#Oscars Backstage Livestream released

20:10 and John Legend and Common have one, for “Glory”, from SELMA.

20:20 Lady Gaga wrapping up her performance, the audience as shown from the Livestream is totally with Lady, as is Miss Julie Andrews.

  • Original Score – Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

The next Oscar goes to

  • Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Adapted Screenplay – Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Updated Current Standings, as of 7:30pm PST, 2 hours into the broadcast:
The Great Budapest Hotel – 4 (and a half, splitting Production/Set)
Whiplash – 3
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – 2
– 1
Interstellar – 1
Selma – 1
American Sniper – got its first one

20:43 Alejandro G. Iñárritu wins as Best Director, for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

ABCDisney backstage commentator: Eddie Redmayne is “almost a given” for Best Actor.  we’ll find out, won’t we?
Then the subject of Best Actress Julianne Moore comes up.  We’ll find out.

Commentary: I have to say – that was a huge upset. We had a feeling Birdman was going to take down a bunch of the big awards but, for Wes Anderson and ESPECIALLY Richard Linklater to lose their shot here, if very disappointing. Inarritu did a magnificent job but, this is upsetting.

I’ve been watching the blog at http://www.slashfilm.com/2015-oscar-winners/ to get the quickest, most reliable updates all evening, and I am grateful to my fellow bloggers.  I didn’t find it such an upset; the directing achievements this year are so incredible, each one struggling to overcome particular obstacles (filming over 12 years in one case, filming as if to present the film as a single cut in another).  The Mexican directors link (last year was Alejandro Cuaron, for Gravity); it’s a different kind of foreign upsurge than Fellini et al in the ‘60s.

  • Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

And we’re down to the two final awards, with four minutes to go before overtime.  Used to be, back in the day, the broadcast would start at 8:00pm on the east coast, and sometimes go past midnight before delivering the last award.   Doesn’t happen so much these days.

  • Best Actress – Julianne Moore, Still Alice (presented by last year’s Best Actor winner, Matthew McConaughey)

Congratulations to the Best Actor and Actress of 2015, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.
I’ve loved her in nearly everything I’ve seen, and she is very deserving of this award, and Eddie I just saw last night, in Jupiter Ascending.  I guess I’m just good luck.

21:04  Sean Penn is a surprise (?) presenter.  And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to BIRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Our congratulations go out to Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole for their achievement.

The final count for #Oscars 2015 is as follows:
The Great Budapest Hotel – 4 (and a half, splitting Production/Set)
Whiplash – 3
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – 4
– 1
Interstellar – 1
Selma – 1
American Sniper – received its one award.


Well, that was an interesting experience.  What are the bets I’ll be doing it again, next year?

I kind of got distracted, and didn’t find the ABCDisney ceremony highlights until after the broadcast.  All the things I didn’t get to see are up for viewing now:


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