The 2015 Oscar Winners

By  · Published on February 22nd, 2015

A war hero, an actor living in the shadow of his superhero movie past, 12 years of one boys life, an eclectic hotel, an inventor, a civil rights icon, a titan of modern science and a drummer.

These are some of the most recognized stories we were told in 2014. It’s not the entire picture of what turned out to be a wonderful year of film, but it is the group that has made it to Oscar night. As our own Scott Beggs explained prior to last year’s ceremony, “The Oscars are an annual reminder that our focus has been reduced from hundreds of movies down to a few. It’s also a reminder that there is artistic work worth celebrating – beyond hype, beyond internal politics, beyond surface-level silliness – every year. We’re awash in it. Dozens of titles that won’t even be name-dropped tonight. Inside and outside the ceremony’s spotlight, there are a powerful amount of brilliant films.”

2014 was no exception: there were a number of brilliant films. And as we get started with tonight’s show, it’s time to let the snubs go, remember that Oscar night can be fun and just enjoy the show. Neil Patrick Harris is hosting, Birdman is probably winning and the Super Bowl of the Movie Industry is ready to roll.

Follow along with us all night, as we’ll be tracking the 2015 Oscar winners (in red) live. You can also follow along with our live commentary on Twitter. Just follow @rejectnation, where yours truly will be making bad jokes. For those tracking our team’s pick accuracy, our predictions are marked with an *.

BEST PICTURE

American Sniper
Birdman*
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman*
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything*

BEST ACTRESS

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice*
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash*

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood*
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

American Sniper, Jason Hall
The Imitation Game, Graham Moore*
Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo
Boyhood, Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson and Hugo Guiness*
Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki*
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert D. Yeoman
Ida, (Ryszard Lenczweski and Lukasz Zal
Mr. Turner, Dick Pope
Unbroken, Roger Deakins

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero*
Inherent Vice, Mark Bridges
Into the Woods, Colleen Atwood
Mr. Turner, Jacqueline Durran
Maleficent, Anna B. Sheppard

BEST FILM EDITING

American Sniper, Joel Cox and Gary Roach
Boyhood, Sandra Adair*
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg
Whiplash, Tom Cross

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Foxcatcher, Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier*
Guardians of the Galaxy, Eliazabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat*
The Imitation Game, Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar, Hans Zimmer
Mr. Turner, Gary Yershon
The Theory of Everything, Jóhann Jóhannsson

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Lost Stars” from Begin Again, Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Everything is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie, Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from Selma, John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn*
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights, Diane Warren

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock*
The Imitation Game, Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar, Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis and Paul Healy
Into the Woods, Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner, Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts

BEST SOUND EDITING

American Sniper, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman*
Birdman, Martin Hernandez and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
Interstellar, Richard King
Unbroken, Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

BEST SOUND MIXING

American Sniper, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
Birdman, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
Interstellar, Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
Unbroken, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
Whiplash, Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley*

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
Guardians of the Galaxy, Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
Interstellar, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher*
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2*
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Wild Tales, Damián Szifrón; Argentina
Tangerines, Zaza Urushadze; Estonia
Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako; Mauritania
Ida, Pawel Pawlikowski; Poland*
Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev; Russia

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

CITIZENFOUR*
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1*
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast*
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh
The Phone Call*

Neil Miller is the persistently-bearded Publisher of Film School Rejects, Nonfics, and One Perfect Shot. He's also the Executive Producer of the upcoming One Perfect Shot TV show (HBO Max, 2021) and the co-host of The Storm: A LOST Rewatch podcast. He can be found on Twitter here: @rejects (He/Him)