The 87th Annual Academy Awards will be held live tonight, Sunday, February 22, 2015. For those who will be unable to attend or have to tune in mid-program, don’t sweat it. We’ll be live blogging the entire ceremony so you can catch up and not miss a beat. With host Neil Patrick Harris on the scene, we can expect a few song and dance routines. Along with the competition this year, it will be an Oscars you won’t want to miss. The red carpet starts at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on ABC. Join us for the big show at 5:30 pm PST after the break to get in on the fun.
5 seconds in and we get a race joke and a musical number.
Jack Black took it to a dark place
And we got to see Anna Kendrick sing.
And of course we cannot forget to mention Oprah’s wealth when she is present.
Lupita Nyong’o is the first presenter of the evening
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
This was a well-deserved and obvious choice to win. Congrats to you J.K. #GolfClap
Neil Patrick Harris starts rambling on about this lock box…
I think J.K. Simmons needs to get on stage, slap him in the face, and ask him if he’s rushing or dragging.
Liam Neeson is on stage – taking a break from finding Maggie Grace – to preview the first two Best Picture nominees, The Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper.
Dakota Johnson arrives on stage to the tune of “Crazy in Love,” of course, to introduce Maroon 5…
I thought this was an award show for film? Maroon 5 isn’t even nominated for anything.
Jennifer Lopez and Chris Pine make their way to present the next award.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
The first of many awards The Grand Budapest Hotel will receive tonight. Brilliant costumes for a brilliant production.
Reese Witherspoon is our next presenter.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard (Foxcatcher)
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel) (WINNER)
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White (Guardians of the Galaxy)
And speaking of which. The Grand Budapest Hotel comes in with the big W again.
Channing Tatum waltzes onto the stage to announce the winners of the Team Oscar search campaign; young filmmakers created 60-second videos to showcase their talent and now get to hand Oscars to presenters.
Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor are the next presenters to hit the stage.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
I love how the director continued to give his acceptance speech with signs of stopping. That’s the way it’s done.
Shirley MacLaine is on stage next to celebrate the next three nominees for Best Picture: Boyhood, Birdman, and The Theory of Everything.
Neil Patrick Harris is really tanking hard.
At least Channing Tatum appeared to be having the best night of his life.
Marion Cotillard is our next presenter to introduce the next performers, as her eyes say, “WTF am I doing here and why am I presenting a musical performance.”
But at least it’s a musical performance we can all stand behind.
Tegan and Sara along with the Lonely Island perform “Everything is Awesome”
And it is truly awesome.
Like really awesome.
And then this happened:
And Batman completely stole the show. (I wonder what Michael Keaton was thinking at this very moment.)
Best facial expression of the night goes to Oprah.
This dog though.
Kerry Washington and Jason Batemen are the next stars to present awards for the evening.
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)
The Phone Call (WINNER)
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (WINNER)
The winners talk about suicide hotlines and NPH goes ahead and makes fun of her dress. Good job Harris.
Viola Davis is on stage to recognize the winners of the Governors Lifetime Achievement: Harry Belafonte, Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki, and Maureen O’Hara.
Gwyneth Paltrow introduces, her friend, Tim McGraw, to perform “I’m Not Going to Miss You.”
Miles Teller and Margot Robbie talk about some Academy stuff.
And then this happens…
Sienna Miller and Chris Evans are the next to present the sound awards.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
I’m really happy Whiplash won this. Like really happy. Sadly, I predicted American Sniper to win.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
American Sniper (WINNER)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
At least I got this one right.
Jared Leto and his flowing Jesus hair present the next award.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) (WINNER)
Laura Dern (Wild)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
And we may have a winner for best speech of the evening.
Meryl Streep approves. And when you have Meryl Streep’s approval it’s basically law.
Josh Hutcherson is next to introduce Rita Ora to sing “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights.
Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort are our next presenters.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Anna Kendrick and Kevin Hart come on stage to awkwardly make size jokes.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
A great choice to win.
