Oscars live: The best of the Academy Awards

Oscars live: The best of the Academy Awards

A live roundup of the best moments of the 87th Academy Awards.

  • 2/23/2015 3:46:02 AM Paul Olund
    O Canada!

    Craig Mann, who won with Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley for sound mixing on “Whiplash,” said the calls from up north were coming in fast and furious.

    “Phone's been blowing up,” said the native of Canada. “It's great to represent the northern touch there.

    Mann, who came with his mother, told reporters the hardest part of the film was the short turnaround time. They had just five weeks from the end of shooting until Sundance.

    “That amount of mixing and amount of time is difficult,” Mann said.

    Added Wilkins: “One nomination is a real honor. To win one is sublime and I've run out of superlatives. It's fantastic, brilliant.

    -- Tre'vell Anderson

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  • 2/23/2015 3:47:05 AM Paul Olund
    'Whiplash' wins for film editing

    Tom Cross has won the Oscar for film editing in "Whiplash."


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  • 2/23/2015 3:54:05 AM Paul Olund
    'Citizenfour' wins documentary feature

    Radius TWC

    "Citizenfour" has won the Oscar for documentary feature.


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  • 2/23/2015 3:55:02 AM Paul Olund
    'Whiplash,' editing and its great last scene

    This Oscar used to go hand in hand with the best picture winner. Recently, not so much. Three of the past four winners for editing did not go to the movie that won best picture. ("Gravity" won last year.) Thought "Boyhood" might win this for the way it took 12 years of footage and turned it into a movie that had a lot of interesting things to say about the passage of time. But think of that great, long, last scene in "Whiplash," the way it cut back and forth between Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. The tension created by that superb editing was incredible. Good call, academy.


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  • 2/23/2015 4:06:58 AM Paul Olund
    For Common, 'Glory' had to be majestic, radical

    "One thing ['Selma' director Ava DuVernay] wanted was to show that the movement was radical," said Common, the rap star, poet and actor behind the song "Glory."

    "Nonviolence is still radical. It's still going against the grain. It takes a lot of strength to be nonviolent in the face of violence. She wanted it to have the majesty -- Dr. King had something that's majestic. The movie was epic but intimate. [The song] also had to be big, universal, speaking to all the multitudes of people. But it had to keep the radical aspects and the majesty -- and the love."

    Before the lyrics came together, Common says he had an "epiphany" to recruit John Legend to write the song's musical framework and chorus. He reached the nine-time Grammy winner while Legend was touring Europe. Legend enthusiastically agreed, saying he had one day off.

    --Michael Ordoña


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  • 2/23/2015 4:08:26 AM Paul Olund
    'Glory' wins original song

    "Glory" from "Selma" has won the Oscar for original song.


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  • 2/23/2015 4:12:19 AM Paul Olund
    'Glory' wins original song

    “Glory,” John Legend and Common's stirring anthem from “Selma,” won the Academy Award for original song Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

    Widely tipped to take the Oscar, the song promises to “fight on to the finish” for civil rights, linking Rosa Parks' historic refusal to give up a bus seat to demonstrations last year in Ferguson, Mo., over a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

    “King pointed to the mountaintop, and we ran up,” Common raps in a reference to the Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr., whose activism is recounted in director Ava DuVernay's film.

    In January, “Glory” won a Golden Globe, and this month Legend and Common closed the Grammy Awards telecast with a dramatic performance of the song.

    Yet its ascent hasn't come without controversy.

    "Even mentioning Ferguson [in the song], I caught flak from people on Twitter," Legend recently told The Times. "They said this song would have been great if you didn't mention Ferguson. They only want to talk about race when it has the patina of nostalgia, and MLK when there's a sense of deification. They don't want to talk about race right now because it's uglier to deal with. We weren't afraid to talk about what's happening today."

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  • 2/23/2015 4:12:39 AM Paul Olund
    'Equal means equal'

    Patricia Arquette did not make "the dreaded mani-cam" a priority on Oscar Sunday, she said. Not a surprise, given the impassioned acceptance speech demanding equal rights for women.

    She had other things on her mind.

    Arquette didn't see Meryl Streep's enthusiastic "You go girl!" reaction, but heard about it.

    "I hugged her afterward and she's the queen of all actresses, the patron saint of all actresses.

    "Equal means equal," she told reporters backstage. "Actresses, the older they get the less they get paid."

    She wasn't limiting the scope of equality to her peers, however -- far from it. She opined that one reason women in America don't have equal rights is because the Founding Fathers never intended that status for women.

    "I think we need federal laws that are comprehensive," she said in response to a question about Amy Pascal's comment that women need to be better negotiators to get equal pay. Arquette's dream: "a Constitutional amendment where we pass the ERA once and for all and women have equal rights."

    She continued: "The truth is, even though we sort of feel we have equal rights in America, right under the surface we have huge issues."

    -- Christie D'Zurilla

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  • 2/23/2015 4:29:09 AM Paul Olund
    The dress with furry orbs

    John Shearer / John Shearer/Invision/AP

    While Reese Witherspoon was urging reporters on the red carpet to ask actresses about more than their dresses, it was impossible not to ask Dana Perry about hers after she and Ellen Goosenberg Kent took the Oscar for documentary short.

    Neither filmmaker had heard host Neil Patrick Harris' comment as they left the stage: "You have to have a lot of balls to wear that dress." However, they both howled with laughter backstage when they were told about it.

    "I went shopping in my mother in law's attic," Perry explained, nothing that her in-law had passed away. "She had great style in the '60s and '70s, and this is one of her excellent signature pieces -- and I love to wear it because I get to make awesome dirty jokes about it.

    "And it's warm."

