the top acting gongs
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel were the major winners at the 87th Academy Awards tonight (February 22).
Black comedy Birdman took home four of the biggest prizes: Best Picture, Best Director for Alejandro G Inarritu, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel also collected four awards, all in technical categories.
Eddie Redmayne’s performance as the young Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything beat Birdman‘s Michael Keaton to the Best Actor award, while Julianne Moore was named Best Actress for her portrayal of a woman battling Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice.
JK Simmons collected the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his performance as a sadistic jazz teacher in Whiplash. Patricia Arquette ensured hotly-tipped Best Picture contender Boyhood didn’t go home empty-handed, winning the film’s sole award in the Best Supporting Actress category.
John Legend and Common’s ‘Glory’ took home the Original Song trophy. Earlier in the ceremony, the pair had taken to the stage to perform their rousing song from acclaimed civil rights drama Selma, which was also nominated for Best Picture.
Among the other performers was Lady Gaga, who sang a medley of songs from The Sound Of Music to mark the 50th anniversary of the Oscar-winning musical. The 87th Academy Awards were held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre with Neil Patrick Harris serving as host. Check out the full list of winners here.