Finishing out the awards tonight, “Birdman” or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) won the Best Picture award. The film was written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo. The film follows a washed up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play. The film was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, and starred Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone.
“American Sniper” followed the personal and professional life of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. After Kyle’s return home after four tours of duty, Kyle find that life with his wife and kids is complicated by his work in military. Clint Eastwood directed the film, while Jason Hall wrote the screenplay. The film starred Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Kyle Gallner.
“Boyhood” is an unusual film shot over twelve years, following a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. The film was directed by Richard Linklater, who also wrote the film, and starred Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” was written and directed by Wes Anderson; and based on a story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” starred Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham and Mathieu Amalric. The story follows the days of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
“The Imitation Game” was directed by Morten Tyldum, working off a screenplay by Graham Moore, and based on the original book written by Andrew Hodges. The popular film starred Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode. The story takes place during World War II, as mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
“Selma” follows Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. The film was directed by Ava DuVernay from a script written by Paul Webb. Starring in the film were David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo and Tim Roth.
“The Theory of Everything” told the story of the the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. The film was directed by James Marsh, working off a screenplay written by Anthony McCarten. The film was based off the popular book written by Jane Hawking. Starring in the film were Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Tom Prior.
“Whiplash” followed the teachings of a young drummer who enrolled at a popular music conservatory. It is there the student is mentored by an overzealous instructor. The film was written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starred Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Melissa Benoist.