It was the night the movie industry had been waiting for as the winners of the 87th Annual Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles Sunday evening.
An emotional Eddie Redmayne was almost too choked to speak as he accepted the Best Actor award for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. ‘Thank you – I don’t I’m capable of articulating quite how I feel right now but please know this – I am fully aware of that I am lucky, lucky man”’ he said, while clutching his trophy.
‘This Oscar, wow! This Oscar, this belongs to all of those people around the world, battling ALS,” he added with a look of disbelief on his face.
Meanwhile, it was the film Birdman that flew home with the Oscar for Best Picture of the night. The comedy drama took home a total of four awards out of nine nominations on Sunday night; a number that tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel wins included Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
Birdman is about a washed-up, former superhero actor attempting an impossible comeback on Broadway. The film was acclaimed for looking like one continuous shot through a Broadway theater along with mixing reality with fantasy.
The 87th annual Oscars seemed to favor movies of stature rather than movies with had big box office hits for example films such as American Sniper and Wild missed out on the top prizes.
However, lead actor Michael Keaton for Birdman’s was beaten out of the best actor award by Eddie. Eddie revealed backstage that winning was like a “weird and wild dream”.