“Birdman”, “Grand Budapest Hotel” crush the Oscars

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Eddie Redmayne gave one of the most emotional acceptance speeches of the evening.

On Sunday, movie stars and filmmakers gathered for the ultimate red carpet event, the 87th Academy Awards!

Honoring the best films of 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave the most nominations to The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman, who each scored 9 noms in categories like Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.

These two quirky films went up against American Sniper, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma, Whiplash, and The Theory of Everything for the top honor.

After shaking things up this year by nominating “indie” style films that took big risks with unique plots and deep drama, the Academy awarded Birdman with Best Picture. It tied its top nominations rival, The Grand Budapest, with 4 total wins for the evening. 

Comedian and actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the ceremony for the first time, cracking snappy jokes and looking as stylish as ever. That definitely eased the tension in some of the white-hot Oscar races, especially between The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne and Birdman’s Michael Keaton for Best Actor. Redmayne really captured the compassion and brilliance of physicist Stephen Hawking, who was crippled by a disease called ALS, and Keaton gave an intense performance as a washed-up Hollywood superhero. The win went to Redmayne, who teared up on stage with gratitude.

Other major victories included Julianne Moore (Still Alice) for Best Actress, Big Hero 6 for Best Animated Feature Film, and Glory from Selma for Best Song. Congratulations to the winners, and may 2015 be another year of epic blockbusters and cinema masterpieces!

Featured image courtesy of The Academy Facebook. Image of Eddie Redmayne courtesy of “The Theory of Everything” Facebook.