2015 Oscars: Full Winners List + Reviews of the Show

  • Publish Date: February 23, 2015
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Films With Most 2015 Oscar Wins
1 Birdman 4 wins
  The Grand Budapest Hotel 4 wins
3 Whiplash 3 wins

Though Richard Linklater's one-of-a-kind Boyhood had the early awards-season momentum (and in fact finishes the season with more best picture victories than any other film), the predictions turned out to be true: it was Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) that soared to a best picture victory at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

In fact, Birdman fans got to see writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu take the stage three times at last night's Oscars, while the film's cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, collected a fourth trophy for the film. Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel matched Birdman's year-high total of 4 wins, even with Anderson losing in the original screenplay category (in a slight upset) to the Birdman team. In all, however, there were few surprises in the ceremony, unless you had somehow predicted that it would conclude on schedule.

Scroll down the page to find reviews of last night's broadcast from a variety of TV critics, as well as a look at how well experts and Metacritic users did with their Oscar predictions this year. But before that, here is a complete list of this year's Oscar winners:

The winners and losers

Listed below are this year's winners in each of the 24 Academy Award categories, compared to the consensus predictions of industry experts (more on that below).

Category Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Best Picture y Birdman Birdman
Director y Alejandro González Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Lead Actress y Julianne Moore
Still Alice
Julianne Moore
Still Alice
Lead Actor y Eddie Redmayne
The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne
The Theory of Everything
Supporting Actress y Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
Supporting Actor y J.K. Simmons
J.K. Simmons
Original Screenplay n Wes Anderson/Hugo Guinness
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Adapted Screenplay y Graham Moore
The Imitation Game
Graham Moore
The Imitation Game
Animated Feature n How to Train Your Dragon 2 Big Hero 6
Animated Short y Feast Feast
Documentary Feature y Citizenfour Citizenfour
Documentary Short y Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Foreign-Language Feature y Ida Ida
Live-Action Short y The Phone Call The Phone Call
Original Score n Johann Johannsson
The Theory of Everything
Alexandre Desplat
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Original Song y "Glory" from Selma
by John Legend and Common
"Glory" from Selma
by John Legend and Common
Cinematography y Emmanuel Lubezki
Emmanuel Lubezki
Costume Design y The Grand Budapest Hotel The Grand Budapest Hotel
Film Editing n Sandra Adair
Tom Cross
Makeup & Hairstyling y The Grand Budapest Hotel The Grand Budapest Hotel
Production Design y The Grand Budapest Hotel The Grand Budapest Hotel
Sound Editing y American Sniper American Sniper
Sound Mixing y Whiplash Whiplash
Visual Effects y Interstellar Interstellar

How accurate were the predictions?


As you can see above, the experts we surveyed prior to the ceremony performed fairly well, with correct picks in 20 of the 24 Oscar categories—a success rate of 83.3%. That's just one correct pick short of last year's excellent 21-for-24 record. In the four categories the experts got wrong (original screenplay, animated feature, original score, and film editing), the Oscar went to the experts' #2 preference, so even there they weren't far off.

Out of the over 60 experts we surveyed, the most accurate were:

At the other end of the spectrum, the least accurate expert (among those making picks in all 24 categories) was:

  • Dan Kois (Slate), with just 11 of 24 (45.8%) correct

Metacritic users

As a group, Metacritic users performed far worse than the experts and matched their worst showing to date, correctly guessing just 14 of the 24 winners—a middling 58.3% accuracy rate. (Call it the Washington Post jinx.) Some of their misses came from supporting Boyhood too heavily, as our users had picked that film to win for best picture, director, and film editing. Last year, by comparison, Metacritic users had 20 picks correct (for an 83% success rate).

However, the best-performing Metacritic user this year had more correct picks than the top expert. The most accurate of the over 3,000 Metacritic users submitting picks this year were:

  • John Tibbitts, 22 of 24 correct
  • 9 other users (including Keir Basilio, Trevor Currier, Joseph Lorenzini, and J Pablo Rebollar) with 20 of 24 correct

How was the telecast?

Oh, is it over yet? Last night's/this morning's broadcast (it ran for nearly 3 hours and 40 minutes, with the final award handed out past midnight on the East Coast) was again produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who received fairly abysmal reviews for their first Academy Awards ceremony in 2013 and only slightly better notices for last year's broadcast. Was the third time the charm? And how did Neil Patrick Harris perform during his first-ever Oscar-hosting gig? The answers to those questions appear to be not exactly, and not up to his usual high standards, respectively. Below are some of the comments from TV critics' morning-after reviews; click any link to read the full review.

Boston Globe Matthew Gilbert

Of course it was overlong, with the usual flabby middle made of niche awards and songs. But with the help of a charming host, a stage that was both grand and intimate, a few small scandals and errors, and one or two honest, rousing moments, it passed by with a minimum of pain.

