The 2015 Oscars were not very surprising. If you played it safe on your ballot, you probably got at least 20 correct. Which is more or less how it works these days, sadly. But there were a few morsels of unexpected tonight, for better or worse:
“Birdman” beats “Boyhood”… three times.
“Birdman” went into this the favorite so it’s not entirely a surprise it ended up winning Best Picture, but the fact that it added Best Director and Best Original Screenplay to that haul wasn’t predicted across the board. It left “Boyhood” with only one Oscar in the end.
Every single Best Picture nominee took home a prize.
For the first time since the Oscars expanded beyond five nominees, every single film nominated for Best Picture went home a winner, from “Selma’s” Best Original Song win to “The Imitation Game” taking home Best Adapted Screenplay.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” wins four… but not for Best Original Screenplay.
Wes Anderson was thanked time and time again over the course of the evening, with the winners of Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Original Score. But Anderson himself didn’t get a chance to return the thank yous — he ended up losing Best Original Screenplay (which most predicted he would win) to the folks from “Birdman” (which was an early sign of things to come).
“Whiplash” upsets “American Sniper” for Best Sound Mixing… but then loses for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Another man who was thanked a lot tonight was Damien Chazelle, who saw his “Whiplash” take home three trophies for Best Film Editing, Best Supporting Actor, and — in a borderline surprise — Best Sound Mixing over “American Sniper” (take that, big budgets). But Chazelle himself wasn’t in the ultimate winner’s circle, losing Best Adapted Screenplay to Graham Moore for “The Imitation Game.”
“Big Hero 6” wins Best Animated Feature.
A rare genuine shocker tonight (really the only one) was when “Big Hero 6” triumphed over “How To Train Your Dragon 2” to give Disney its second consecutive non-Pixar related Oscar. Though the filmmakers should probably thank the folks who didn’t vote to nominate “The LEGO Movie.”