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The Oscars -- 2015 Academy Awards
Best Picture

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything


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

Animated Feature Film

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

Adapted Screenplay

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

Original Screenplay

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

Film Editing

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

Actor in a Leading Role

Steve Carell -- Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper -- American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch -- The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton -- Birdman
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
Mark Ruffalo -- Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons -- Whiplash


Actress in a Supporting Role

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


Foreign Language Film

Wild Tales

Makeup and Hairstyling

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" by Shawn Patterson, The LEGO Movie

"Glory" by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn, Selma

"Grateful" by Diane Warren, Beyond the Lights

"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

"Lost Stars" by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, Begin Again


Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
Robert D. Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski - 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 -- Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran -- Mr. Turner

Documentary Feature

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

Documentary Short Subject

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

Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Production design: Adam Stockhausen
Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

The Imitation Game
Production design: Maria Djurkovic
Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald

Production design: Nathan Crowley
Set Decoration: Gary Fettis

Into the Woods
Production design: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

Mr. Turner
Production design: Suzie Davies
Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Short Film – Animated

The Bigger Picture
-- Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees

The Dam Keeper
-- Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

-- Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Me and My Moulton
-- Torill Kove

A Single Life
-- Joris Oprins

Short Film – Live Action

-- Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis

Boogaloo and Graham
-- Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney

Butter Lamp
Hu Wei and Julien Féret

-- Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger

The Phone Call
-- Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Sound Editing

American Sniper
-- Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

-- Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
-- Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
-- Richard King
-- Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Sound Mixing

American Sniper
-- John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
-- Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
-- Garry A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
-- Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
-- Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Visual Effects

Captain America: 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 -- Stephanie 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

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