The 2015 Academy Awards were presented last night with a couple of surprises and a few well deserved acknowledgements. 87th Academy Awards 2015 The audience favorite “Birdman” won Best Film of the year as well as Best director, “Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu”. There were gasps in the audience when Michael Keaton was not named best actor with the nod instead going to Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Dr. Steven Hawkins in the “Theory of Everything.” Julianne Moore won her first Oscar for Best Actress for “Still Alice.” J. K. Simmons, who marveled in his role as a driven music instructor in the film “Whiplash,” won Best Supporting Actor.

The acclaimed film “Boyhood”, which was filmed over a 12 year period, one Best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette said Boyhood was thought to be a leading contender for Best Film nod but the choice of films this year were exceptionally of high quality.

The film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won a number of awards primarily in the artistic categories, including makeup, production and costumes.

The overall presentation of the show was crisp and funny and clicked along. The host for the 87th Awards Show, Neil Patrick Harris, did not overplay his role and kept the pace of the show going at a quick pace. He will forever be remembered for his “tidy whitey” scene when he appeared on stage only in his briefs and shoes and socks.

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