Deadline Jeremy Gerard

Whether it was the barbed lines or three-plus hours of material that just grew flatter by the minute, Harris was a different figure from the fearless, amiable and funny emcee of multiple Tony Awards and other shows.

HitFix Alan Sepinwall

There were moments throughout tonight's show where it felt like not only hours were passing, but days, weeks and possibly epochs. ... No Oscar host bats a thousand — the show is too long and unwieldy and there's only so much the host can do after the first hour or so — but either the production consumed Harris, the writing failed him, or he picked a very strange night to go off-brand.

The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

Harris displayed winning charm and appealing insouciance.

Los Angeles Times Mary McNamara

As the telecast headed into its second hour, it was marked mostly by the familiar sight of repeat winners and the unfamiliar sight of Harris punting joke after joke.

New Orleans Times-Picayune Dave Walker

Harris played it like he was basically born to do it -- light on his feet working the crowd or at center stage without his pants, winkingly self-deprecating, moving-right-along when his prepared material didn't land (which was too often) -- and he now may have a job for life if he wants it. ... Not his fault that his material so frequently fell so very flat, and I'm looking at you predictions-box gag.

New York Daily News David Hinckley

Somehow Neil Patrick Harris gave us both too little and too much in his first Oscar hosting voyage Sunday night.

The New York Times Alessandra Stanley

Oscar nights almost always drag on too long, but this one was a slog almost from the very beginning.

NPR Linda Holmes

Harris ... seemed unable to do anything with the format except do what hosts have been doing at the Oscars for years: struggle to get to "doing okay," lucky to be dismissed as kind of dull.

Orlando Sentinel Hal Boedeker

The best moments in the long Academy Awards telecast had nothing to do with host Neil Patrick Harris, who had a very off night. ... The music saved this Oscar telecast, but it was still a long, tedious show.

Slate Willa Paskin

This was one of the least funny Oscars in recent memory.

Time James Poniewozik

As a TV broadcast, it struggled not just with length but tone, trying alternately to be light entertainment and a meaningful statement. Sometimes it was delightfully one, sometimes it was affectingly the other. But often the two collided painfully.

USA Today Robert Bianco

But for all Harris's skill and charm, the show too often pushed him past his abilities. He's not a comedian capable of making something out of nothing, which is what the script too often gave him, or of getting audience members to save a joke for him in the way that Ellen DeGeneres could.

Variety Brian Lowry

Too much clunky scripted material flummoxed even Harris’ impish, good-natured charms. The Oscars are an unwieldy construct, but fleeting YouTube-worthy moments couldn’t overcome a telecast that played more than usual like a cheesy variety show interrupted by a celebration of movies.

Vox Todd VanDerWerff

Harris is the sort of guy who could probably host awards shows for a living, if there were enough of them to host, so we may be holding him to unreasonable standards. But for every twist of cheeky brilliance — much of the opening number, wandering out on stage in his underwear, the occasional zinger — he seemed a bit uneasy about just how much he could really stick it to the awards he was hosting. Many of his running gags, like a bit about his Oscar predictions, fell flat.

Washington Post Hank Stuever

Neil Patrick Harris couldn’t deliver quite all the thrills needed to get through the three-hour, 38-minute Oscar folderol without a yawn.

What do you think?

Were you happy with the Academy's choices? What did you think of the telecast, and NPH as the host? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments (4)

  • lukechristiansc  

    With Neil Patrick Harris as a host a blabbing jokes and sappy okay humor as the host he did not make it enjoyable (at least he was better than James Franco). Gaga did sort of steal the show! but she was not good enough and did make the Oscars enjoyable it just made more dumb than it needs to be. Oscars did it again! ruin our predictions with films that should be nominated and some that should not, Boyhood deserved to win! Birdman as well; but at least nominate Gone Girl or Beyond the lights and Wild. I give Harris a B- for hosting my final grade D-

  • katezoe  

    Total cinephile and watching the Oscars since I was 10 years old in 1962. This was one of the worst shows ever....friends calling, texting, etc after 30 minutes asking whhat a bore! I hope ABC get's it and the entire shows needs a total redo. Harris bombed, musical performances boring and tedious exept "Glory." Gaga stole the show!!! And last but not list no Oscars for African-American's so let's make up and make them presenters, audience members and performers. Really?

  • LamontRaymond  

    Worst TV ratings for the telecast since 2009.... doesn't surprise me.

  • LamontRaymond  

    Wow, John Tibbitts is a stud! You should do some kind of sponsored Bracketology thing next year which would give the winner a cash prize of some sort.... Otherwise, the show was probably more boring than it's been in years, despite the always fun NPH. Even the political statements were a little tepid. Birdman is probably the "worst" best picture in years, though obviously not a bad movie. Whiplash is clearly a better movie, but for some reason, Hollywood doesn't like to honor that sort of thing.

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