Zoe Saldana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson take the stage to present the big animation award of the evening.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
Wow, I’m completely baffled by this decision. Not only that, I’m really upset that Dean DeBlois cannot be recognized for his incredible work.
The President of the AMPAS, Cheryl Boone Isaacs is up to talk about storytellers and fight the good fight against terrorists and freedom of speech. Let’s hope she talks about Dick Poop again.
Chris Pratt and Felicity Jones walk on stage to the tune of “Hooked on a Feeling” to present the next award.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel (WINNER)
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
The best, and clear choice to win by far.
Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain look glowing walking on stage to present the next award.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)) (WINNER)
Robert Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski (Ida)
Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
Roger Deakins (Unbroken)
A n0-brainer here.
Meryl Streep does her Meryl Streep thing to take a moment to reflect on those lost for the In Memoriam.
But where’s Joan Rivers?
Naomi Harris and Benedict Cumberbatch arrive on stage as the next presenters.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach (American Sniper)
Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
William Goldenberg (The Imitation Game)
Tom Cross (Whiplash) (WINNER)
I’m a bit shocked, but mostly happy at the same time. I would have sworn this would go to Boyhood.
Terrance Howard is having a moment right now. Like what are these colors, man?
He finally makes it through to present the next three Best Picture nominees: Whiplash, Selma, and The Imitation Game.
Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo are the next award presenters.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Saw this one coming. It’s on HBO GO if anyone wants to check it out.
Octavia Spencer took time away from her lock box watching duties to introduce John Legend and Common to perform “Glory” from Selma.
Good rip on John Travolta Neil Patrick Harris.
Idina Menzel is the next on stage with Glong Gazingo (John Travolta) to present next.
He redeems himself by pronouncing her name correctly!
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Everything Is Awesome” Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson (The Lego Movie)
“Glory” Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (Selma) (WINNER)
“Grateful” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren (Beyond the Lights)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me)
“Lost Stars” Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois (Begin Again)
Definitely a solid choice and the only win Selma will get tonight.
Scarlett Johansson is on stage to talk about Julie Andrews to prolong the evening, only to have Lady Gaga perform “The Hills are Alive” from The Sound of Music and other Andrews songs.
She doesn’t sound half bad. Not half bad at all. I’d say she crushed it.
Good on you Gaga.
And now Julie Andrews comes on to present the next award.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) (WINNER)
Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
Gary Yershon (Mr. Turner)
Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything)
A big win for the eight-time nominated composer. He was certainly due for this wonderful score.
Eddie Murphy struts his way up to the mic to present the next award.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo (WINNER)
Boyhood Written by Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler Written by Dan Gilroy
This throws me for a loop. With the WGA choosing Budapest Hotel, I would have thought it was the true victor tonight. I really wanted to hear Wes Anderson’s acceptance speech.
Oprah gives everyone Oscars while presenting the next award.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
American Sniper Written by Jason Hall
The Imitation Game Written by Graham Moore (WINNER)
Inherent Vice Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
Whiplash Written by Damien Chazelle
Graham Moore just delivered the best speech of the evening. He absolutely nailed it.
Ben Affleck aka Batfleck is our next presenter of the night.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)) (WINNER)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
Cate Blanchett is our third to last presenter tonight.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Michael Keaton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) (WINNER)
OK. Redmayne puts on one hell of a performance to imitate Stephen Hawking, but he would really be nothing without Felicity Jones. Keaton completely steals the show in Birdman and can carry his own weight. However, Jake Gyllenhaal is the true winner here and he’s not even nominated.
With that said, Redmayne does give a great acceptance speech and takes it like a true winner. Adorable.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
I really wish Rosamund Pike would have won, but Julianne Moore’s performance is fantastic.
Sean Penn is the final presenter of the evening.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (WINNER)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
And for those of you who think that Penn was being racist, no. He and Iñárritu go way back when they shot 21 Grams together and are pals.
I really, really wanted Boyhood to win one of the big two tonight, but sadly that wasn’t the case. It’s a shame, especially since Linklater took 12 years to make it.
And that’s that.
So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, adieu, Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu.
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