Magazine article Screen International

Oscars 2015: As It Happened

Magazine article Screen International

Oscars 2015: As It Happened

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Jeremy Kay's live blog of the 87th Academy Awards from Los Angeles.OSCARS 2015

Full list of winners

Birdman wins best film, director

REACTION: What the winners said

COMMENT: Birdman claws victory from Boyhood21:15 - Buenos noches

Show host Harris signs off with a chirpy, "Buenos noches!"21:05 - Best Film

Sean Penn walks on. It's time for the big one. Best film. Will it be Birdman or Boyhood?

It's Birdman! The movie ends the night tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel on four Oscars.

Inarritu, referring to his pal Alfonso Cuaron who enjoyed success with Gravity at last year's show, says: "Two Mexicans in a row. That's suspicious, I guess."

Slightly more seriously, AGI also calls on his fellow Mexicans to help build a strong future for his beloved country.

Wow, a good night for Birdman and a surprisingly barren one for Boyhood. Pirates indeed, Ethan Hawke, but glorious pirates.20:55 - Best Actress

Matthew McConaughey saunters on stage to announce best actress. Julianne Moore, five times a nominee at the Oscars is the favourite. Will she get it this time for Still Alice?

Yes she's got it! Tears. Joy. A classy dress (oops sorry #AskHerMore).

"I read an article that said winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer," she says. "If that's true I'd like to thank the Academy because my husband is five years younger than me."

Laughter. Then some serious words about Alzheimer's Disease and a tribute to co-director Richard Glatzer, who has ALS.

She also says: "There's no such thing as a best actress."20:50 - Best Actor

Cate Blanchett now, to announce best actor. It goes to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory Of Everything.

Massive cheer. He is jumping up and down on stage. There's no fakery here. The man is delighted.20:45 - Best Director

Ben Affleck arrives to announce the best director winner. Two very deserving contenders tonight and it goes to one of them. Will it be Richard Linklater or Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who got the DGA win?

It's AGI! He's pumped up and says he's wearing his lucky Michael Keaton tighty-whities.20:40 - Adapted screenplay

Oprah (I forget her surname - anybody?) comes on to announce the best adapted screenplay winner.

The prize goes to... Graham Moore in his first win for The Imitation Game.

He confesses that at the age of 16 he tried to kill himself because he felt he did not belong. Dedicates his Oscar to everybody who feels weird and isolated and urges them to remain who they are. Brave words.20:30 - Original screenplay

Eddie Murphy announces that Birdman is the original screenplay winner.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu takes to the stage with his three collaborators Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr and Armando Bo (two of whom, like AGI, are bearded; the third looks like he's getting there).20:25 - Best score

Julie Andrews announces the best score winner to be Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel. That movie is now on four wins and still leads the night.

Whiplash has three. Birdman and Boyhood only one apiece so far.20:15 - Gaga's Sound of Music medley

Next up is Lady Gaga... and she launches into a solid The Sound Of Music medley in honour of that film's 50th anniversary.

Gaga is belting out The Sound Of Music and it's a reminder if any were needed that this lady can really sing.

She slides into My Favourite Things (not so good), gives short shrift to Edelweiss and takes a big breath and ascends to the rousing finale that is Climb Ev'ry Mountain. Everyone is standing. And clapping.

And guess what next? Julie Andrews herself walks on and there's a big hug. Andrews is looking very emotional and rather chuffed. Audience still standing.20:05 - Original song

Oh this is great. Remember last year when John Travolta botched Idina Menzel's name? Well here she is on stage to present best original song and she invites none other than Travolta himself to join her on stage with the moniker Glom Gazingo. …

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