2015 Oscar Winners
and Nominees
by Phil Boatwright

The 87th Academy Awards aired, February 22nd, 2015. Here' a list of nominees in major categories. Winners in each category are in larger bold text. Click on the link to read the Preview review, if available.

Best Picture

American Sniper (Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, producers)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence) (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, producers)
Boyhood (Richard and Cathleen Sutherland, producers)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, producers)
The Imitation Game (Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, producers)
Selma (Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, producers)
The Theory of Everything (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, producers)
Whiplash (Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster

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 Innocence)
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Actress In a Leading Role

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

Actor In a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Actress In a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Animated Feature Film

Big Hero 6 (Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli, producers)
The Boxtrolls (Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight, producers)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold, producers)
Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore and Paul Young, producers)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura, producers)


Emmanuel, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)
Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Costume Design

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


Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Documentary Feature

CitizenFour (Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky, producers)
Finding Vivian Maier (John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, producers)
Last Days in Vietnam (Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester, producers)
The Salt of the Earth (Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier, producers)
Virunga (Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara, producers)

Documentary Short

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry, producers)
Joanna (Aneta Kopacz,producer)
Our Curse (Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki, producers)
The Reaper (La Parka) (Gabriel Serra Arguello, prodcuer)
White Earth (J. Christian Jensen, producer)

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

Foreign Language Film

Ida (Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski)
Leviathan (Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Tangerines (Estonia; Directed by Zaza Urushadze)
Timbuktu (Mauritania; Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako)
Wild Tales (Argentina; Directed by Damián Szifron)


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

Music (Original Score)

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

Music (Original Song)

"Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie, Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
"Glory" from Selma, Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
"Grateful" from Beyond the Lights, Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
"Lost Stars" from Begin Again, Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Production Design

Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), The Grand Budapest Hotel

Maria Djurkovic (Production Design); Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration), The Imitation Game
Nathan Crowley (Production Design); Gary Fettis (Set Decoration), Interstellar
Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), Into the Woods
Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration), Mr. Turner

Short Film (Animated)

The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees, producers)
The Dam Keeper (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, producers)
Feast (Patrick and Kristina Reed, producers)
Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove, producer)
A Single Life (Joris Oprins, producer)

Short Film (Live Action)

Aya (Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, producers)
Boogaloo and Graham (Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney, producers)
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) (Hu Wei and Julien Féret, producers)
Parvaneh (Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger, producers)
The Phone Call (Mat Kirkby and James Lucas, producers)

Sound Editing

Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, American Sniper
Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Richard King, Interstellar
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, Unbroken

Sound Mixing

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin,American Sniper
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)
Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten, Interstellar
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee, Unbroken
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, Whiplash

Visual Effects

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

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall
The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore
Inherent Vice, Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence), Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
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