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  • 2/23/2015 4:29:15 AM Paul Olund
    For those keeping score

    The leaders in the statuette race so far are “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with four trophies and “Whiplash,” which has won three.


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  • 2/23/2015 4:29:45 AM Paul Olund
    Desplat: Eighth try, first Oscar

    Alexandre Desplat now has an Oscar. Yay! He had eight nominations without winning ¿ two this year for "Budapest" and "The Imitation Game."

    The win gives "Budapest" four Oscars for the night. I'm starting to feel pretty good about its chances in the original screenplay category. I'd love to see Wes Anderson take the stage after being thanked by so many throughout the evening.

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  • 2/23/2015 4:30:39 AM Paul Olund
    Go, Gaga, go

    Lady Gaga is back, people.

    After spending much of last year crawling her way back from the perceived failure of her album "Artpop" -- and not appearing to have much fun doing it -- the pop star seems to be enjoying herself again.

    Her medley of tunes from "The Sound of Music" made no sense, really, but how bright was the smile she was flashing?

    Almost as bright as her silver-blond hair.

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  • 2/23/2015 4:37:42 AM Paul Olund
    'Imitation Game' wins adapted screenplay

    "The Imitation Game's" Graham Moore has won the Academy Award for adapted screenplay.


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  • 2/23/2015 4:38:09 AM Paul Olund
    The ceremony stretches past three hours

    For the last decade, the length of the show has stayed close to 3½ hours, but it used to be much longer. The 2002 broadcast was a bloated four hours and 23 minutes.

    Want more Oscars trivia? Head here to play our interactive bingo game as the ceremony goes on.

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  • 2/23/2015 4:45:00 AM Paul Olund
    Alejandro G. Inarritu wins best director

    Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

    Alejandro G. Inarritu has won the best director Oscar for his film “Birdman.

    Only the second Latin American filmmaker to take that prize, Inarritu was considered to be in a neck-and-neck race with Richard Linklater for the Oscar.

    “Birdman,” a black comedy about ego, fame and insecurity, stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.

    Profile: Inarritu sees the "Birdman" in us all

    Video: The effect "Birdman" has had on the director


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  • 2/23/2015 4:49:55 AM Paul Olund
    It's all about the drama

    Paul Duginski / Los Angeles Times

    Using IMDb records, UCLA researchers analyzed every Oscar-eligible film between the founding of the academy in 1927 through 2005 (that's 171,539 performances by 39,518 actors in 19,351 films). They concluded that dramas were 90% more likely to receive nominations.

    -- Kyle Kim

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  • 2/23/2015 4:53:24 AM Paul Olund
    Eddie Redmayne wins best actor

    Eddie Redmayne has won the Oscar for lead actor for his portrayal of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” a story centered largely around Hawking's debilitating ALS and his first marriage.

    Redmayne's win, with his first nomination, caps a tight lead actor race that many expected to see Michael Keaton win.

    Interview: Eddie Redmayne on becoming Stephen Hawking

    Article: Redmayne and Felicity Jones find mutual orbit

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  • Weird how you start to feel like you know these people during award season. Like I legitimately feel happy for Eddie as if he were a friend.
  • 2/23/2015 5:04:04 AM Paul Olund
    Julianne Moore wins best actress

    Julianne Moore has won the Oscar for lead actress for her portrayal of Alice Howland, a linguistics professor beset with early onset Alzheimer's disease in “Still Alice.” Moore's win, her first in five nominations, was largely expected, as the actress had swept all awards in that category leading up to the Oscars.

    Photos: Julianne Moore through the years
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  • 2/23/2015 5:04:31 AM Paul Olund
    So many British nominees this year

    British actors make up 25% of this year's acting nominees. The Brits haven't been this well represented in the Oscars since 2002, when 8 out of 25 acting nominees were from Britain.

    Want more Oscars trivia? Head here to play our interactive bingo game as the ceremony goes on.

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  • Reaction to #Birdman winning is pretty muted inside the Dolby. No huge standing ovation. #Oscars2015
  • 2/23/2015 5:11:56 AM Paul Olund
    He said it
    Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?

     Sean Penn on announcing Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman" had won for best picture
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  • 2/23/2015 5:14:34 AM Paul Olund
    'Birdman' wins best picture

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    “Birdman” won the Oscar for best picture. Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu and starring Michael Keaton, the film is a darkly comic look at fame and ego. In a very tight race for the top prize, the film beat out other top contenders “Boyhood” and “American Sniper.

    Review: "Birdman" soars feathered and unfettered

    Interview: Inarritu and Keaton discuss three key scenes

    Videos: Behind the scenes

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  • @redeyechicago: As the winners go home, here's all the free junk they will also take with them. trib.in/1AKswJC #Oscars2015”
  • 2/23/2015 5:30:19 AM Paul Olund
    No picture/director split after all

    "Birdman" for picture.

    "Birdman" for director.

    "Birdman" for original screenplay.

    Alejandro G. Inarritu is going to need a wheelbarrow to cart all his Oscars to the airport tomorrow as he heads back to Canada where he's shooting a revenge western titled "Revenant."

    No disrespect to "Birdman," but it would have been nice if these three Oscars had been divvied up between "Birdman," "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

    But that's just me. "Birdman" diehards, few in number though they may be, are very happy right now. And Inarritu, soulful, poetic, as always, deserves congratulations.

    Good night!

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  • Mexican filmmakers and #Oscars alum Inarritu, Del Toro and Cuaron share longtime ties borne on frank talk fw.to/0WG247X
  • 2/23/2015 5:31:16 AM Paul Olund
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  • 2/23/2015 5:31:45 AM Paul Olund
    The final tally

    "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Birdman" both walked away with four statuettes, and "Whiplash" walked away with three.


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